Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Not This!                       This!

The sun, moon and earth are in position today to create one of the year’s lowest tides. Explore the intertidal zone and walk the sea floor with American Littoral Society naturalist, Mickey Maxwell Cohen, author of Adventures at the Beach to observe the usually hidden biological treasures from beyond the tides. 

This program is an American Littoral Society / G.N.R.A. Partnership Program and is free and open to the public.

Location : Building 1, Ft.Tilden, Rockaway Peninsula, NY
Contact : To RSVP: Call (718) 474-0896, or e-mail

DIRECTIONS TO FORT TILDEN: Subway & bus: Take the #2 or #5 train to Flatbush Ave. / Brooklyn College and then the Q-35 bus past Floyd Bennett Field and just over the Gil Hodges memorial Bridge. Ask driver to let you off at Ft. Tilden.

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 4:00pm

Gather around the fire and watch the sunset on the Winter Solstice.  Sing sea shanties and tell tall tales of winter, woods, and adventures small and large.

BYO; food, drink

437 McGuinness Blvd, Brooklyn NY 11222
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Monday, December 29, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Betsy Haggerty

East of the Hudson River lies the biggest consumer market in the United States. Yet many New Yorkers are unaware of how the things we buy, from produce to luxury goods make their way to our shores and stores.

This class will illuminate the often invisible world of goods movement, and the interaction of shiprailair, and truck freight in New York City's logistics network. We'll take a close look at New York's ports and terminals and learn about what's being done to improve the flow of goods in the region.  Course price: $10.00

Cancellation policy

Button signup

At the Brooklyn Brainery
190 Underhill Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
The closest trains are the B/Q to 7th Ave or the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza.  

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 11:00am


Join us for our annual winter stroll on Sandy Hook with our staff naturalists. 

Then return to our office for hot cider/chocolate and hot dogs. Bring any holiday desserts that you wish to share.
Cost: Free, donations welcomed.

Location : Building 18 Sandy Hook, NJ

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 12:30pm


$20 SUGGESTED DONATION to Camp Sunshine for each participant

NEW YEAR’S DAY: Assemble on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island. 

SWIM TIME 1:00 PM SHARP, arrive early.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

TED speaker, award winning designer, and sustainability provocateur Leyla Acaroglu explores counterintuitive ideas about what sustainability is and how we can use it to bring about innovative design solutions.  Hear about new ways of approaching sustainability as an opportunity for innovation through design

Is paper really better than plastic? How is your fridge contributing to global food waste? Do biodiesels make sense for a green economy and what is the point of recycling anyway? Using systems and life cycle thinking, Leyla Acaroglu dives into the fascinating world of opportunities that is sustainable design and innovation.  

This event was coordinated by Urban Green Council's Emerging Professionals Committee, a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Art, Design and the Urban Environment Discussion Series:
Freshkills Park: A Model For New York Recycling & Environmental Justice

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
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

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 3:00pm



Dive into the pre-history of Brooklyn Bridge Park with architectural historian Matt Postal.

Join architectural historian Matt Postal for a richly-illustrated talk and discover the park’s often-overlooked pre-history, from the arrival of the Dutch West India Company in the first decades of the 17th century to the mid-20th century when commercial activity declined and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway was inserted between Brooklyn Heights and warehouses owned by the New York Dock Company.

334 Furman St/ Brooklyn

Go to the website for your RSVP

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human



The winter months are the perfect time to kindle the fires of the imagination and dream of voyages, adventures, and new ideas.



On the second Sunday of every month we will meet around the fire and discuss a different book. Food and drink to share is always encouraged (especially if prepared at the boatyard.)

Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution. When our ancestors adapted to using fire, humanity began. Once our hominid ancestors began cooking their food, the human digestive tract shrank and the brain grew. Time once spent chewing tough raw food could be sued instead to hunt and to tend camp. Cooking became the basis for pair bonding and marriage, created the household, and even led to a sexual division of labor. Tracing the contemporary implications of our ancestors’ diets,Catching Fire sheds new light on how we came to be the social, intelligent, and sexual species we are today. A pathbreaking new theory of human evolution,Catching Fire will provoke controversy and fascinate anyone interested in our ancient origins—or in our modern eating habits.

January Book: Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human
Open to all members of the community.

437 McGuinness Blvd, Brooklyn NY 11222
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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Proposal: Courtesy of Daily News

Public Review and Comment

The Hudson River Park Trust has announced a Public Hearing and Public Review and Comment Period regarding a proposed lease for Pier 54 and a proposed amendment to Hudson River Park’s General Project Plan.  

Pursuant to the Hudson River Park Act, the Hudson River Park Trust (“Trust”) hereby gives notice of a public hearing to address (i) a proposed 20-year Lease, with an option to renew for a maximum  30-year Lease, between the Trust and Pier55, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, for the redevelopment of Pier 54 and subsequent operation of a public open park space with cultural programming; and (ii) an amendment to the Hudson River Park General Project Plan originally adopted on July 16, 1998 reflecting the proposed Pier 54 redevelopment.

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