Organizations that can serve as resources for place-based learning activities:


Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center
The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center of City Tech aims to raise awareness about critical issues facing Brooklyn’s waterfront through research, teaching, and public programming.

Brooklyn Historical Society
The Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and for generations to come.

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Brooklyn, NY
Anon-profit organization responsible for conceiving, planning and coordinating the development of a 14 mile-long greenway along Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront.

The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Brooklyn NY
CUP is a nonprofit organization that uses design and art to improve public participation in shaping the places where we all live.


Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, New York, NY
The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance works to transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Waterways to make them cleaner and more accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all.

The Waterfront Center, Washington DC
Enhancing, protecting and preserving our waterfronts, and recognizing those who work to make that possible, represents the primary purpose of The Waterfront Center.

Working Harbor Committee, New York, NY
The Mission of the Working Harbor Committee is to strengthen awareness of the working harbor’s history and vitality today, and its opportunities for the future (more)

PortSide New York
PortSide NewYork is a young, innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to show NYC better ways to use the BlueSpace, the water part of the waterfront, and to help revitalize our home neighborhood of Red Hook while doing that.

Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Brooklyn, NY
The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is a steward for the preservation, restoration and green development of the Gowanus Canal and its environs for the greater good of the community.

Newtown Creek Alliance, Brooklyn and Queens, NY
The Newtown Creek Alliance represents the interests of community residents and local businesses who are dedicated to restoring community health, water quality, habitat, access, and vibrant water dependent commerce along Newtown Creek.

Division of Coastal Resources, New York State
The Division of Coastal Resources works in partnership with community groups, non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, and local governments to make communities better places to live, work and visit. The Brownfield Opportunity Areas program connects communities with resources to address local brownfield issues, including redevelopment, site assessment, and planning for remediation.

HabitatMap, Brooklyn NY
HabitatMap is a non-profit environmental health justice organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health. Our online mapping and social networking platform is designed to maximize the impact of community voices on city planning and strengthen ties between organizations and activists working to build greener, greater cities.

New York Harbor School, Governors Island, New York, NY
The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School provides a rigorous, college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in our students both the ethics and skills of environmental stewardship and on water job skills.

South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY
Recently reopened in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York, this museum traces the history of the Port of New York and its commercial and cultural impact on the city, the state, and the nation.

Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor New York, NY
Founded in 1953 for the purpose of “eliminating various evils on the waterfront in the Port of New York Harbor,” the WCNYH is a regulatory agency to investigate and deter criminal activity and influence in the port district.


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