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On The Changing Waterfront

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010

In 1609, New Yorks future waterfront was an arcadian shore of forests, wetlands, beaches, and sand bars, according to Eric Sanderson's book Mannahatta. That landscape is lost forever, but visions of a post-industrial, neo-natural waterfront are longstanding.

In 1944, futurists Paul and Percival Goodman proposed that Manhattan "open out toward the water, lining its gritty waterfront with new parks. They were prescient: today the waters edge of Manhattan is evolving from a "no-man's-land" into a "highly desirable zone of parks," in the words of writer Phillip Lopate.

The newly designated Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is cobbled together from many bits and pieces like Battery Park City, Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, restored Harlem River parks, and tiny Stuyvesant Cove Parkeach with its own chronicle of past and present struggles among property owners, community groups, developers, politicians, planners, lawyers, and other stakeholders. Elsewhere in the city, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, Governors Island, the South Bronx Greenway, Pelham Bay South Waterfront Park, the Bronx River Greenway, and Gateway National Recreation Area are among many waterfront works in progress.

Turning the Tide: New York's Waterfront in Transition will address selected topics and issues relating to what has been achieved and what remains to be done to continue the transformation of New Yorks waterfronts.

Sponsors: Dr. Rutherford H. Platt for the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, in collaboration with the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Dates: Wednesdays, February 24, March 17, April 7 & April 28, 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Session I: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College West Building, E. 68th St and Lexington Ave
Session II, III, IV: The Roosevelt House for Public Policy Institute at Hunter College , 47-49 E. 65th Street

RSVP & Information: Contact Brigid Ripley, 212.3966264 or bripley@hunter.cuny.edu

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