Power Plants, Sex Shops, Industrial Zones, & Open Space: The Politics of a Sustainable Working Waterfront Breakfast Talk is Friday October 24

The BWRC is proud to announce our first Breakfast Talk of the semester with Tarry Hum on Friday, October 24, 2014 at CityTech:

Power Plants, Sex Shops, Industrial Zones, and Open Space: 
The Politics of a Sustainable Working Waterfront 

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Sunset Park’s waterfront remains one of the city’s largest industrial clusters. Scarred by the Gowanus Expressway and various noxious uses, the waterfront is now undergoing a renaissance centered on creative industries and artisanal manufacturing. This talk will discuss how Sunset Park’s waterfront revitalization is a testing ground for Mayor de Blasio’s vision of an inclusive urbanism.

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Tarry Hum is a Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is an urban planner with a Master’s Degree in City Planning from MIT and a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. She’s the recent author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood: Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. The title is Chapter 6 of this book.

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Support provided by Title V: A Living Laboratory

Also, save the date for November 14th, the second Breakfast Talk of the semester on: “Walking New York City’s Waterfront Neighborhoods: Are Brooklyn’s Really Different?” with William Helmreich

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Walking New York City’s Waterfront Neighborhoods Breakfast Talk is 11/14

The next BWRC breakfast talk with William Helmreich is on Friday, November 14th at CityTech in Namm 119:

Walking New York City’s Waterfront Neighborhoods

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Sociologist William B. Helmreich walked virtually every block of all five boroughs – an astonishing 6,000 miles. His epic journey is the focus of his latest book The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City. This journey lasted four years and took him to every corner of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. The walk included the waterfront communities of all five boroughs. We asked Prof. Helmreich, as a pedestrian, did he find something distinctly “Brooklyn” about Brooklyn’s waterfront communities – and what was it? Come hear his answer.

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William B. Helmreich is professor of sociology at the City University Graduate Center (CUNY) and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York. His many books include What Was I Thinking? The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them. He is a native New Yorker.

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BWRC: Summer and Fall

Welcome back to another academic year.

Save the dates for these Breakfast Talks both 8:30am to 10:00am at CityTech in Room N119:

  • October 24th – Tarry Hum, author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood: Brooklyn’s Sunset Park
  • November 14th – William Helmreich, author of The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City

During the summer BWRC ran a children’s activity and outreach table at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day. We engaged about 100 children in an art activity cutting out and decorating cardboard sea creatures found off the Brooklyn waterfront.

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Photos by Citytech Prof. Robin Michals, a volunteer photographer for City of Water Day.

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+ POOL Photos (and news coverage)

Thanks to everyone who came to the +POOL Breakfast Talk on May 9, 2014. Dong-Ping Wong and Carl Persak gave us an enlightening talk followed by an engaging discussion about their innovative, daring, environmentally friendly project.

News 12 Brooklyn was there as well and broadcasted a story about the project, including a brief interview with BWRC director Richard Hanley.

Here are some photos:

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+ POOL Breakfast Talk is May 9th

The BWRC is proud to announce our + POOL Breakfast Talk. The event will take place on Friday, May 9, 2014, from 8:30am – 10:00am, at CityTech (CUNY): 300 Jay Street, Room A632

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 + POOL: A proposal for the World’s First Water-Filtering, Floating Pool, along Brooklyn Bridge Park with Carl Persak, naval architect for the project and Dong-Ping Wong, a founding member of + POOL

The goal of + POOL is to build a floating pool in the East River along the Brooklyn Waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park that will filter East River water to be clean enough to swim in. Like a giant strainer dropped into the river, + POOL would make it possible for everybody to swim in clean river water right here in NYC. + POOL is designed to filter the very river that it floats in through the walls of the pool. The layered filtration system will incrementally remove bacteria and contaminants to ensure nothing but clean, swimmable water that meets both city and state standards. No chemicals, no additives, just natural river water.

Presently the + POOL is monitoring water quality to prototype a filtration system. The +Pool could be open in the East River along Brooklyn’s Waterfront as soon as 2016.

Carl Persak is a principal for Persak & Wurmfeld and has more than fifteen years of engineering, naval architecture and design experience. He holds a Professional Engineer’s license in New York and is a graduate of Webb Institute where he also teaches.

Dong-Ping Wong is a partner at Family, a design firm based in New York City with a focus on productive civic and cultural architecture. He earned his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University and his Bachelor’s from UC Berkeley.

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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?

Presenters:

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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