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BWRC Mourns the Passing of Sunny Balzano

BWRC joins the Red Hook and Brooklyn communities in mourning the passing of Sunny Balzano, patron of the arts and owner of the beloved Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook. The subject of a recent book, Sunny’s Bar had been long been in the Balzano family, serving food and drink to longshoremen and other waterfront workers for decades before reinventing itself in the 1990s as a speakeasy and haven for artists, musicians, and anyone who happened to stumble across the isolated Red Hook outpost and its endearing, affable owner.  Back in 2013, BWRC was fortunate to have Sunny attend a screening …

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The New Coney Island: Who gains, who loses? Breakfast Talk on Nov. 13th

November 13th, 8:30am at the New York City College of Technology, come hear Neil DeMause speak about how Coney Island has been changing. Coney Island is in the midst of one of the biggest overhauls in its century-plus history: a redevelopment plan that’s involved over a decade of battles between city officials, amusement operators, developers, local residents, and, at times, protesters wielding amputated mermaid tails. This has been a transformation where much has been gained and lost. What is the future of America’s Playground? And whose vision of that future shapes public policy? DeMause is a contributing editor for City …

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Bikes and the Brooklyn Waterfront Conference Schedule

Here’s a sneak peak at our March 22 conference line-up! 8:30—9:00     Welcome & Introductions Richard E. Hanley, director, Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center Camille Kamga, director, University Transportation Research Center Sean Scanlan, New York City College of Technology  9:00—9:30     Brooklyn and the Bicycle David Herlihy, author of Bicycle: The History (White Paper) 9:30—10:00      How Does Brooklyn Fit into New York City’s Bicycling Plan? Hayes Lord, director of the Bicycle Program, NYC Dept of Transportation Steve Durrant, principal, Alta Bicycle Share / CitiBike 10:00—10:30     Engineering Bicycles and Bike Lanes Charlie McCorkell, owner, Bicycle Habitat Ted Wright, Bicycle and Pedestrian …

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Bikes on The Brooklyn Waterfront: Conference Registration is Open!

It’s official! Join us for a half day symposium on the history and impact of the bicycle on Brooklyn. March 22, 2013 8:30am – 12:30pm at New York City College of Technology 300 Jay St, Room Namm 119 FREE with Required Registration About: “Once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget.” Brooklyn, however did forget- for a while. After an explosion of interest in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Brooklynites forgot about bikes until later in the twentieth century and now, in the twenty-first century, bikes are ubiquitous in Brooklyn, especially in its rapidly changing …

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Save the Date: Biking in Brooklyn Conference, March 22

Biking is booming in Brooklyn and we want to know why. On March 22 we will be hosting a half-day conference on the history, culture, and future of biking in our namesake borough. We will talk with local authors, business people, planners and advocates about what is happening on our streets and why it matters to Brooklyn and New York City. More details to follow – so keep checking back here! Update (2/19): Location and key speakers announced (see below). Registration to open up soon.

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Double Your Impact

Did you know that any donation given to the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center will go twice as far? Thanks to a generous grant, donations given to the BWRC will be matched, allowing their full value to fund our endowment, while sending another half to our operations. In short, a donation now helps us keep our day-to-day programs like our free Breakfast Talks, Hangout Sessions and Conferences up and running while securing our future as an entity for research and public engagement. Your help is important – the only way to unlock the matching grant is to receive your donations! Now more than …

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Coffee on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Our Breakfast Talk series will continue on December 7! Join us to learn about the fascinating history of coffee on the industrial Brooklyn Waterfront with independent Historian and Curator Steven H. Jaffe. Coffee in New York is big business. From its processing to its consumption, the Brooklyn waterfront has always played a significant role. At this “Coffee Talk” we will learn about the unique history of Brooklyn and New York in the coffee trade, as well as coffee’s own rise, fall, and resurgence as a drink of choice. See the flyer. And don’t forget to RSVP!

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Art, Coffee, and other events

Update: Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the November 9th Breakfast talk has been postponed. A new date has not yet been assigned. It’s been a while since we’ve updated this page, so it’s time to let you know what we’ve been up to. First off a hearty thanks to Brendan O’Malley who worked as Project Coordinator and maintained this site through last semester. Brendan helped get the BWRC off the ground in its first year and has set the bar for a lot of the excellent programming we have planned. In September BWRC has helped sponsor the exhibit …

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