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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