Past Events

Below you will find our past events. For information on upcoming events please visit www.civitasnyc.org/events

CIVITAS Training & Mapping Events

Join CIVITAS as we document street trees in our neighborhood. TreesCount! 2015 is the third New York City tree census with previous censuses occurring in 1995 and 2005. CIVITAS is documenting approximately 50 blocks from 102nd Street south to 88th Street and 5th Avenue east to 2nd Avenue.

Below is information about our upcoming events, which are free and open to the public:

July 15th at 3pm, southeast corner of 95th Street and Madison Avenue
July 21st at 2pm, northwest corner of 95th Street and Lexington Avenue
July 30th at 3pm, northeast corner of 91st Street and Madison Avenue
August 5th at 2pm, northeast corner of 91st Street and Lexington Avenue
August 18th at 1pm, northeast corner of 97th Street and Lexington Avenue

Bring a friend (everyone works in pairs of 2 during the census) as we work together with the Department of Parks, community groups and 4,000-6,000 volunteers to better understand and improve our streetscapes throughout the five boroughs. The tree census is a family friendly volunteer activity with many opportunities for learning!

How To Join:
1)Visit https://treescount.nycgovparks.org
2)Register
3)Take a quick online training course to learn about the census and how to map street trees
4)Search for groups in your neighborhood (CIVITAS)
5)Sign up to attend an event
6)Let the tree mapping fun begin!

Art, Design and the Urban Environment Discussion Series

Join CIVITAS and the National Academy for a discussion series titled Art, Design, and the Urban Environment.
Admission is FREE

For tickets, call 212-369-4880 x201 or visit www.nationalacademy.org
All discussions in the series will take place at the National Academy: 1083 Fifth Avenue at East 89th Street New York, NY 10128
Reception to follow

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Freshkills Park: A Model For New York Recycling & Environmental Justice
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Landscape Futures and the East River Esplanade
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:30-8:00pm

Historic Preservation and the Park Avenue Historic District
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30-8:00pm


For more Reimagining the Waterfront events, visit www.reimaginethewaterfront-civitas.com 

For information on past events please visit www.civitasnyc.org/past-events.

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LATIN BEAT ON THE ESPLANADE!

Saturday, October 25

11AM-2PM

Just South Of The 103rd Street Footbridge On The East River Waterfront Esplanade

STOP BY FOR A FEW MINUTES—OR LONGER—AND ENJOY LATIN MUSIC PERFORMED ON GUITAR AND FLUTE.

There will be SURPRISES for kids!!! 

Friends Of The East River Esplanade(60th-120th Streets), Inc. is a nonprofit organization recognized under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Friends Of The East River Esplanade (60th-120th Streets), Inc. are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Open House New York
CIVITAS is participating in this year’s Open House New York Weekend! CIVITAS and the Mathews Nielsen team will take participants along a portion of the East River Esplanade reimagined in the current CIVITAS community based planning initiative. The tour will share aspects of our process of exploration and encompass 3 prospective nodes for improvement, characterized by CIVITAS and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects as medium and long-term opportunities. We will start at 96th Street, our “boat access” node, proceed up to the historic 107th Street Pier, and end the tour parallel with Thomas Jefferson Park, between 111th to 114th Streets.

Tour Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014
Tour Time:  10:00-11:30am

Please register in early October by visiting ohny.org

East River Esplanade Meeting

You are invited to lend your voice at a series of community meetings to discuss improvements to the East River Esplanade (60 – 125th Streets) hosted by CIVITAS and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects.

All meetings will be held in the evenings. Exact time and location are TBD unless otherwise stated.

Previous Meetings were held on:
Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30 pm at Regis High School (60 East 85th Street)
Tuesday, June 24th at 6:30 pm at Bonifacio Cora Taxidor Houses
Monday, September 22, at 6:30 pm at Stanley M Issacs Neighborhood Center

The series of meetings is kicked off with a listening session, and then will focus on opportunities and constraints that embrace issues such as Esplanade dimensions, land use, environmental concerns, regulatory parameters and recreational considerations.

Building on the visionary designs in CIVITAS’s Reimagining the Waterfront exhibition, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects will develop a study analyzing existing conditions of the Esplanade in order to frame the strategic opportunities for a better park. These visioning meetings will establish specific long and short-term goals that will be incorporated into their recommendations.

 


Join CIVITAS and the National Academy for a discussion series titled Art, Design, and the Urban Environment.

Admission is FREE for CIVITAS members. Find out how to join.

Admission for Non-Members: $15 Seniors and Students: $10

For tickets, call 212-369-4880 x201 or visit www.nationalacademy.org

All discussions in the series will take place at the National Academy: 1083 Fifth Avenue at East 89th Street New York, NY 10128

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Transportation and the Second Avenue Subway

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 6:30 – 8 pm

Panelists will discuss the construction of the Second Avenue Subway and the transportation infrastructure. How can urban design and public art transform street-level spaces to be more functional and beautify below-ground levels on a grand scale?

