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  • New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) Annual Meeting

    WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:15 am - 1:15 pm


    Keynote Speaker:

    Shailen Bhatt

    President and CEO
    ITS America

    How New Mobility Technologies are
    transforming the Movement of People,
    Data, and Freight

    RSVP Link:

    Webcast Link:




    Council Secretary Ron Epstein, New York State Department of Transportation

    Council Permanent Co-Chair Paul A. Karas, Acting Commissioner, New York State Dept. of Transportation
    Council Outgoing Co-Chair Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive

    Jose M. Rivera, P.E., Executive Director

    Shailen Bhatt, President & CEO, ITS America

    E. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (Reserved for registered speakers on a first come, first served basis. Each speaker will be asked to limit remarks to no more than three minutes.)


    1. ACCEPT:  February 27, 2018 Meeting Synopsis

    2. ADOPT: Resolution #2019-1 –   Council Adoption of the State Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Unified Planning Work Program.

    3. ADOPT: Resolution #2019-2 –   Recognition of Service as NYMTC Co-Chair by Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive

    4. CONFIRM:   New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg as the Council Incoming Co-Chair for 2019-2020



    Event Type: Lecture
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  • 2018 Transportation Scavenger Hunt

    WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    Join fellow members of the APA’s New York Metro Chapter and members of the Young Professionals in Transportation NYC Chapter for the sixth annual Transportation Scavenger Hunt! Teams of 3-6 people will scour Brooklyn-Queens between the Queensboro Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge in search of answers to clues about the neighborhoods’ transportation history.

    This year we are partnering with Urban Archive, a location-based mobile platform that empowers New Yorkers to learn about history where it happened. The app brings together the digital collections of New York City’s museums, archives, and libraries in an easy-to-use resource built for discovery. Teams will use the app’s historic photos and our organizers’ written clues to ‘check in’ to locations throughout our hunt zone. You can also upload your own photos to show what sites look like today. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams during a networking event at the end of the hunt.

    Details and signup here! – RSVPs required

    When: Saturday, October 20th, 2018

    1:30-3:30 (Hunt)

    3:30-5:30 (Networking Reception)

    Things to Note

    • At least one person per team must have an iPhone running iOS 10.0 or later to participate
    • You can form teams ahead of time or sign up as an individual and we will assign you a team the day of the hunt.
    • The event is free but you must RSVP and be a member of YPT or APA-NYM to participate.

    Meeting Location at 1:30 PM, North Williamsburg Ferry Landing:

    East River, just off of North 6th Street, Brooklyn NY 11249

    Ending Location at 3:30 PM, Bierocracy, 12-23 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City NY 11101

    This event is limited to 40 participants so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. You must be an active member of either YPT-NYC or APA-NYM, to participate. You must select a ticket that corresponds with your membership affiliation. Registrations will be checked against member lists. A waitlist for tickets will be maintained, and you must be a YPT or APA member to gain a spot on the waitlist.


    Event Type: Other
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  • PARK(ing) Day 2018

    WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2018 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

    PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary miniature parks, or parklets. The mission of the event is to call attention to the importance of urban open space, generate a dialogue about urban planning, landscape architecture, and the benefits of public green space, and improving the quality of urban human habitat.

    Last year we were visible from the Today Show filming and got on air during the crowd shots, which we hope to do again this year!

    Theme(s): Park where you park – the value of urban green space


    7-9:00 am – Make a splash with the Today Show crowd, take some selfies or tell us why you value public green space*

    9-11:00am – Relax in our pop-up garden and learn about the restorative qualities of urban green space

    11-2:00 pm – Take a break to play games, take selfies and tell us what you like to do to decompress during the work week*

    * responses will be in the form of short video interviews, drawing/sketching or writing on sticky notes and presented on social media with permission.


    Event Type: Other
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  • Young Professionals Bike Tour 2018 - East Harlem & Randall's Island Park

    WHEN: Monday, September 17, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Please join us for our second annual Autumn Bike Tour. This year NYC DOT Bicycle staff will guide a bike tour exploring new and innovative infrastructure from East Harlem to and around Randall’s Island Park!

    We encourage you to bring a friend who may not usually ride bikes on NYC streets. Citi Bike/Motivate will provide promotional bikes to users interested in trying Citi Bike.

    RSVP required

    After the bike tour, you are invited to join us food and drinks at East Harlem Bottling Co – 1711 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029 (


    5:00pm – Meet in East Harlem (Exact Location TBD), pick up Citi Bikes if needed.
    5:30pm – Start 1 hour bike tour of new facilities.
    6:30pm – End tour and dock Citi Bikes.
    6:35pm – Head over to Happy Hour at East Harlem Bottling Co.

    Hosted By: WTS-GNY Young Professionals, APA-NY, NYC DOT Bicycle Program

    RSVP required


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Monthly HNRC Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Join us for our monthly meeting of the chapter’s Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee!


