Envisioning Gateway


Project Lead
Kate Orff
Jamie Hand
Sarah Williams

Research Associates Serena Deng
Tse-Hui Teh
Minna Ninova
Li-Chi Wang

Alexander Brash, National Park Conservation Association

Support from
National Park


Gateway has a diverse estuarine wildlife habitat that serves over 330 bird species, and vital fish and shellfish breeding grounds. It is an important stopover for migratory birds traveling on the Atlantic Americas Flyway. This unique urban ecosystem is a mere 50-minute subway ride from Times Square and is situated next door to John F. Kennedy International Airpor in the midst of the hustle and bustle of New York, one of the largest urban areas in the world.

The report positions Gateway in global, national, regional and local contexts. It examines Gateway’s potential role in relation to the larger network of National Park Service lands and its significance as an ecological, cultural and recreational resource. The teeming numbers of people and wildlife that visit the parklands attest to its great necessity and success. However, it faces political, managerial, and funding challenges, decaying physical infrastructure, and threats to its ecological integrity.

Envisioning Gateway generated substantive dialogue on what it means to be a National Park today, and how to create a new interface between one of the most vital cities in the world and its immediate environment.