I went on this tour (sponsored by Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment) in 2004, and the experience was somewhat life-changing. It was the first time I learned about rainwater harvesting (at the Hollenback Community Garden on Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill), and the first time I saw a green roof (at Bushwick Gardens, a senior citizens housing development built on a former brownfield site).
This year’s tour has two segments, with the morning ride starting at the Stillwell Ave/Coney Island subway station, and the afternoon one at Added Value Farm in Red Hook. The festivities end (begin?) at Brooklyn Brewery. Can’t wait!
Saturday, May 12, 10:30am – 12:30pm; 1 – 4pm
Sustainable Buildings Bike Tour
with Ryan Kuonen- FREE!
Join us on a bike ride exploring the green side of Brooklynâ€™s growth, focusing on innovative energy conservation techniques and sustainable development. Observe creative re-use of urban spaces from an urban farm to solar panel arrays, visiting sites from Coney Island to Greenpoint. Special guest speakers. Youth welcome. Bring a bike lock.
* 10:30am Meet at the Stillwell Ave station. F/D/N/Q train to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.
* 1:00pm Meet at the Added Value Farm, Columbia Street btw Halleck and Sigourney. F/G train to Smith & 9th Streets. Bike up 9th Street to Court Street; left on Court, right on Bay to Columbia Street.
Tour ends at Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg.