Sunny’s Renaissance

Richard Hanley (BWRC), James Reid (CityTech), "Sunny" Balzano and his wife Tone (Sunny's Bar) gather after the screening of "Sunny's Rennaissance"

Richard Hanley (BWRC), James Reid (CityTech), “Sunny” Balzano and his wife Tone (Sunny’s Bar) gather after the screening of “Sunny’s Renaissance”

On March 13, 2013 we filled a room to capacity for a showing “Sunny’s Renaissance: Raw Hospitality on the Waterfront” for our preBar series. James Reid (Hospitality Managment) presented his documentary about the history and rebirth of Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook following Superstorm Sandy.

The warmth of Sunny and his eclectic bar shown through quite palpably in the documentary, which made it all the better when Sunny and his family made an unscheduled appearance at the end to say hello and answer questions.

Thanks to James, Sunny, Tone and many others for such an enjoyable evening with the BWRC!

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Has the Brooklyn Waterfront Gone Global – Again? Conference a Success

The BWRC and UTRC’s Has the Brooklyn Waterfront Gone Global–Again? was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came.

Here are photos of the event by Eva Zelarayan, courtesy of CityTech’s Facility Commons, and the BWRC’s Jeremiah Cox:

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Speakers and Panelists for BWRC’s Has the Brooklyn Waterfront Gone Global—Again?

The speakers and panelists from the 2014 Conference: Has the Brooklyn Waterfront Gone Global–Again?


Panelists: Is the Brooklyn Waterfront Once Again Global? If so, How and Why? 

Looking forward to seeing everyone on March 21st at Brooklyn Borough Hall!
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Save the Date: BWRC’s Has the Brooklyn Waterfront Gone Global—Again? Conference is March 21

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The BWRC and UTRC are pleased to announce the date and topic of our Spring Conference:

Has the Brooklyn Waterfront Gone Global – Again?

Friday, March 21, 2014
8:30am to 12:30pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall’s Old Court Room
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn waterfront has played an important role on the global stage. In the early 19th century it was a processing destination with complicity in the global slave trade for raw commodities such as sugar, coffee, and tobacco. In the early 20th century it became an industrial center for manufacturing, warehousing and export distribution. Then, in the 1960s it suffered a huge decline in jobs, economic vitality and global reach. Today there has been rejuvenation but the commerce that has returned to the Waterfront is different yet again.
·Are these new jobs once again placing Brooklyn on the global stage? How?
·In what ways is the Brooklyn waterfront having a global reach?
·How is that global reach similar and different from what it once was?

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Come to the conference to find out!

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Mark Noonan presents reasearch on Brooklyn Accents and the Paradox of Ambition in the Works of Arthur Miller and Norman Mailer

On November 26, CityTech English Professor Mark Noonan gave a talk titled Brooklyn Accents and the Paradox of Ambition in the Works of Arthur Miller and Norman Mailer as part of the BWRC’s preBar Series.

Prof. Noonan discussed his paper published in the Fall 2013 issue of The Mailer Review. Some of the Brooklyn Residences referenced in the presentation can be found here.

Photos from the Event:

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“This Guy’s Never Going Anywhere”
– Norman Mailer famously quipped about Arthur Miller when they were neighbors at 102 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights in the late 1940s.

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Construction VP Recounts City’s First-of-its-Kind Post-Sandy Repair Program

Shortly after Superstorm Sandy hit, New York City piloted a program to offer free government assistance to thousands of homeowners who lost their heat, power, and hot water. Between November 2012 and March 2013 more than 11,o00 homes were restored throughout the city. In Brooklyn the repair work was done by Skanska’s Heavy Civil Construction Group.

Larry Gillman, an Operational Vice President for Skanska offered an intimate look at this program recounting how his team raced the approaching winter, then worked throughout the winter to restored electricity, heat and hot water to more than 3,000 Brooklyn waterfront homes. Gillman shared the obstacles, problems, and triumphs of this under-told story at a November 8 Breakfast Talk at the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center.

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Larry Gillman to be November 8 Breakfast Speaker

A little more than a year after Superstorm Sandy, on Friday, November 8, 2013, from 8:30am – 10:00am, at CityTech (CUNY): 300 Jay Street, Room N119, BWRC will present:

“NYC Rapid Repair/Skanska – Helping our Neighbors in Brooklyn!”
with Larry Gillman, Vice President – Operations, Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc.

Larry Gillman

Following Superstorm Sandy, Larry Gillman was given the responsibility of leading Skanska’s team of approximately 500 supervisory and craft personnel in helping Brooklyn residents recover from the storm’s flooding as part of the NYC Rapid Repair Program. The free, rapid repair program helped residential property owners affected by Superstorm Sandy make emergency repairs. These limited emergency repairs allowed residents to stay in their homes while they made more permanent repairs and finishes. Emergency repairs included permanent or temporary restoration of heat, power and hot water, and other limited repairs that protected homes from further significant damage.

Larry Gillman is an Operational Vice President for Skanska’s Heavy Civil Construction Group based in New York City. In his more than 25 years in the construction industry, Mr. Gillman has worked on heavy civil/infrastructure projects ranging from suspension bridge rehabilitation to sewerage treatment plants, subway stations to power plants. Larry is the son of an oil burner serviceman from Brooklyn and spent time with his father servicing heating systems in the same Brooklyn neighborhoods that he was called on to help repair as part of the Rapid Repair program.

Free and Open to the Public.
Support provided by Title V: A Living Laboratory


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CityTech’s Anne Leonard and Peter Spellane present research on Mapping the Chemical History of the Newtown Creek

On October 17 CityTech’s Anne Leonard (Library) and Peter Spellane (Chemistry)  presented their research on Using Old Maps and New Methods to Discover the Early Chemicals and Petroleum Industries of Newtown Creek in New York City. It was the inaugural event in BWRC’s new preBar series, a way for CityTech faculty and staff to share their research in progress about the Brooklyn waterfront.

The presentation of their research  (portions of which have been published in the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries: Advances in Geospatial Information, Collections & Archives) was supplemented by historical maps from the New York Public Library

Below are some photos of this new way that BWRC is helping to support and promote faculty research at City Tech:

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Photos – Accidental Playground Talk

Thank you to everyone who came to our exciting talk last Friday with Daniel Campo on his book the Accidental Playground. Here are some photos from the event:

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Breakfast Talk: October 11 – Daniel Campo, Author of The Accidental Playground

We are pleased to announce our first breakfast talk of the 2013-2014 academic year. The event will take place on Friday, October 11, 2013, from 8:30am – 10:00am, at CityTech (CUNY): 300 Jay Street, Room N119

Daniel Campo author of the just released book Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned


The Accidental Playground explores the remarkable landscape created by individuals and small groups who occupied and rebuilt an abandoned Brooklyn waterfront. While local residents, activists, garbage haulers, real estate developers, speculators, and two city administrations fought over the fate of the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal – now East River State Park in Williamsburg – others simply took to this decaying edge, transforming it into a unique venue for leisure, creative, and everyday practices.

“The Accidental Playground is a deeply thoughtful, intensely observed, and challenging book. While it is completely grounded in one specific place, it succeeds in posing questions that are applicable to cities everywhere. What do urban humans really need from their recreational spaces? What deep desires are unmet by well-groomed parks such as the High Line? In an era of tight budgets, what can we learn from the no-cost, instant fun that people had for years at BEDT?” – The Atlantic Cities

The Speaker: Daniel Campo is an associate professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Previously, he was a planner for the New York City Department of City Planning.

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Support provided by Title V: A Living Laboratory


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