Greater New York Avenue Gateway Group

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The Greater New York Avenue Gateway Group, Inc.

(GNYAGG/Greater Gateways)

For the Greater New York Avenue District
Washington, District of Columbia

Respecting the Past, Inspiring the Future--
Working To Make D.C.'s Greater New York Avenue District Greater
And Realize the Promise of the Nation's Capital
& Its Anacostia Waterfront

Where Creativity, Innovation, and People Intersect
To Make a Great City Greater

[email protected]

GNYAGG seeks to advance positive urban experiences, signature destinations, and viable opportunities in the Greater New York Avenue District and Anacostia Waterfront for people from all walks of life to live, work, shop, visit, enjoy, learn, innovate, and do business and for a better tomorrow

Additionally, GNYAGG aims to maintain the integrity and attractiveness of neighboring communities, public spaces, historical and cultural venues, and treasured local businesses while fostering economic vitality, pathways to opportunity and inclusion, responsible land use, quality of life/livability, and a family/age friendly, diverse, inclusive, sustainable, and welcoming environment in a world class capital city, eclectic culture, and emerging international center for commerce and innovation.

GNYAGG is a civic and business group that works to enhance, promote, protect, and connect Washington, D.C.'s Greater New York Avenue District by providing strategic direction insight, advice, and leadership, partnering with others, and serving as a principal voice/lead advocate/focal point to drive solutions, bridge communities, balance varying interests, align business value with civic needs, and build strategic alliances and collaboration.

Greater New York Avenue District Boundaries--the great expanse from the border to downtown:  Maryland-District of Columbia border and Anacostia River to the east, New Jersey Avenue to the west, Rhode Island Avenue to the north, and Benning Road through H Street to the South. 

Creating a More Vibrant Greater New York Avenue District & Gateway to the City!


GNYAGG works to provide strategic leadership and support and serve as a key voice, convener, and partner to foster, enhance, protect, and promote the District of Columbia via the Greater New York Avenue Gateway District, Anacostia Waterfront, and beyond in such ways as:


  1. Signature gateway landmarks, tapestry, and streetscapes 
  2. Livability, quality of life
  3. Accessibility, transportation
  4. Appeal, amenities, attractiveness
  5. Economic vitality and opportunity
  6. Cultural vitality
  7. Education (reform, opportunity, excellence, equality, access)
  8. Tourism and hospitality
  9. Family and age friendliness
  10. Competitive advantage
  11. Public and playable art
  12. Inclusion and diversity
  13. Creativity and innovation
  14. Stakeholder/public engagement
  15. Responsible and sustainable land use, revitalization, and economic, community, and housing development.

  16. Boundaries: Maryland-District of Columbia border and Anacostia River to the east, New Jersey Avenue to the west, Rhode Island Avenue to the north, and to the south Benning Road - H Street. 

Furthermore, GNYAGG brings on resources as able, values input from people committed to the District of Columbia, and engages people to articulate and accomplish vision and goals.

GNYAGG works to address local, regional, national, and global issues, initiatives, and concerns that may impact the Gateway District, Waterfront, and the District of Columbia at large. 

GNYAGG strives to foster diversity, inclusion, amenities, opportunities, and resources, encourage and help facilitate desired economic growth, and strengthen businesses and organizations.

GNYAGG aims to work with others to help neighborhoods thrive and build, revive, and connect communities to make the District of Columbia stronger and the Gateway District amply connected and competitive locally, regionally, and globally. GNYAGG strives to help make the Gateway District a model for innovation, commerce, and livability.



Livability, Accessibility, Economic Vitality, Appeal, Cultural Vitality, Creativity & Innovation
Engagement, Responsible Land Use and Urban Revitalization
Corporate & Neighbor Responsibility, Quality of Life, Knowledge-Sharing
Economic, Community, & Sustainable Development

A Call to Action: 

Time to create and designate area within the Greater New York Avenue Gateway District As An "Innovation, Creativity, and Makers' Hub"


