Tours

Join colleagues and tour any of the below green infrastructure sites, exclusive to CitiesAlive. Register a la carte, or choose the Advanced Delegate Pass which has a local walking tour included!

Please note that the Randalls Island and the Kingsland Wildflowers tour are free and do not need to be included as your tour choice for the Advanced Delegate Pass. 

 

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Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof Tour

Join us at Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Engagement Center for a tour and talk with landscape designer, Marni Majorelle of Alive Structures and project coordinator, Niki Jackson of NYC Audubon.

Kingsland Wildflowers is a Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) project committed to expanding natural habitat and green corridors for bird and wildlife populations. The vision, conceived through partnerships with local businesses, community voices and wildlife experts, is providing Greenpoint with living and growing infrastructure to support native New York City wildlife and educational programming focused on sustainable conservation practices and habitat protection. Kingsland Wildflowers is a 22,000 square foot green roof which sits atop an active movie studio owned and operated by Broadway Stages, in the most sci-fi and industrial section of North Brooklyn alongside EPA Superfund site, Newtown Creek. Funding provided to NYC Audubon for the project management, green roof research, and wildlife monitoring. Our community partner is Newtown Creek Alliance. We are an educational and science-focused green roof fostering ecology, sustainability and community.This tour is free but no transportation will be provided.

Tour Guide: Marni Majorelle of Alive Structures and project coordinator, Niki Jackson of NYC Audubon

When: Monday, September 24th, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet-up Location: Kingsland Wildflowers, 520 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Price: FREE

Photo Credit: Kingsland Wildflowers


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Randalls Island Tour

The green roof on NYC Parks Department's Five Borough Administrative Building is the only known green roof in the country to feature 30 distinct systems side by side. This massive rooftop landscape serves as a living laboratory that grows a variety of sedum, fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries. NYC Parks is monitoring the performance of each system to identify the types of green roofs that will thrive in NYC's urban environment. Additional sustainability features include solar panels and a rainwater collection system. The tour will discuss labor and material costs, the difference between the systems and more.

This tour is free but no transportation will be provided.

Tour Guide: Max Lerner, Sustainability Project Development Coordinator, NYC Parks

When: Monday, September 24th, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Meet-up Location: 20 Bronx Shore Road, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10035
Price: FREE

Photo Credit: Five Borough Administrative Building Green Roof


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Etsy Headquarters

Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. Our mission is to keep commerce human, and we're committed to using the power of business to strengthen communities and empower people. We connect millions of buyers and sellers from nearly every country in the world.

The Etsy HQ is a biophilic masterpiece, featuring nine floors of original office plant displays, and a unique rain water harvesting system used to irrigate the office's 11,000 plants.  Plant and green wall design was executed by Greenery NYC. 

Tour Guide: Rebecca Bullene, Greenery NYC & Etsy's Sustainability Team. 

When: Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Meet-up Location: Brooklyn Marriott Hotel
Price: $39

Photo Credit: Etsy


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friends of the high line walking tour

Join the High Line's Planning and Design Manager, Nicole De Feo, and American Museum of Natural History entomologist, Sarah Kornbluth, for a walking tour of New York's 'Park in the Sky.' 

Get an insider’s look at the unique design elements of the High Line, a 1.5 mile long elevated freight line turned public park that weaves through Manhattan's Meatpacking District, Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen neighborhoods just a few blocks from the Hudson River. Learn about the behind-the-scenes work that led to the development of the High Line, new parts of the park under construction, the inspiration for its award-winning design, and its impact locally and worldwide. The tour will cover challenges and opportunities of maintaining an elevated urban park, and how its unique landscape can provide much needed habitat to urban pollinators. 

Tour Guide: Nicole De Feo, Friends of the High Line & Sarah Kornbluth, American Museum of Natural History

When: September 28, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Meet-up Location: Brooklyn Marriott Hotel Lobby OR TBD
Price: $39 (will require transit fare if departing from hotel)

Photo Credit: Friends of the High Line.


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World Trade Center liberty park green wall

Tour the World Trade Center’s Liberty Park, an elevated, one-acre linear park built on top of a vehicular security-screening center overlooking the original footprint of the World Trade Center, now the National September 11th Memorial.

One of the park’s most striking features is the multi-hued 25 feet high and 336 feet long G-O2® Living Wall by Plant Connection that transforms the prosaic walls and garage entrances leading to the network of underground roadways and loading docks. The living wall plantings were designed in a staggered, horizontal grid to complement the 9/11 Memorial. Plant Connection will take you through the inspiration, design, installation and maintenance process of this beautiful green wall. 

Tour Guide: Melissa Daniels, Owner, Plant Connection Inc

When: September 28, 2018
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Meet-up Location: Brooklyn Mariott Hotel Lobby
Price: $39 (will require transit fare if departing from the hotel lobby)

Time is subject to change.
Photo Credit:
Plant Connection Inc.


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javits center green roof tour

As the busiest convention center in the United States, the Javits Center is an international hub of commerce and culture, hosting some of the world’s most well-known brands and serving as an economic engine for New York City and New York State. However, the convention center on Manhattan’s West Side also has emerged as a nationwide leader in sustainability, becoming a new home to area wildlife and a model of energy efficiency. Take a tour of the iconic structure, including its green roof, and learn about a host of sustainable upgrades that have helped to reduce its energy consumption by more than 25% and transform it into a sanctuary for 26 bird species, five bat species and thousands of honey bees. (They harvest their own honey, too!)

Tour Guide: Alan Steel, President and CEO, Javits Center

When: September 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meet-up Location: Brooklyn Marriott Hotel Lobby OR Javits Center Lobby
655 West 34th Street, New York, NY
Price: $39 (will require transit fare if departing from hotel)

Time is subject to change.
Photo Credit:
Javits Center


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Lennox Hill Neighbourhood house 

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is a 124-year-old settlement house widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers. The organization helps improve the lives of thousands of people in need each year, ages 3 to 103. 

With partial funding from the NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Grant Program, Highview Creations installed two extensive green roofs on the 6th floor and an intensive agricultural green roof on the third floor. Additionally, Highview Creations designed and installed a playscape on the second floor that includes a native sensory garden, reading nest, water-wall, and other interactive features that help to develop creativity, physical confidence, and interaction for the children who utilize the space. The rooftop spaces are used for educational programming and grow food used in the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House kitchen.

Tour Guide: Eric Dalski, Founder & Partner, Highview Creations

When: September 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meet-up Location: Brooklyn Marriott Hotel Lobby OR
Price: $39 (will require transit fare if departing from hotel)


Time is subject to change.
Photo Credit:
Highview Creations.