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May 4

Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Waterfront Park Survived the Storm

BBPBeauty Shots 7-26-11© Julienne Schaer

Time: – 1:00 PM

Walk Host: Jennifer Klein, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Matthew Urbanski, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Accessibility: Fully Accessible

Description: During the early stages of the Brooklyn Bridge Park design process, careful thought was given to the park’s waterfront location and the risk of severe weather and rising sea levels. Despite its waterfront location, the park sustained minimal damage during last year’s Super Storm Sandy. During this tour, learn all about Brooklyn Bridge Park's design and the various landscape features that helped to protect the park during this historic storm.

Meeting Place: The corner of Old Fulton and Water Street in the Fulton Ferry Landing section of the park in front of the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

Ending Place: Pier 1

The Seaport After Sandy Tour

Boat-Pic

Time: – 1:30 PM

Walk Host: Urban Oyster Tours

Accessibility: Not Accessible - stairs, obstacles, uneven terrain, steep paths

Description: Urban Oyster is launching a new tour about New York's Waterfront that will include the Seaport. Many New Yorkers have no idea how much the Seaport is struggling after Sandy or how important this most historic neighborhood is to our city. Join Urban Oyster's Brian Hoffman for a stroll around the Seaport to talk about that amazing history and the struggles of merchants, ship owners, and the Seaport Museum in the wake of Sandy's wrath. If the city doesn't rally to support this neighborhood then we risk losing it and many of the jewels that you can find there today.

Meeting Place: Bowne & Co Stationers - 211 Water St, New York, NY 10038

Ending Place: Bridge Cafe - 279 Water St, New York, NY 10038

Brooklyn’s Red Hook: Past and Post-Sandy

Red Hook Photo

Time: – 12:00 PM

Walk Host: Deborah Gardner, Roosevelt House at Hunter College

Accessibility: Partially Accessible - curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Description: In the past, Red Hook was oriented towards the port and industry with plentiful working class jobs, but declining after WWII, it became the location for a major public housing project and park. On the verge of accelerating gentrification, with a big box store (Ikea) and food magnet (Fairway), small start-up businesses, an urban farm, city-sponsored waterfront parks, and new cultural energy (art, movie locations, music), Sandy struck and caused enormous damage. What does the future hold for this sea level area? We will explore all of these dimensions during our walk.

Meeting Place: In front of the Trader Joe's at 130 Court Street in Brooklyn. The tour will meet outside on the Atlantic Avenue side of Trader Joe's

Ending Place: Ikea, 1 Beard Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Waterfront Park Survived the Storm

BBPBeauty Shots 7-26-11© Julienne Schaer

Time: – 10:00 am

Walk Host: Regina Myer, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Matthew Urbanski, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Accessibility: Fully Accessible

Description: During the early stages of the Brooklyn Bridge Park design process, careful thought was given to the park’s waterfront location and the risk of severe weather and rising sea levels. Despite its waterfront location, the park sustained minimal damage during last year’s Super Storm Sandy. During this tour, learn all about Brooklyn Bridge Park's design and the various landscape features that helped to protect the park during this historic storm.

Meeting Place: The corner of Old Fulton and Water Street in the Fulton Ferry Landing section of the park in front of the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

Ending Place: Pier 1

May 5

Brooklyn’s Red Hook: Past and Post-Sandy

Red Hook Photo

Time: – 12:00 PM

Walk Host: Deborah Gardner, Roosevelt House at Hunter College

Accessibility: Partially Accessible - curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Description: In the past, Red Hook was oriented towards the port and industry with plentiful working class jobs, but declining after WWII, it became the location for a major public housing project and park. On the verge of accelerating gentrification, with a big box store (Ikea) and food magnet (Fairway), small start-up businesses, an urban farm, city-sponsored waterfront parks, and new cultural energy (art, movie locations, music), Sandy struck and caused enormous damage. What does the future hold for this sea level area? We will explore all of these dimensions during our walk.

Meeting Place: In front of the Trader Joe's at 130 Court Street in Brooklyn. The tour will meet outside on the Atlantic Avenue side of Trader Joe's

Ending Place: Ikea, 1 Beard Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn