BWRC Breakfast Talks

Panel discussion:
Art at the Water’s Edge:
Building Community along Brooklyn’s Waterfront

Join us for a panel discussion of artists who use the Brooklyn waterfront as subject, inspiration, material, and place for their art. Moderated by BWRC’s Robin Michals, the panelists, each working in a different media, will explain what draws them to the waterfront and how that place informs their art—from printmaking to photography to boat and bridge building.

Art at the Water’s Edge


BWRC Breakfast Talk: Brooklyn’s Urban Farms: Production and Education

BWRC Breakfast Talk

Although the current urban farming movement predates its arrival in Brooklyn, some of the most innovative and dynamic urban farming is being done in that borough.  While urban farms address issues of sustainability, nutrition, and “food deserts,” they have always had an educational component to them.   

BWRC’s first breakfast event of the new semester will be a panel discussion on urban farms along the Brooklyn waterfront.  The panelists will include urban farmers and educators: Ben Flanner of the Brooklyn Grange, Mara Gittleman of KCC Urban Farm, and Mark Hellerman and Diana Mincyte of City Tech.

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BWRC Breakfast Talk: The New Coney Island: Who Gains, Who Loses?

[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Venue: N119

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. While much has been gained, much has also been lost — raising questions about not just the future of America’s Playground, but whose vision of that future ends up shaping city policy.

Journalist Neil deMause has lived in Brooklyn for more than 25 years, and has been writing about its neighborhoods for just as long. Neil is a contributing editor for City Limits magazine, a frequent contributor to the Village Voice, and a former op-ed columnist for Metro New York. He is co-author of Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit and is currently at work on The Brooklyn Wars, scheduled for publication in early 2016.

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BWRC Breakfast Talk: Riding and Racing: Bikes at Coney Island (1880-1930)

[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
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Cycling along the Boardwalk at Coney Island is not new. In the 1880s, Coney Island was a frequent destination for club-oriented, high-wheel riders from New York City. During the great bicycle boom of the 1890s, Coney Island hosted numerous amateur and professional races. A velodrome (a type of bicycle race track) continued to flourish there into the 1930s. At about that time, adult recreational cycling enjoyed a major comeback, and Coney Island once again became a haven for recreational cyclists. Come learn about this fantastic period in Brooklyn history!

Speaking will be David Herlihy author of The Lost Cyclist and Bicycle: The History.

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BWRC Breakfast Talk: CSI on the Waterfront

The first BWRC Breakfast Talk of 2015 is with Eymund Diegel on Friday, February 27at Citytech in A632 from 8:30am to 10:00am:

on the Waterfront

Urban planner and citizen-scientist Eymund Diegel has used kites, helium-filled balloons, and inexpensive cameras for the aerial photography that has helped him chart the environmental history of the land and the people of his neighborhood along the Brooklyn waterfront.

Diegel is a board member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), a loosely organized community that practices “civic science.” He will speak about some of his discoveries, the tools that were employed to make them, and the way these discoveries can be used to improve the environmental conditions of his Gowanus neighborhood.

Pastries, juice, and coffee will be served.
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Where: CityTech (CUNY), 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY. Room Atrium 632
When: 8:30am – 10:00am, Friday, February 27, 2015

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