  • Develop concept and design for a “Walk of Fame and Hope” public space or park that celebrates and honors local heroes, civic leaders, and dignitaries.
  • Bring to the attention of stakeholders and leaders the need for a collaborative business case for a feasibility study for a Metro station at east end of NY Ave or near U.S. Arboretum connecting other key sections of the District (e.g., Georgetown) and Maryland (e.g., Ft. Meade or Annapolis) and/or Virginia's Silver Line.
  • Develop a business case for an Innovation-Creative-Research District and Cultural Designation.
  • Work collaboratively to assist with the development of small businesses, promoting diversity, inclusion, and family friendly environment.
  • Promote/champion in collaboration with others the creation of unique, artistic, memorable gateway landmark structures and signage at (1) New York Avenue near MD/DC border (2) Bladensburg and Eastern Avenue, and (3) Rhode Island Avenue and Eastern Avenue gateway landmark structures.
  • Identify challenges and concerns of business and community stakeholders and seek changes.
  • Advocate for incentives to develop mixed income communities with more single family detached housing for moderate and low income
  • Collaborate on marketing/branding strategies to promote Gateway District and gain resources and amenities
  • Support plans and advocate for streetscapes with better and attractive lighting, public and playable art, and functional and appealing public spaces.
  • Collaborate with others to support an Anacostia Waterfront that is appealing to nearby communities as well as to the region.
  • Gather, research, and synthesize planning and economic development documents to identify actionable or executable ideas and strategies to support.
  • Educate on consumer financial and digital literacy.
  • Foster family-, age-, eco-, pedestrian-friendly area.
    • Support IdeaPlex® in a location in Gateway District.
    • Exchange dialogue/ideas for a ramp or alternative for Dakota Crossing Shops/Ft. Lincoln area to relieve traffic congestion and ease of access and egress and support Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and stakeholders.
    • Support others/work collaboratively on projects.


    ♦ Waterfront Recreation and Leisure

    Economic Vitality and Opportunity 

    ♦ Art/Cultural Assets and Vitality 

    ♦ Accessibility/Transportation

    ♦ Livability 

    ♦ Education 

     Quality of Life 

    ♦ Creative Economy 

    ♦ Streetscapes 

    ♦ Family-Friendly Environment 

    ♦ Sustainability

    ♦ A Walk of Hope and Fame Public Space

    Posts/Articles of Interest

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    Resources, Agencies for information

    D.C. Great Streets

    U.S. Small Business Administration 

    D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development

    Articles, Posts That Might be of Interest

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    A new development in Eckington will bring housing and much-needed retail to the area, including businesses that are hyper-focused on the local economy. 

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    New York Avenue Gateway District


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    Ideas for the Gateway District/Arbor Way

    Accessibility, Connectivity, Transportation

    Bus Routes

    Identify and improve Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) bus routes to improve accessibility, connectivity

    Ramp from Costco Shopping Center

    Determine the feasibility of a ramp from Costco in Ft. Lincoln to US 50/New York Avenue and deterring traffic from residential communities and reducing traffic congestion on 33rd Street and on South Dakota Avenue, N.E.

    Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridges

    Identify specific locations and seek to build pedestrian/bike bridges at New York and Bladensburg Road and at New York Avenue and Florida Avenue


    Seek to get a Circulator bus route to U.S. Arboretum and to Ft. Lincoln.

    Metro Station

    Establish/build a task force or coalition of citizens, business persons, government and other stakeholders to begin discussions and initiate a process and business case to develop a new or extended Metro line that will connect (1) New York Avenue near Ft. Lincoln, (2) New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road, and/or (3) near U.S. Arboretum either behind the site near the Anacostia River, on New York Avenue, or elsewhere, or (4) New York Avenue and Montana Avenue.

    The Metro lines conceptualized could connect to other existing or planned lines or go via Baltimore-Washington Parkway to Laurel, Ft. Meade, or elsewhere or via US 50 Ardmore-Ardwick or to Annapolis, MD. A line could come from Benning Road, Stadium-Armory, West Hyattsville, Greenbelt, or NoMa Stations or elsewhere. Dream first then look for the realm of possibilities and pragmatic approaches.

    Note that a plan and implementation could take years to become reality and “cut and cover” or elevated tracks may be alternative to deep tunneling depending on route. It will need to be determined whether a track can go along the Anacostia River and/or go near Kenilworth Parkside area and Benning Road Pepco Plant.

    Economic Vitality, Tourism, Economic Economy

    IdeaPlex – An Integrated Facility

    • Establish IdeaPlex, an incubator and integrated facility for design, media, and technology as well as visual art, gaming, and sound., Creative Economy, Small Business Empowerment
    • Provide Workforce Development, Training programs, internships, and apprenticeships

    Pathway to Middle Class and to Greater Economic Opportunity

    Provide training programs and economic ladder to help keep people in their homes.

    Small Business Development

    Improve opportunities for small businesses with programs such as Great Streets and other programs.

