Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park
Gateway National Recreation Area is one of the most diverse and widely visited parks in the U.S. National Park System. Spreading across the coastline of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey, it includes wildlife estuaries, bird-nesting areas, salt marshes, historic military forts, beaches, and New York City’s first municipal airport, to name just a few of its exceptional features. It also contains sewage treatment plants, sewer outfalls, landfills, and acres upon acres of toxic “black mayonnaise.” Due to neglect and misuse this extraordinary natural and national resource is as risk. Ninety percent of the salt marshes in Jamaica Bay – one of the most biologically productive habitats in the region – are at risk of disappearing in the next few years.
Prepared in collaboration with the National Parks Conservation Association, the Van Alen Institute, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Gateway, Visions for an Urban National Park was co-authored by Alexander Brash, Jamie Hand and Kate Orff.
Gateway, Visions for an Urban National Park. New York: Princeton, 2011.
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