BWRC Breakfast Talk:Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed

BWRC Breakfast Talk:Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed 1

Joanne Witty has had a long and varied career as a lawyer, environmentalist, political activist, and author. She has been a central figure in the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, as President of the Local Development Corporation that created its master plan, and as Vice-Chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation – the entity building and operating the Park. She has held posts in both New York City and New York State government. For many years, she served on the Board of the National League of Conservation Voters and now serves on the Board of the Environmental Defense Action Fund.

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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
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Venue: N119

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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