Brooklyn/Queens Waterfront

Brooklyn/Queens Waterfront

Brooklyn/Queens Waterfront Overview

The Brooklyn/Queens Waterfront, which stretches from Sunset Park to Long Island City, and inland along the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, is a compilation of nine distinct and diverse neighborhoods that are home to nearly 100,000 residents. The built environment is a mix of commercial, residential, and industrial uses. The residential units are concentrated in multi-family and mixed use buildings. The Brooklyn/Queens Waterfront also houses critical infrastructure for transportation and wastewater treatment.  As a very brief overview of what happened during Sandy:

  • Stillwater flooding caused serious damage
  • Nearly half of all businesses impacted were industrial
  • Multi-family buildings were without power and heat between two and three weeks, and some buildings lacked running water 
  • 100,000 residents and 1,700 businesses employing nearly 20,000 people were impacted
  • Loss of transportation was the greatest infrastructure impact

The Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency conducted ongoing briefings with elected officials, community boards, and community-based organizations along the Brooklyn/Queens Waterfront and surrounding areas and held public workshops in the area, designed to acquire feedback directly from the residents. You can read more about these workshops by clicking on the links below: 

Brooklyn Waterfront Public Workshop

Northern Brooklyn / Queens Waterfront Public Workshop

Sunset Park Public Workshop