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 Talks presents “Shooting” the Brooklyn Waterfront: Two Photographers Talk About Their Work



The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center’s Next Breakfast Talk

“Shooting” the Brooklyn Waterfront: Two Photographers Talk About Their Work

with Robin Michals and Nathan Kensinger

BWRC Breakfast Talks presents "Shooting" the Brooklyn Waterfront: Two Photographers Talk About Their Work 1
Coney Island, High Tide, 2013

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Robin Michals is a photographer whose work considers the built environment with a focus on the de-industrialized urban waterfront. Since 2010, she has been developing Castles Made of Sand, a series about the low-lying areas around New York City, New Orleans, and several cities in the Pearl River Delta in China that are being affected by sea level rise.Oakwood Beach documents the slow dismantlement of a neighborhood in Staten Island after it was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. She has been working on a photo series, Abused and Reused: The Brooklyn Waterfront,since 2006. She also was a visiting artist at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2015. Her work has been seen at St. Peter’s Church, the Alice Austen House, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Davis Orton Gallery among other venues. She teaches photography in the Communication Design Department at City Tech.

Nathan Kensinger is a photographer, filmmaker, artist, and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. His work explores hidden urban landscapes, off-limits industrial structures, unnatural waterways, environmental disaster zones, and other liminal spaces. He has been documenting New York City’s changing waterfront for the past decade, in an ongoing series of photo essays published every two weeks. These essays have been featured by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Village Voice and many other publications, and are currently published as the “Camera Obscura” column at Curbed NY. His photographs have been exhibited by the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and in numerous galleries.

Pastries, juice, and coffee will be served!

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
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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: Walking New York City’s Waterfront Neighborhoods: Are Brooklyn’s Really Different?

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.

HelmreichWilliam 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.

Room: N119
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