River House

Bronx River House is a cutting edge environmental learning laboratory and base of operations for the restoration of the Bronx River and the development of the Bronx River Greenway. It is also the "
Greenest Building in the South Bronx," according to The New York Times!

For 15 years, the Bronx River Alliance has operated from offices with no access to the river. Now, River House, located directly on the waterfront in Starlight Park, will amplify our impact in reclaiming the Bronx River, engaging the communities that line its banks and getting more people out onto the river.

We need your support to ensure that our move into River House is a huge success, for Bronx communities, for this innovative green building, and for the river itself!

Construction is scheduled to be completed early 2018.

River House features:

  • A boathouse
  • A community gathering space
  • An indoor-outdoor nature classroom
  • The headquarters of the Bronx River Alliance

The building will incorporate high-level green design elements and will be heated and cooled by a geothermal system, powered with solar panels, and covered with a blanket of shading greenery. Rainwater will also be collected to help flush toilets, feed the landscaping, and wash canoes.

We have launced a three-year, $2 million campaign for the River House Fund to ensure that the building is a community educational and gathering space widely available for use by local groups, students and educators, and citizen scientists throughout the year. Imagine …
  • A space where science comes alive as water samples and macro-invertebrates are analyzed by students and citizen scientists; where Bronx researchers explore migrating fish, coastal resiliency, and urban infrastructure policy.
  • A future where every Bronx grade-schooler paddles on the only fresh water river in New York City and learns directly about urban ecology.
  • A completed Bronx River Greenway maintained by local residents who gain experience in ecological restoration and parkland management through on-the-job apprenticeships.
  • A clean and healthy National Water Trail in the Bronx, actively used by local residents, regional enthusiasts, and even international tourists to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and explore a wild side of the Bronx that they may never have known existed.
Even as we continue on-going programs and maintain this new building, we are committed to offering new high quality environmental, recreational and educational opportunities to all Bronx families. Your donation will help support any school child who has a thirst for the outdoors or any adult who seeks to explore urban ecology.

Bronx River House is a milestone, showing the Alliance’s growth as an organization. It is a fittingly beautiful and cutting-edge building to match the ground-breaking work that we do on the river. Thank you for helping to make River House a vibrant center for environmental learning, citizen science, green building, and river stewardship for years to come!

Donors of $1000 or more will be recognized in the foyer of the building. We are providing local artisan Ivan Braun with wood from a tree that fell in the Bronx River watershed. He is shaping the wood into slats and planing them with equipment at Rocking the Boat, our long-time partner on the river. The names will then be engraved into the wood at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School. The design is being prepared by the architects of the building, Kiss + Cathcart. This homegrown process engaging our local talent and partners reflects our approach to restoring the river, and it will be a beautiful entryway to the building.
Add your name to our growing list of supporters today.


Carrie Elston Tunick         Jay Rook 
Pete Bourbeau                 David Simone           
Liz Bennett                      Ethan Strell   
Joan Byron                      Veronica Vanterpool 
Raji Kalra                        Kevin Connolly 



Con Edison has a long-established tradition of contributing to and maintaining the social, cultural, and economic vitality of our service areas throughout New York City and Westchester County. To do this, we provide financial or in-kind support to nonprofit organizations whose activities advance strong, vibrant, and stable communities. We choose partner organizations carefully, looking to their ability to utilize education, training, and special programs and events, to enrich the quality of life of all New Yorkers. Our focus areas include Arts & Culture, the Environment, Education, STEM education, Civics, and Community Partnerships. In 2016 we provided nearly $12M to hundreds of local nonprofit groups across our service territory.

Booth Ferris Foundation / New York City Council, Speaker’s Fund / The Prospect Hill Foundation