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Monthly HNRC Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Join us for our monthly meeting of the chapter’s Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee!


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Regional Planning Panel Discussion

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Please join the APA NYM Transportation Committee for a panel discussion on regional planning challenges and opportunities in the New York City metropolitan area. Hear from the Regional Plan Association and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council on their recently released regional plans, followed by a moderated discussion led by the NYC Department of City Planning. Light snacks will be provided. 1.5 CM credits pending.

    RSVP required for building security –

    Please note the new location. Event will be held at AECOM’s offices at 125 Broad St, 15th Floor


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 1.5 pending

  • NYC Ferry Happy Hour!

    WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Please join the Transportation and Urban Design Committees at 6 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 16th for an informal discussion and happy hour centered on NYC’s new ferry system. We will hear from representatives of the Economic Development Corporation, the Department of City Planning, and the private sector. Topics may include service implementation, initial observations on operations, and anticipated impacts on waterfront communities. Take the ferry to Long Island City and join us at Alewife NYC!

    Please RSVP to


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • New Trends in Coastal Mitigation: A Detailed Look at In-Water Impacts & Mitigation in NYC

    WHEN: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Building on last fall’s Permitting 101 education event, join the APA Waterfront Committee for a continuing education event to learn about emerging trends in coastal in-water impact mitigation. The following presentations to be given followed by discussion and Q & A:

    • Floating Structures Pilot Project: Fish Utilization & Response and Hydrodynamics & Sediment Transport
      Bonnie Harken, Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc. 
    • Wetland Mitigation in NYC
      Marit Larson, Chief of Natural Resources NYC Parks
    • NYC’s First Bank and Available Wetland Mitigation Credits
      Max Taffet, Vice President of Ports and Transportation, NYCEDC

    Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, APA, is President of Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm which consults about strategies for planning and implementing successful, sustainable developments that transform cities. Founded in 2003 with a special strength in resilient urban waterfronts, Nautilus has worked in over 25 countries. Recently, Nautilus International was the lead consultant for the PANYNJ on a multi-year study about revitalizing six miles of waterfront in SW Brooklyn and led a consulting team who conducted scientific research about the environmental effects of near-shore floating structures, like ferry terminals, in New York Harbor. Ms. Harken is an internationally-recognized expert in urban waterfront redevelopment and downtown revitalization. Early in her career, Ms. Harken led urban design and architectural teams on a wide number of projects at Battery Park City in New York. Other waterfront projects include strategic planning for General Motors’ 5.5M sf riverfront headquarters in Detroit. Ms. Harken served as the APA NY Metro’s representative on the Mayor Bloomberg’s Waterfront Management Advisory Board. Ms. Harken’s work has won numerous awards for design excellence as well as for meritorious service to the profession from APA. Ms. Harken grew up in Asia and Latin America, studied environmental design at Parsons School of Design, real estate finance at NYU, and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

    Marit Larson is the Chief of Natural Resources for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. She is an environmental scientist with Masters degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Washington and resources management from the University of California at Berkeley. Beginning with a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany to study stream restoration, she has worked on stream and wetland restoration and protection in urban areas for over 25 years. Ms. Larson oversees the protection, restoration, management and conservation of New York City Parks’ 10,000 acres of natural spaces. She is responsible for forest and wetland research, conservation research, and stormwater green infrastructure design and construction, as well as for New York City’s native plant center and its Urban Field Station — a collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service.

    Max Taffet is a Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the Ports and Transportation division. Taffet is currently working to implement NYC’s first wetland mitigation bank. Following federally established Clean Water Act guidelines for offsetting impacts to aquatic resources, this 69-acre site on Staten Island’s West Shore is generating credits that represent the first ever environmental compensatory currency to exist in the Port of New York. As VP of Waterfront Planning, Taffet implemented a website called “Waterfront Navigator.NYC” intended to rationalize permitting of coastal development and maintenance as well as leads other complex waterfront siting projects.Taffet has a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University and received a B.A. at the University of British Columbia.



    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: YES, # TBD

  • Big Data, Urban Data

    WHEN: Friday, March 31, 2017 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Big Data is the term being used to describe a wide spectrum of observational or “naturally-occurring” data generated through transactional, operational, planning and social activities that are not specifically designed for research. Due to the structure and access conditions associated with this data, research and analysis of this data becomes significantly complicated. New sources of Big Data are rapidly emerging as a result of technological, institutional, social, and business innovations.

    The New York Metro chapter of the American Planning Association Student Representative Committee is hosting a gathering of urban data analysts and enthusiasts.  We shall discuss the emerging sources of Big Data, the use of this data in urban research, and the challenges that arise in this use. Join us for a series of presentations followed by a panel discussion surrounding the topic of big data and how it can be used to better understand the urban environment.


    Event Type: Discussion
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