    Work toward keeping the business industry diverse.

    Movie, Digital Media, Television, And Sound Production Studios

    Bring movie, digital media, television, and sound production studios and industry to Corridor.

    Fashion Industry

    Provide a way to promote the fashion design industry in the area as part of the creative enconomy

    Software Development, Digital Technology/Media

    Ensure that these area gain key focus in area.

    Economic Vitality, Tourism,

    IdeaPlex – An Integrated Facility

    • Establish IdeaPlex, an incubator and integrated facility for design, media, and technology as well as visual art, gaming, and sound., Creative Economy, Small Business Empowerment
    • Provide Workforce Development, Training programs, internships, and apprenticeships

    Pathway to Middle Class and to Greater Economic Opportunity

    Provide training programs and economic ladder to help keep people in their homes.

    Small Business Development

    Improve opportunities for small businesses with programs such as Great Streets and other programs.

    Work toward keeping the business industry diverse.

    Movie, Digital Media, Television, And Sound Production Studios

    Bring movie, digital media, television, and sound production studios and industry to Corridor.

    Fashion Industry

    Provide a way to promote the fashion design industry in the area as part of the creative economy

    Software Development, Digital Technology/Media

    Ensure that these area gain key focus in area.

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    Branding, Cultural Vitality, Appeal, Attractiveness

    Creative, Cultural & Innovation Gateway District

    Advocate for and Gain buy-in for a family-, age-, and eco-friendly designation described as a “Innovation, Cultural, & Creative (InCC) Gateway District” (not an official district in planning nomenclature) that promotes the creative economy, innovation, arts, family entertainment and attractions and culture and envisioned as a world-class destination to live, work, shop, dine, visit, learn, raise families, and enjoy.

    Way Finding Signs

    Improve and make attractive entrances and signage to National Arboretum, a major tourist attraction, as well as for other attractions.

    A Few Key Streets (but not limited to) in the Corridor include: New York, West Virginia, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Florida, Maryland, Montana, and Eastern Avenues; Bladensburg Road, New Jersey Avenue, H Street, Brentwood Road/9th Street,/6th Street, Benning Road, Mt. Oliver Road, and 17th Street.

    Gateway Landmark Artistic Structure

    • Work with communities to help develop and implement ideas for a landmark gateway structure near/at the Ft. Lincoln Costco and on the bridge crossing the Anacostia River.
    • Partner with groups to address needs for secondary gateways such as Bladensburg Road and Eastern Avenue and at Rhode Island Avenue and Eastern Avenue (secondary/smaller gateways).
    • Design and erect a Landmark Gateway Artistic Structure near New York Avenue and South Dakota Avenue and perhaps another at New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road.

    Public and Playable Art

    Improve streetscapes with Public and playable art and unique trees throughout the Corridor adorning streets. Work with stakeholders to ensure art compatible with taste and interests of community.

    Cultural Assets

    Identify cultural assets in Corridor and seek to preserve, replicate, and/or highlight them.

    Creative Placemaking

    • Develop public places/spaces that are appealing to communities.
    • Create a Walk of Hope and Fame public space or park to celebrate and honor local leaders and dignitaries.

    Streets Lighted with Signature Fixtures
    Put up street lights that are characteristic to the Gateway only on New York Avenue and other key streets as desired.


    Create a vision and acceptance for a world class, signature family-, age-, transit- and pedestrian-friendly corridor that:

    • Is economically and culturally diverse, inclusive, and sustainable
    • Benefits the goals, meets the needs, protects interests of District and Federal government
    • Preserves local historic or traditional icons/treasures
    • Welcomes mixed income (low and moderate income) neighborhoods
    • Provides a scenic and desirable place to live, work, shop, dine, do business, learn, visit, play, and enjoy

    Movies, Television, Cable, Sound Production and Studios

    Cultivate the Corridor as a magnet for these industries

    Consider “IdeaPlex®” as a possible incubator for “creatives”.

    Greening Infrastructure & Amenities

    Anacostia River

    Make the Anacostia and its banks suitable for recreational activities and ensure it is environmentally safe.

    Integrated Education, Cultural, Educational Approach

    • Ensure that the Anacostia River is included as part of the Corridor and discussions about its future.
    • Draw on ideas/best practices on how to improve it and area.
    • Create a Green infrastructure
    • Curb pollution from runoff and other sources in order to improve river.

