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  • Land Under Water in NYC: What it is & Why it Matters

    WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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    Join the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee for a set of presentations on the elusive topic of how to plan for Lands Under Water. Lands Under Water often have unclear jurisdictions and complex regulatory contexts—but also an endless potential for creative waterfront activation. This perennial issue of waterfront planning is sometimes murky, always fascinating, and good to know about if working on the waterfront in NYC or NY State.

    First Presentation: Scott Shostak, Counsel at NYCEDC

    • History of Lands Under Water in what is now NY State
    • Different states, different riparian rules
    • Lands Under Water examples in NYC

    Second Presentation: Alexis Saba, Counsel at Sive, Paget, and Riesel

    • Land Under Water issue spotting and tools
    • Who owns what and what to do about it
    • Why Lands Under Water ownership matters: permitting implications
    • State and City ownership inconsistency/lack of clarity/ownership disagreements
    • What doesn’t show up in title reports

    Third Presentation: Edward M. Weinstein, Principal of Edward M. Weinstein Architecture and Planning PC (formerly NYC Department of Ports and Terminals)

    • Zoning above Lands Under Water
    • Floor Area Ratios (FAR), what counts and what doesn’t?
    • Floating structures and example as it relates to Lands Under Water
    • Other Country’s treatment of Lands Under Water

    AICP Law CM Credits TBD

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  • Monthly Meeting APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee

    WHEN: Monday, September 24, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    The next committee meeting will be Monday, September 24.

    Agenda items:

    • Mitch Waxman to present on the history and context of Newtown Creek
    • Land Under Water event prep

    No RSVP required to attend.

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  • Canal to Coast: Reuniting the Waters

    WHEN: Thursday, August 30, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Join APA Waterfront Committee members for a tour and performance, details can be viewed HERE.

    Take to the water aboard a New York Water Taxi, with tour guides organized by Working Harbor Committee, to learn about the origins of Brooklyn’s Erie Basin as the Erie Canal’s ultimate destination and its current role as a vital resource for maritime industry on this guided tour of Red Hook’s Erie Basin and our South Brooklyn working waterfront, departing from and returning to the Red Hook Dock at Fairway. This tour will be led Mitch Waxman of The Newtown Pentacle & the Working Harbor Committee.

    This is the third of three boat tour dates and five performance events in Canal to Coast: Reuniting the Waters a program of the Waterfront Alliance made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This series of boat tours focused on Erie Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn and its role in helping the Erie Canal make New York City a world capital. In addition to boat tours, Canal to Coast will offer performances that will take place aboard Lehigh Valley no. 79, a 104-year-old Lehigh Valley Railroad barge moored in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Tickets to performances will cost $2 (plus processing fee) each. Boat ride tickets will cost $5 each (plus processing fee).

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  • APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee Monthly Meeting

    WHEN: Monday, June 25, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    The next APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee meeting will be Monday, June 25.

    Agenda Items:
    -Debrief 5/20 tour
    -A committee Hidden Harbor Tour
    -Coordination with APA Long Island Chapter on a possible tour of Fire Island
    -Fall APA Conference (any waterfront committee involvement)

    RSVP is not required.

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  • 5/20 APA Waterfront Committee LIC/Roosevelt Island Walking Tour

    WHEN: Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    As a part of the annual May 20th (5/20) celebration of NYC’s 520 miles of waterfront, the APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee is hosting a 3-hour walking tour spanning from the Hallet’s Cove peninsula to the tip of Roosevelt Island.

    Walking approximately 3 miles the route will explore and educate participants on a variety of NYC shoreline conditions. From one of the original privately owned public waterfront access areas along the Costco parking lot to the brand new waterfront infrastructure of the NYC Ferry. Also visited and to be discussed along the way will be City Parks kayak launches, the Socrates Sculpture Garden, the new Cornell Tech Campus, and the tour will finish at the FDR Four Freedoms State Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island.

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    The map shows walking route.

     

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  • Waterfront Committee

    WHEN: Monday, April 2, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    The next NY Metro Chapter APA Waterfront Committee meeting is April 2, 2018 at 7PM.

    • Representatives from NYC Department Housing, Preservation, and Development will attend and share some of their agency’s recent work.
    • Also on the committee meeting agenda is to refine CM event plans for the year.
    • As always attendees are welcome to bring snacks/beverages to share

    RSVP is not required to attend.

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  • APA Waterfront Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Monday, March 5, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Please join us for the monthly APA Waterfront Committee– RSVP by emailing waterfront@nyplanning.org

    Meeting agenda to be distributed by email and calendar invite to all RSVPs.

    RSVP is not required.

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  • 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 apanymtransportation@gmail.com.

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  • Monthly Meeting APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee

    WHEN: Monday, December 4, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Monthly general meeting for APA Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee shall be held on 12/4/17 at 7 PM. If you would like to join the committee meeting please email maxtaffet@gmail.com.

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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.

     

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    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: YES, # TBD