Jamaica Bay. Photo by Bjoertvedt (CC 3.0)


Saving Jamaica Bay is a new documentary film about one of the largest open spaces in New York City, with 18,000 acres housing a wildlife refuge, a national park and prime habitat for native and migratory birds, fish, insects, even turtles.

Young great horned owls at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is the only wildlife refuge accessible by subway in the U.S. More than 330 species of bird have been observed at the bay. (photo by François Portmann).


But it has also been a dumping ground for decades – thick with landfills, sewage discharge, airport runways – Jamaica Bay has been host to them all.

Landfill operation on Jamaica Bay in 1973. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration photo. (PD)


Saving Jamaica Bay premieres tonight at the Queens World Film Festival, to a sold-out house (sorry!) at the Museum of the Moving Image. But fear not! Follow them on facebook or twitter for future showings.

“Igor,” a great egret, keeps watch at the Broad Channel, Queens, home of Don Riepe, with the Manhattan skyline beyond…. (photo by Don Riepe).


Read more about the project on the website here…

Saving Jamaica Bay
Production company: Grounded Truth Productions
Director: David Sigal
Screenwriter-producer: Daniel Hendrick
Editor: Trevor Laurence
Composer: Jonathan Sheffer


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee