An evening celebrating restoration and revitalization of the Gowanus Canal waterfront and neighborhood

At this year’s Gowanus Blooms, enjoy a selection of Finback Brooklyn’s renowned craft beers and spirits, indulge in an array of dishes that blend traditional Chinese flavors with modern American cuisine, and groove to live music as you mingle with friends and neighbors.

Our Honorees

This year we are thrilled to honor three neighborhood stewards for their work to build a more resilient, accessible and biodiverse Gowanus waterfront:

Monadnock Development, to celebrate their longstanding commitment to the Gowanus neighborhood and the opening of the first waterfront esplanade designed in partnership with the community.

Monadnock Development’s commitment to the Gowanus neighborhood runs nearly five decades long. Growing out of the success of Monadnock Construction, Monadnock Development is a leader in rebuilding neighborhoods all over New York City – all from its new Gowanus headquarters at 300 Huntington Street in the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone.  Over the past two decades, the company has developed and rehabilitated over 8,000 affordable apartments in New York – improving neighborhoods a mission of “Housing Plus” – integrating needed resident and neighborhood services into its developments.

300 Huntington reflects the mixed-use nature of the Gowanus rezoning – allowing companies like Monadnock to remain rooted in Gowanus while making space for new businesses and residents. 300 Huntington also features the first new waterfront esplanade to open on the Gowanus Canal that incorporates feedback from years of community engagement on the Gowanus Lowlands Master Plan and the NYC Waterfront Access Plan. Designed by SCAPE Landscape Architecture, this public open space includes details that are reflective of Gowanus like resilient native plant species, seating made from reclaimed wood, and railings that echo the design of bridge trusses.

We’re thrilled to be kicking off our spring season at the Lowlands Nursery with the opportunity to stroll along this esplanade that connects directly to our site, and thankful for Monadnock’s support and engagement as a Gowanus neighbor.

Image courtesy of SCAPE.

Marcos Diaz Gonzalez, to celebrate his service as GCC Board Chair from 2021 – 2023, guiding the organization through critical advocacy for waterfront public space in the Gowanus Rezoning.

Marcos Diaz Gonzalez’s involvement with Gowanus Canal Conservancy began in 2016 when his older daughter Mia was a 6th grader at MS51, using GCC’s STEM Gowanus curriculum, and became passionate about monitoring the family’s water usage. As an engineering executive he was thrilled to see his daughters learning about the watershed, Combined Sewer Overflow and green infrastructure — and his future with GCC was history. (Three years later his younger daughter Lola also did science field trips to the Canal with MS442).

In his eight years on the Board, Marcos has provided critical advising and leadership on GCC’s work on stormwater management and the Lowlands Master Plan. Marcos ushered our organization through a pivotal period in his two years as Board Chair, including advocacy on the rezoning.

Marcos’ passion for the Gowanus neighborhood, blue and green infrastructure, and inclusive public spaces has shaped and enriched what we’ve been able to accomplish as an organization, and where we’re heading in the future. We are thrilled that he’ll continue to be a key member of our Board as Vice-Chair.

Natasia Sidarta, to celebrate 11 years of work at GCC, engaging volunteers in hands-on stewardship along the Gowanus waterfront and throughout the neighborhood.

Anyone who interacted with GCC’s programming over the past 11 years, was sure to meet Natasia Sidarta (and her canine sidekick, Atticus)!

Natasia began her journey at GCC as a NYC Civic Corps member, and was then hired on as our second-ever full-time employee, and became our Stewardship and Operations Director. During her many years at the organization, Natasia led thousands of volunteers and mentored 14 Civic Corps members, as she spearheaded and grew key programs and community relationships. She created innovative systems and opportunities for community members to become engaged environmental stewards.

The impact of these programs, especially the Gowanus Tree Network and our partnership with Public Housing gardeners, continues, as the Gowanus neighborhood is tended to by those who live, work, and play in the neighborhood.

She left an enduring imprint on the GCC team, organization and the community. Natasia is a true leader, and her warmth, vision, and passion for environmental stewardship and support for the local community is unmatched.