    Mayors Park

    Generate interest and implementation of a “Mayors’ Park”, which would be a welcoming tourist attraction as well as a place to honor local legends.

    Public Spaces with Greenery and Flowers

    • Walk of Hope and Fame. Generate interest and implementation of “Walk of Hope and Fame”, which would consist of granite slabs/bricks in a walkway honoring local heroes/legends and could be situated along the Anacostia Riverwalk and other places. Additionally, there would be stations along the way with pictures and statures commemorating some of the legends and icons as well as notable unsung heroes and community members that made a difference. This would be in a park area.
    • Mayors’ Park. Create a park near the entrance way to the Nation’s Capital on New York Avenue. This park would celebrate local mayors and political leaders and would promote the history of D.C.

    Housing Options and Quality of Life

    Single Family Homes for Moderate and Low Income

    • Preserve and improve inventory of affordable/workforce single family detached, semi-detached, and town homes and encourage mixed income locales. This effort would help to keep Millennials and others interested in starting families or that already have families in the city.
    • Look for ways to provide incentives to build single family homes with yards and fences.

    Playgrounds/Play Areas

    Put safe play areas in communities even where there are no schools or recreation centers that can be used by day care centers, tourists, and children in area, or any other child.

    Overview of GNYAGG's April 25, 2015 Eagle Fest

    Here are are links to presentations made at the Eagle Fest Roundtable Discussion/Fireside Chat that might be of interest.

    A concept for a Campus for Creatives, IdeaPlex.  Presentation by Ronald Dixon, Creative Director, Studio202/DixonGroup


    ANC 5C-03 Robert Looper's Presentation on Gateway

    The GNYAGG Experience and Your Interest

    The Greater New York Avenue Gateway District is at the crossroads with a myriad of interests vying for living, working, development, and business opportunities in an emerging segment and market in the Nation's Capital.  GNYAGG is here to help ensure that the area moves in a direction welcomed by diverse interests.

    What does GNYAGG do?  Why does GNYAGG matter?

    GNYAGG provides leadership, information, a voice, strategy, and education to ensure responsible development and land use and focus on economic vitality, accessibility, attractiveness, inclusivity, livability, connectivity, cultural vitality, and quality of life for the Greater New York Avenue Gateway Group in Northeast Washington, District of Columbia.

    GNYAGG works to enhance, protect, connect, and promote the Gateway District and the Anacostia River by driving solutions, innovation, partnerships, technology, stakeholder engagement, creativity, strategic direction, collaboration, and District of Columbia revenue growth and benefits.

    GNYAGG seeks to realize and maintain a vision and blueprint for a signature, sustainable, inclusive, creative, family-friendly, and economically/culturally diverse Corridor to live, work, do business, think and learn, invest, shop, eat, visit, raise families, play, and enjoy in a world class capital city.

    GNYAGG understands, recognizes, and appreciates that by virtue of the NYAG GDistrict's proximity to Prince George's County, Maryland, the District's standing as the Nation's Capital, Federal interests, the major thoroughfares connecting the region and communities, the Anacostia River, historic or treasured sites, and the burgeoning needs of a growing metropolis/urban center, GNYAGG strives to collaborate with and balance the interests, needs, perspectives, and expectations of diverse groups, government entities, and stakeholders to accomplish goals and deliver options and value.

    The District includes many communities with individual identities, commercial corridors, Main Streets, residential neighborhoods, small businesses, and Federal and District of Columbia government facilities and entities.

    GNYAGG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and independent organization for sustainable, economic, community, and urban development, strategic leadership, and information sharing.  GNYAGG is designed to make a difference.

    GNYAGG Envisions 

    a Metro "Bronze Line" to Serve and Connect New York Avenue, Bladensburg Road, Arboretum, Ft. Lincoln, and Beyond


    Georgetown is proposing a connection to the Rosslyn station and Prince George’s County is planning the Purple Line.  The Greater New York Avenue Gateway District and stakeholders in the region also see the need for greater accessibility and connectivity via the extension of Metro to different areas. 


    With the growth of residential and retail destinations in the Corridor, surely there is a way to bring about a connection to Metro.  Let's call this approach for an extension/new line connecting the Corridor the Bronze line.


    Below are some possible routes, though a feasibility study is needed.

