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Reimagining the City’s Waterfront and Parks: Gallery Opening and Panel Discussion

Exhibit presented by the Gallery Space at Wagner and CIVITAS

Panel discussion presented by the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA), Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC), and Wagner Philanthropy

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm panel discussion | 7:30pm-9:00pm gallery reception
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue | Gallery Space at Wagner

Please join us for the opening reception of Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade, the Spring 2014 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. The exhibit is organized in conjunction with the panel discussion All Parks Considered: Funding & Sustaining NYC Parks.

In 2011, CIVITAS launched an ideas competition to generate dramatic and original concepts for the East River Esplanade from 60th to 125th Streets. The eight winning designs were featured in Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade, an exhibition organized by the Museum of the City of New York and curated by Andrea Renner, the Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow. It was on view at the Museum from June 6 – October 28, 2012. The exhibition has been adapted for the Gallery Space at Wagner by resident curator Frankie Crescioni-Santoni and will be on view through July 11.

The opening reception will be preceded by All Parks Considered: Funding & Sustaining NYC Parks, a panel discussion and Q&A focusing on the disparate private funding for parks across the City. Moderated by CIVITAS Executive Director and NYU Wagner alumna Lauren O’Toole, panelists will delve into a variety of pressing and relevant topics, including: the vision, opportunities, and challenges for parks under a new mayoral administration; the role of private funding in supporting public spaces; and inequality in funding for parks.

Lauren O’Toole, Executive Director, CIVITAS

Confirmed Panelists
David Cerron, Chief Accountant, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Charles Jarden, Chairman, Fort Greene Park Conservancy
Leigh Trucks, Director of Capital Projects, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation

For more information, please contact wagner.gallery@nyu.edu or 212.998.7400.

Join CIVITAS for an in-depth, illustrated discussion of the East River waterfront with John Kriskiewicz, architectural historian, and Signe Nielsen, principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. The lecture will explore the history of our waterfront and the current state of the East River Esplanade in the historic library of the former Fabbri Mansion, now House of the Redeemer.

Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 pm
House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues)

A reception and refreshments will follow the lecture.

Suggested donation: $10
Registration is requested.
RSVP to CIVITAS at (212) 996-0745 or info@civitasnyc.org.

Since 2011, CIVITAS has organized an international ideas competition and museum exhibition as well as design workshops, lectures, and community service projects focused on visions for an improved East River Esplanade from 60th-125th Street. CIVITAS feels strongly that the East River waterfront could serve a major recreational and environmental need for East Harlem, the Upper East Side and, indeed, this whole city. In order to understand the potential of the East River Esplanade, a comparison of this unique land resource with successfully realized linear park precedents leads to a more thorough understanding of the potential for a redeveloped Esplanade. In order to maximize this potential, urban planners, politicians and community constituents must also understand both the feasibility and challenges faced when solving this design problem. It is within this context that the needs of the community can be analyzed and addressed.

Read more about House of the Redeemer historic landmark.