Denny Horowitz, who started the position in May, came from Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, where she was the director of external affairs. She oversaw fundraising, communications and government relations for nearly seven years.
Before that, she was the director of development at New Yorkers for Parks, a citywide advocacy organization. She also worked for the Department of Cultural Affairs in the past.
“Throughout that entire time, I’ve been a Greenpoint resident,” she said. “I’ve been in the neighborhood for not quite 20 years.”
Denny Horowitz has also been involved in open space issues in the area for decades. She held volunteer positions with NBPA, including chairing its Community Committee, back when it was called Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA).
She was also a board member of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP), co-founded the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition and was a community advisory member of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF).
Denny Horowitz said despite the new parks in the pipeline, including Bushwick Inlet Park, there is still a dearth of open space in the neighborhood.
“Because of all of the new buildings and increased density, there’s still not enough,” she said.
Right now, NPBA is working with the nonprofit group El Puente to monitor the parks on the southside of Williamsburg.
Denny Horowitz said they’re looking to diversify the open space investment across north Brooklyn.
“The new parks that are coming down the pipeline are primarily on the waterfront,” she said. “We’re thinking about the needs for the new developments there, but also the rest of the district.”