    1. Create a line from Stadium Armory by a bridge that travels along the Anacostia River stops somehow near the National Arboretum and near Ft Lincoln and then onward via US 50 to Annapolis, MD or via Baltimore-Washington Parkway to Laurel, Annapolis Junction, or Ft. Meade.
    2. Connect at the New York Avenue Metro Station and travel down New York Avenue/US 50 to Kenilworth Avenue,  Baltimore Washington Parkway, or 202 and figure out how to connect to another Metro Station in Maryland.
    3.  Combine elements of each of the above.

    The building of the Bronze line is now a part of the GNYAGG action plan and a business case will need to be made to properly justify the development of the Bronze line and lead to the next step in the journey to make the Bronze line a reality.  Understand that the thinking is not of engineers and represents conceptual thinking.  The concept needs further analysis  and discussion.  The actual location of a line would need to be studied and whether areas suggested on the Anacostia river bank can support a bridge with a Metro train. 

    Reason For Being/

    Raison d'être

    Why GNYAGG Is Needed

    GNYAGG  is a nonpartisan, nonproft organization that addresses concerns that span the New York Avenue Gateway boundaries and convenes business, civic and government stakeholders and other interested parties to collaborate on important issues throughout the Gateway District and that impact the District of Columbia.  GNYAGG works collaboratively, partners with other groups, and provides leadership to make things happen.

    GNYAGG came about to brainstorm about ideas to enhance the New York Avenue Gateway District and to make sure those solutions and innovation were implemented in a way that was acceptable to stakeholders in addition to others.

    GNYAGG seeks to strengthen the economic vitality and livability in the New York Avenue Gateway boundaries and thereby strengthens the District.

    *Note:  GNYAGG does not yet have an IRS tax exemption status but is a registered nonprofit in the District of Columbia.

    Goals and Priorities

    •  Improve transportation options via Circulator and WMATA bus routes, bike lanes, and a pedestrian bridge.


    • Promote the location of a metro station near Ft. Lincoln or Arboretum that connects to a new or existing metro line.


    •  Facilitate the branding of the area to reflect the creative economy and S.T.E.A.M.


    •  Establish the area as a primary place for the tv-movie-sound-film-digital media to produce their craft in state of the art facilities.

    Guiding Principles

    Boundaries for the Greater New York Avenue Gateway District | Arbor Way

     GNYAGG decided to follow some of the boundaries cited in the District's "New York Ave Corridor Study Final Report, November 2006. New Look, New Life, New York Avenue Corridor".


    New York Avenue is designated as US 50 and Alt US 1 and begins at the junction of US 50 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.  It is the principal vehicular commuter thoroughfare into the District from Interstate 95, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and US 50 and it provides the first impression of the District of Columbia for many visitors and tourists. 


    The boundaries for the Greater New York Avenue Gateway District are: 

    • New Jersey Avenue on the west


    • Rhode Island Avenue to the north


    • Maryland/District Line to the east and the Anacostia River 


    • Benning Road - H Street on the south

    Some streets in the Greater New York Avenue Gateway District include: 

    • Bladensburg Road
    • South Dakota Avenue 
    • West Virginia Avenue
    • Florida Avenue
    • Montana Avenue
    • Rhode Island Avenue
    • Eastern Aveneue
    • North Capitol Street
    • Brentwood Road 
    • 9th Street 
    • 6th Street
    • H Street
    • Benning Road
    • 17th Street
    • Mt. Olivet Road
    • V Street
    • New Jersey Avenue


    The following lists Communities in and nearby in the Greater NY Ave Gateway District in Ward 5, Ward 6, Ward 7, and Maryland Suburbs.

    This does not represent an exhaustive list.

    • Arboretum (Ward 5)
    • Bladensburg (PG County, MD)
    • Bloomingdale (Ward 5)

    • Brentwood (Ward 5)
    • Capitol Hill (Ward 6)
    • Carver Terrace-Langston Terrace (Ward 5)
    • Colmar Manor (PG County, MD)
    • Eckington (Ward 5)
    • Edgewood (Ward 5)
    • Fort Lincoln/Dakota Crossing (Ward 5)
    • Gateway (Ward 5)
    • Ivy City (Ward 5)
    • H Street Corridor
    • Hill East (Ward 7)
    • Kingman Park (Ward 6/7)
    • Langdon (Ward 5)
    • Mt. Rainier (PG County, MD)
    • NoMa (Ward 6/5)
    • Trinidad (Ward 5)
    • Woodridge (Ward 5)
    • Woodridge South (Ward 5) 

    News and Announcements

    Quick Links

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    [email protected] used to communicate with listserves

    Twitter:  @GNYAGG           [GNYAGG, pronounced "g-nag"]