Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 11:00am - 5:00pm



Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm


2 - 5 PM. $50 per person, children under 16 $5.

Includes full buffet, wine/beer and entertainment.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Cross Harbor Freight Program: Finding the Best Regional Solutions for Freight-Related Traffic Congestion  Location: Queens

There are only a handful of transportation options to cross New York Harbor and the lower Hudson River, and as a consequence, freight traffic currently shares severely congested crossings with cars and mass transit. Freight-related traffic congestion inconveniences everyone involved and imposes environmental and economic costs on the region.

If we don't take action, today's traffic-jams will get worse, and extend for longer and longer periods beyond typical commuting hours. Projected growth in demand for goods—combined with continued dependence on trucks traveling overburdened roads—will create even more congestion, environmental challenges, and safety concerns. It's not just your time at risk—our region's overwhelming dependence on trucking for freight movement increases the costs and environmental impacts of goods movement, while decreasing the reliability and speed of freight delivery and diminishing the safety of our roadways and infrastructure. With expected future growth in freight movement, truck vehicle miles traveled (VMT) will increase and so will the inefficiencies and adverse effects of our dependence on trucks for freight movement, including higher transportation costs, which would be passed on to consumers as higher prices for goods.

We need to move goods more efficiently. The region needs non-highway alternative freight movement options to increase reliability and resiliency, while reducing costs.


Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 213
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

All public hearing dates, times and locations are subject to change due to inclement weather conditions. An informational recording regarding any change in the hearing schedule will be available at (201) 8202170 at least two hours before the scheduled start time of the hearing.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 6:30pm

Hudson Yards Imagined

A dramatic transformation of Manhattan’s West Side is underway at Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in American history and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. New Yorkers, this is your chance to learn all about this 28-acre, emergent neighborhood wrapped by the final section of the High Line, and soon to feature new housing, office space, parkland, cultural and public spaces. Join our distinguished speakers as they discuss the thinking behind the Hudson Yards development process, and the questions that the mega project raises for the city’s future.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Gowanus Fish - Eymund Diegel

Nestled between the hip and hardly inexpensive neighborhoods Park Slope and Carroll Gardens is the Gowanus Canal: Brooklyn’s most infamous toxic waste site. 

While many are aware that the canal is smelly or that bodies have been dumped there, the Gowanus is more than an open sewer: it is a dynamic part of New York history, stretching before the early days of the City of Brooklyn to colonization itself. And yes, raw sewage does flow into it; but that’s no accident, due to designs totally acceptable to 19th century urban planners.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 12:00pm


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.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 8:30pm - 10:00pm

image courtesy beigeinside

With the Environmental Protection Agency's designation of Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, Superfund has become a colloquial term and a buzzword in New York City.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

NYC Parks

The ongoing development of Freshkills Park is one of the most ambitious public works projects in the history of New York City, using state of the art ecological restoration techniques in an extraordinary setting for recreation, public art, and environmental investigation.

The 2,200-acres of low-lying marsh, grassland, wetlands and former landfill will beincrementally built out based on the 2006 Draft Master Plan designed by James Corner Field Operations.

Learn about the planning process and conceptual design that NYC Parks is making a reality in this talk by Freshkills Park Manager for Programs, Arts and Grants, Mariel Villere. 

This is the second talk in a series detailing the development of Freshkills Park in Staten Island.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 1:00pm

A Vision for the Future


If our neighborhood does not raise its voice - loud and unified - RIGHT NOW, there is almost zero chance that the City will move to fulfill the promises for park space on the Williamsburg waterfront. 

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