Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park

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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. This book presents the collaborative efforts of the Van Alen Institute, the National Parks Conservation Association, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation to investigate and document the diverse ecology of the park and re-envision a more sustainable future for it.


Alexander Brash, editor
Jamie Hand, editor
Kate Orff, editor
National Parks Conservation Association
Van Alen Institute
Columbia University GSAPP