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  • Economic Development Committee & Waterfront Committee's Panel Discussion Event: Impacts of New York City's Secondary Waterways

    WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    APA NY-Metro Chapter Presents;  Panel Discussion Event: Impacts of New York City’s Secondary Waterways 

    Join Economic Development Committee & Waterfront Committee for an exciting panel discussion on February 25th, 2020 (Tuesday)

    In the early 1800’s, many of NYC’s secondary waterways were once tidal estuaries and creeks that were later excavated or filled for commercial use. They became home to NYC’s industrial base. The maritime infrastructure created in the 18~1900s continues to support NYC’s overall economy. NYCEDC initiated a study in Oct 2015 to better understand the value of NYC’s secondary waterways and identify opportunities to grow waterborne commerce. Water freight provides significant public benefits by limiting truck use improving air quality, lowering our carbon footprint, reducing roadway congestion, and providing good-paying middle-class jobs.

    The Details

    Where:               150 Broadway, 20th Floor New York, NY 10038 (Large conference room)

    When:                 Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

    Time:                   Entire duration – 6:00p-8:30p 

    Agenda:            6-6:15 Arrivals/Sing-in

                                 6:15-6:30 Introductions 

                                 6:30-7:30 Panel/Discussions Presentations 

                                 7:30-8:15 Q&A discussion

                                 8:15-8:30 Conclusions / Brief Network Session 

    RSVP required: economicdevelopment@nyplanning.org   (by Feb 24th 5 pm)

    Guest Speakers:

    • Maggie Flanagan (Waterfront Alliance)
    • Sarah Dougherty (Waterfront Alliance)
    • Jim Tampakis (Marine Spares International,  Red Hook Community)
    • Max Taffet (NYC Economic Development Corporation)
    • Cory Mann (NYC Department of City Planning)

    Organized by APA NY Metro Chapter, Economic Development Committee & Waterfront Committee


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: 2

  • APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Please join the APA NY Metro Chapter for the next Waterfront Committee meeting. All are welcome.

    Please reach out to committee co-chair Max Taffet with any questions [maxtaffet <at> gmail (dot) com}.

    Minutes from previous 12/2/2019 meeting:

    • Attendees: Bob Balder,  Nicolas Grefenstette, Scott Shostak, Gregory Roussine, Steve Whitehouse, Max Taffet
    • Michael Marrella from NYC Department of City Planning spoke about the 2030 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan that is due to be released 12/31/2020 (plan is due 13 months from today)
      • Highlights:
        • Discussed how DCP Waterfront and Open Space division and APA NY Metro Chapter might work together on out reach
        • This next comp plan will be the 3rd plan the first was in 1992
        • The first 1992 plan focused largely on land use
          • 1992 recommended waterfront zoning
          • Public access at the expense of the developer—that was a huge sea change in the way NYC zoned. First city in the US to establish waterfront access through zoning
        • Now 25 years later that has lead to approximately two dozen waterfront access sites – it has proven to be important, not a replacement for parks but additive to public access to the waterfront
        • But there are limitations since it is related to zoning
          • For instance because its power comes from zoning the City cant you require that people provide boat access of elevation
        • By mid 2000s as the real estate market in NYC started to gain hyper speed – amidst other rezoning there was concern among advocates that we were losing out maritime waterfront
        • That lead to the passing of city council legislation to require an update of the waterfront comp plan by end of 2010
          • 2010 release looked at the blue network and resiliency
          • Another element was governance and regulation –
            • In reaction to waterfront permitting projects that were supposed to take 6 months actually took 8 to 9 years
          • Action Agenda of 125 projects accompanied the last waterfront comp plan
        • Comp plan is not law —  it is a document of the administration—similar to PlaNYC or OneNYC
        • “The power of the plan is the power of good ideas”
        • There is an opportunity to focus on the planning issues and topics—this would be a helpful space for APA to contribute
        • Late summer early fall APA will have the opportunity to provide comment on the draft document. 
        • Waterfront is still hidden to many New Yorkers so there is a benefit to continuing to offer tours
        • Timing Milestones
          • Scoping is underway now via the thematic listening sessions. Scoping will continue through early spring and will include workshops in boroughs
            • Opportunity for planners workshop in the spring? Or for each APA Committee to take on a pertinent part of the plan that relates to their committees
          • Late summer draft recommendations expect
    • Possible 2020 CM Credit Events (other than Comp Plan events)
      • Land Use Law
      • Mortgages and Insurance – the new Red Line, the Blue Line
      • Waterfront Zoning/Building Code
      • Waterfront M Zones in the Future—OSW, Freight, and what else
    • Anyone with suggested panelists please feel free to make suggestions


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits:

  • 5/25 APA Waterfront Committee Stapleton/Tompkinsville Walking Tour

    WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Join the NYC Department of City Planning, NYC Economic Development Corporation, and the APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee on a free waterfront walking tour of the Staten Island North Shore, going south from the ferry towards Alice Austen House. We will highlight and discuss maritime industry, new development, and various forms of public space, and how all of these help to shape a unique and vibrant coastal community.

    (APA CM Credits Pending)

    RSVP at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525-apa-waterfront-committee-stapletontompkinsville-walking-tour-tickets-60629796353 


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: Pending

  • 2019 Waterfront Conference:  Rising Seas Rising Risks Adapting for Our Region

    WHEN: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

    The APA NY Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee is collaborating this year with the Waterfront Alliance on their May 7th annual conference aboard the Hornblower Infinity at Pier 40. This year’s conference sessions will be eligible for APA CM credits (though total is still pending).

    Register for the conference here:

    Check the April 24 APA NY Metro Chapter email for a special conference discount code for APA members– supplies limited!


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: Pending

  • APA-NYM Waterfront Committee

    WHEN: Monday, May 6, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Join the APA Waterfront Committee for the committee’s monthly meeting– all are welcome.

    Agenda item:

    • Outside Presentation from Waterfront Alliance on Maritime Activation Plan for Governor’s Island
    • CM/Event Agenda for the year: Waterfront M-Zones; Defining Equitable Waterfront
    • Prep for NYC DCP 520 Miles of Waterfront walking tour the committee is leading on 5/25/2019 — RSVP here

    Committee members have the option of bringing food and drink to share!


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits:

  • Waterfront Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Monday, April 1, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Please join us for the monthly APA NY-Metro Chapter Waterfront Committee meeting. All are welcome:


    Outside Presentation from Lisa Bloodgood from the Newtown Creek Alliance

    -CM/Event Agenda for the year: Waterfront M-Zones; Defining Equitable Waterfront; 5/20’ish walk

    *Contribute or enjoy communal food and drink


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits:

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

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

    RSVP here

    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

    RSVP here


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: TBD

  • 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.


    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits:

  • 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).


    Event Type: Other
    CM Credits:

  • 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.


    Event Type: Other
    CM Credits: