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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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
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!
[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Location: A632
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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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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