Moderated by James S. Russell, architecture columnist, Bloomberg News

Panelists:
Sandra Bloodworth, Director, MTA Arts for Transit
Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Director of Research, Terreform ONE
Judith Kunoff, Chief Architect, MTA New York City Transit

Join CIVITAS for a opening reception celebrating the new Reimagining the Waterfront exhibition location at a local Upper East Side beer store and tasting room, City Swiggers. We are celebrating with a round of City Swigger’s wide variety of craft beer.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
City Swiggers
320 East 86th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
5:30 pm

The first beer is on us!

Reimagining the Waterfront is a CIVITAS-sponsored initiative to improve the East River Esplanade between East 63rd and 125th Streets. The exhibition features the eight winning proposals from the 2012 design-ideas competition, as well as historic images of the East River Esplanade and photographs of the site today.

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Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade was organized by the Museum of the City of New York. It was curated by Andrea Renner, the Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and was on view at the Museum from June 6 through October 28, 2012.

For more information on the project, please visit: www.reimaginethewaterfront-civitas.com or call CIVITAS at (212) 996-0745.

RTWbookletcoverReimagining the Waterfront is a CIVITAS-sponsored initiative to improve the East River Esplanade between East 63rd and 125th Streets.

The exhibition is open through November, 2013 and features the eight winning proposals from the 2012 design-ideas competition, as well as historic images of the East River Esplanade and photographs of the site today.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
331 East 70th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
New York, NY 10021

 

Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade was organized by the Museum of the City of New York. It was curated by Andrea Renner, the Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and was on view at the Museum from June 6 through October 28, 2012.  For more information on the project, please visit: www.reimaginethewaterfront-civitas.com or call CIVITAS at (212) 996-0745.
New York City is easily-recognized worldwide by its skyscrapers and densely-populated urban environment. Robin Lynn and Francis Morrone in their newly-published Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes point to the less obvious—the city’s low-scale open spaces, as inspiring as those found in nature. Join FRIENDS for an illustrated lecture on places and landscape design, from 19th century cemeteries to the Upper East Side’s Conservatory Garden, with stops in-between. Morrone, rated one of the best tour guides in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine, provides an exciting insider’s look at New York’s outstanding and surprising urban oases.
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:30 p.m.
The Arsenal, Third Floor Gallery, 830 Fifth Avenue
$15 members of Friends of the Upper East Side, $20 non-members
Co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Historic House Trust, and CIVITAS.

Art, Design, and the Urban Environment Discussion Series

CIVITAS and the National Academy present a discussion series titled Art, Design, and the Urban Environment.

Water and the East River Esplanade

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:30 – 8 pm

Moderated by Gregg Pasquarelli, Principal and Founding Partner, SHoP Architects Panelists: –Cecilia Alemani – Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director, High Line Art –Al Appleton – Former Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection and former Director, NYC Water and Sewer System –Michael Marrella – Director, Waterfront and Open Space, NYC Department of City Planning –Charles Birnbaum – Founder and President of the Cultural Landscape Foundation

The first panel examines the revitalization of waterfront spaces within the context of the East River Esplanade from 63rd to 125th Streets. Through community visioning events and an international design competition CIVITAS has been advocating for a better waterfront park along the East River that will serve the recreational and environmental needs of the East Side community. This discussion of the Esplanade is an opportunity to explore both the history of the waterfront along the Upper East Side and East Harlem, as well as the potential in urban waterfronts to add value to our neighborhoods. Read more about our Reimagining the Waterfront Campaign here.

 

Urban Revitalization and East Harlem Rezoning

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 6:30 – 8 pm

Moderated by Karrie Jacobs, Contributing Editor, Metropolis Magazine; founding editor-in-chief, Dwell

Panelists:
Peter Gluck, Architect, GLUCK+
Gus Rosado, Executive Director, El Barrio’s Operation Fightback
Matthew Washington, Chair, Community Board 11

Focusing on urban revitalization through the lens of East Harlem rezoning and updated land use policies, this panel will look specifically at projects currently under way in East Harlem, including the renovation of the former P.S. 109 into affordable live work space for artists, and the transformation of La Marqueta, a marketplace under the Metro North railway tracks between 111th and 116th Streets that was once the economic and social  center of the neighborhood.

Since 2000, CIVITAS has been working closely with Community Board 11 to develop community based rezoning initiatives for East Harlem. The first phase, completed in 2003, was the first rezoning under the Bloomberg administration and established a contextual zoning program which has preserved existing buildings while encouraging development on vacant lots. A second set of rezoning recommendations was recently approved this year by CB11.

 

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