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May Breakfast Talk: A Dying Waterfront Transformed with Joanne Witty

BWRC offered its final breakfast talk of the spring semester On May 19. The featured speaker was Joanne Witty, who discussed her recent book Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed, co-authored by the late Henrik Krogius. A lawyer and … Continue reading

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BWRC Annual Conference Recap

BWRC held its first-ever full day conference at Borough Hall on March 31, with support from the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The conference explored the challenges of  “Moving … Continue reading

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2017 BWRC Conference: Moving Goods and People to, from, and along the Brooklyn Waterfront with Keynote Speaker Congressman Jerrold Nadler

Friday March 31, 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 RSVP required via Eventbrite In the mid-twentieth century, before its decades’ long decline, the Brooklyn waterfront buzzed with the movement of ships … Continue reading

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December Breakfast Talk: A Museum Comes to the Brooklyn Waterfront

On November 18, the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center held its final Breakfast Talk of 2016. The featured speaker was Julie Golia, Director of Public History at the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS). Golia discussed BHS’s exciting new venture: a satellite location … Continue reading

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First Breakfast Talk – Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal

Author Joseph Alexiou captivated the audience with a narrative history of the Gowanus Canal’s transformation from an idyllic tidal estuary into a major commercial waterway in the nineteenth century. Alexiou highlighted Gowanus’s significance to the Revolutionary War and how the … Continue reading

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Controversial BQX was the topic of our final Breakfast Talk of the semester

Harris Schechtman, National Director of Transit for Sam Schwartz Engineering, was our guest for the final BWRC Breakfast Talk of the semester (Mr. Schechtman replaced Mr. Schwartz, the originally scheduled speaker). Mr. Schechtman, who has over 40 years of experience … Continue reading

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BWRC Fifth Annual Conference Wrap-Up

Photo credit: Robin Michals The BWRC Conference on “The Past, Present and Possible Future of Manufacturing Along the Brooklyn Waterfront” was a resounding success. Our best-attended conference yet examined the past, present, and future of industry and manufacturing on the … Continue reading

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New Facebook page

Please check out our new Facebook page and give us a “like”! We’ll be posting occasional updates, as well as a moderate amount of links to events and articles related to the Brooklyn waterfront.  As always, you can follow us on … Continue reading

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Brooklyn’s Urban Farms: Production and Education Breakfast Panel

The BWRC held its first Breakfast Talk of the semester—and our first Breakfast Talk Panel conversation ever— on Friday, February 19th. We were pleased to present a panel of four highly-qualified experts on a topic that has been steadily garnering … Continue reading

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Neil DeMause Discusses Ever-Changing Coney Island

Neil deMause gave the BWRC a fascinating Breakfast talk on the Coney Island Chapters of his new book Brooklyn Wars. Here are some pictures from the event:    

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