Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:30pm


Hike the trails and shoreline of Dead Horse Bay with Mickey Maxwell Cohen, American Littoral Society naturalist, author of Discovering the Trails of Dead Horse Bay. Explore the nature and fascinating history of this little known area. Sturdy footwear is essential.  And of course dress appropriately for the day's weather.

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

Location : Floyd Bennett Field Ranger Station
Contact : To RSVP: Call (718) 474-0896, or email

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm


The future of South Street Seaport has been much discussed and hotly debated. Historian James M. Lindgren, author of the book Preserving South Street Seaport: The Dream and Reality of a New York Urban Renewal District published by NYU Press in 2014, will unravel the complex story of how it has evolved over the past fifty years to be what it is today.

Preserving South Street Seaport tells the fascinating story, from the 1960s to the present, of the South Street Seaport District of Lower Manhattan. Home to the original Fulton Fish Market and then the South Street Seaport Museum, it is one of the last neighborhoods of late 18th- and early 19th-century New York City not to be destroyed by urban development. In 1988, South Street Seaport became the city's #1 destination for visitors.

Lindgren will shed light upon the efforts of preservationists to protect the area leading to its being designated a New York City Historic District, the many challenges faced by the South Street Seaport Museum, the controversial construction of the Rouse Company's New Fulton Market (1983) and recently demolished Pier 17 mall (1985), as well as the impacts of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.

The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan
(212) 683-0023

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 1:00pm - 5:30pm

“Parker Dam on the Colorado River forms the eastern end of the 150-mile metropolitan aqueduct which supplies drinking water to Los Angeles and intermediate cities” | photo by Charles O’Rear, desaturated from original

A symposium on issues of water supply in the context of climate change.
Speakers include: Al Appleton, Hadley Arnold, Peter Arnold, Maria Arquero de Alarcón, Ila Berman, Kevin Bone, Rosalie Genevro, Henry L. Henderson, Jen Maigret, Peter Mulvaney, Josh Newell, Stephanie Pincetl, and James Wescoat

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:00pm

Join Matt Urbanski, one of the lead designers of Brooklyn Bridge Park, to discover the inspirations and ambitions behind the park design.

What were they thinking about when they designed Brooklyn Bridge Park? Inspirations range from Prospect Park, Historic Coney Island and Sandy Hook NJ, The Long Island Beaches, Pelham Bay Park, and Riverside Park, the degrading piers of Bush Terminal and German playgrounds and Austrian beer gardens. Come hear one of the lead designers of the park connect the place with the inspirations.

334 Furman Street / Brooklyn

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

Rescheduled to March 9th.

Below information was sent to us by the S.W.I.M. Coaltion: 


'As you know from prior SWIM alerts, the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation has proposed to improve the swimmability of waterbodies in NYC, by amending the Water Quality Standards for Class I and SD waters.  Those waters -- including the Hudson River (south of the Bronx), Harlem River, Bronx River (tidal portion), East River, Flushing Bay, Newtown Creek, Gowanus Canal, Jamaica Bay tributaries, Kill van Kull, and Arthur Kill -- are currently protected only for fishing and/or “secondary contact” recreation that involves incidental contact with the water.  
There is a crucial public hearing on January 27th  March 9th at 12:00PM at 290 Broadway, Room 27A (EPA building).  Further details on the meeting and proposal are linked from SWIM’s website.
Please remember to bring your photo ID.
We encourage everyone to attend and speak in support of this proposal, but with some critical caveats and necessary changes: 

Visit the SWIM Coaltion website for a set of talking points and download them as a PDF for you to bring to the meeting.'

The proposed rulemaking will amend Parts 701 and 703 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) to require that the quality of Class I and Class SD saline surface waters be suitable for primary contact recreation, such as swimming. This rulemaking is necessary to meet the "swimmable" goal of the federal Clean Water Act.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 8:00am - Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 8:00am


The 19th International Boating & Water Safety Summit will be held in Sandestin, Florida on Sunday, March 29 - Wednesday, April 1, 2015. You are invited to join as a presenter and share your experiences and knowledge.

The International Boating & Water Safety Summit is the premier event for training, awareness, meeting and networking for anyone involved in boating and water safety. General sessions cover a broad spectrum of national and international concerns with a focus on The Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Program and implementation opportunities. Breakout sessions allow the individual to attend classes geared toward their profession including Education, Risk Management, Law Enforcement, Communication and Outreach.

You can contact the National Safe Boating Council at (703) 361-4294 or or theNational Water Safety Congress at (502) 352-8771 or



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