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  • Open Space Dialogues: Money Doesn't Grown on Trees

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:00 am



    Open Space Dialogues: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

    Parks provide multiple benefits in dense urban environments, from recreation to mental health to sustainability and resilience. But staying on top of daily wear and tear and addressing the structural deficiencies of aging infrastructure need to be funded. How should we pay to create and maintain our public realm? In this Open Space Dialogues panel, park practitioners and advocates from New York City and beyond will explore what options exist for ensuring parks in all five boroughs have a sustainable financial future.

    • What are innovative funding strategies applicable to NYC parks?
    • What lessons can we learn from cities with unusual parks funding streams?
    • How do you build an equitable approach into park funding in all neighborhoods?


    Eloise Hirsh, President, Freshkills Park Alliance

    Mychal Johnson, Co-Founding Member, South Bronx Unite

    Christopher Rizzo, Board Chair, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park


    Jeff Hébert, Partner, HR&A Advisors

    Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

    Julie Tighe, President, NYLCV and NYLCVEF


    Katie Honan, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Program starts at 6:30 pm.

    This event will be livestreamed by CityLand from the New York Law School’s Center for New York City Law. The livestream will play from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, and will then be uploaded as a video.

    2018-2019 Open Space Dialogues

    Open Space Dialogues: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees is the fourth panel of the 2018-2019 Open Space Dialogues. Expect an evening of provocative presentations and discussion created by New Yorkers for Parks and New York Law School. This event is generously hosted by The Center for New York City Law and The Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School.

    Contact with questions.


    Event Type: Lecture
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  • Open Space Dialogues: From Vacant to Vibrant

    WHEN: Monday, November 19, 2018 12:00 am




    Dan Barasch, Co-Founder and Executive Director, the Lowline

    Bill LoSasso, Director of GreenThumb, NYC Parks

    Michael Samuelian, President & CEO, The Trust for Governors Island


    Regina MyerPresident, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

    Marlene Pantin, President & Founder, Red Hook Conservancy


    Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor, City Limits


    Open Space Dialogues: From Vacant to Vibrant

    New York City is a metropolis that excels in reinvention, and that’s true for land as well. New Yorkers want – and deserve – local open spaces, and creative solutions exist to make vibrancy out of vacancy. This installment of the Open Space Dialogues explores the ways New Yorkers have, and want to, create nontraditional open spaces in unusual places, from a single lot or tunnel to entire neighborhoods and whole islands. Panelists will present and respond to examples from New York City’s past, present, and future of creative open space creation.

    • How have New Yorkers created nontraditional open spaces throughout history?
    • How do we pay for and maintain nontraditional open spaces?
    • What are future ideas for nontraditional open spaces in New York City?

    2018-2019 Open Space Dialogues

    Open Space Dialogues: From Vacant to Vibrant is the second panel of the 2018-2019 Open Space Dialogues. Expect an evening of provocative presentations and discussion created by New Yorkers for Parks and New York Law School. This event is generously hosted by The Center for New York City Law and The Center for Public Impact Law at New York Law School.


    Event Type: Lecture
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  • Brooklyn Greenway Initiative: Epic Ride bike event

    WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    When: Sat, July 21, 8 AM- 4 PM
    Where starting point: 1 Commercial St. Brooklyn, NY 11222
    Where finish line: 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park, NY 11694 

    Cost: $65
    Register HERE

    Epic Ride is a 25-40 mile long bike ride along Brooklyn’s waterfront from Greenpoint to Riis Park Beach. Participants will discover hidden and far-flung neighborhoods; pedal through the city, state, and national parks; and take in spectacular city views along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Riders will be fully supported by experienced marshals and mechanics along the route and there will be refreshments offered at various scenic rest stops. Complimentary bike valet will be available at the finish line.

    Afterward, riders and volunteers are invited to attend The Epic After Party at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar with live bands, food, and drinks. The proceeds raised from this event will go towards the establishment, development, and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. When complete this 14-mile landscaped route, for pedestrians and cyclists, will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge. Persons who wish to participate must register for the event on our website and a registration fee is required. More information is available HERE.


    Event Type: Trip
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  • Open Space Dialogues: From New Perspectives to Action

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:00 am

    Join us Tuesday, April 10, 2018, for Open Space Dialogues: From New Perspectives to Action, an evening of provocative presentations and discussion created by New Yorkers for Parks and WXY architecture + urban design. Following events focused on open space value, design, development, policy, and financing, we have a panel of leading parks practitioners, decision-makers, activists, and stakeholders. Our panelists will reflect on the interrelated themes of the series and turn their focus to open space and rezonings. By sharing recent work and expertise, or focusing on our case study, Southern Boulevard, they will answer questions regarding some of the most pressing issues facing our city’s open spaces:

    • How have neighborhood-scale rezonings treated open spaces?
    • What tools have stakeholders used to create and communicate open space priorities?
    • For future rezonings, what opportunities and challeges do city agencies and local stakeholders face in prioritizing parks and open spaces as critical infrastructure?
    • What research or tools can help bolster the role of parks and open spaces in these conversations?

    Adam Lubinsky of WXY architecture + urban design will moderate the evening’s discussions, with introductions by Lynn Kelly of New Yorkers for Parks


    Deborah Marton, Executive Director, New York Restoration Project

    Joe Mayock, Executive Director, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn

    Everette Hamlette, Bronx-Based Documentarian

    Lucy Robson, Director of Research & Planning, New Yorkers for Parks


    Mychal Johnson, Co-Founding Member, South Bronx Unite

    Tawkiyah Jordan, Senior Planner, NYC Department of City Planning


    This event is generously hosted by The Center for New York City Law at New York Law School and is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.


    Event Type: Discussion
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    WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    It’s a busy harbor – help make it a safer one!

    Saturday March 24th 10:00am – 2:00pm

    Pier 15 in Lower Manhattan, aboard the Hornblower Hybrid

    Gangway opens at 9:30am for breakfast and networking

    The Harbor Operations Education Subcommittee invites all members of the harbor maritime community to participate in a half-day assembly and discussion. A panel of six mariners will lead a dialogue about navigational challenges and safety concerns: w

    • Human-powered Boats ● Sailboats ● Recreational Powerboats
    • Commercial Ferries ● Tugs and Barges ● Deep-draft Ships

    Lunch, topical breakout groups, and networking will follow. Share your own experiences, ask questions and participate in workshop solutions to help make our waters safer for everyone! The vessel will remain docked during the program.

    Tickets are free but advance registration is required:

    Shared Harbor Day 2018 is organized by the Harbor Operations Education Sub-Committee with generous support from the Hornblower family of companies.

    About the Harbor Operations Education Subcommittee: As a part of the Harbor Safety, Navigation & Operations Committee, convened by the US Coast Guard and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey, the Education Subcommittee works with commercial and recreational boaters, marine operators, and waterfront facilities managers to enhance mutual understanding and improve safety on our shared waters.  For more information contact us at:


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Regional Conference for Sustainable Development

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Grace Farms Foundation and Live Green Connecticut invite you to be the guest at the first annual Regional Conference for Sustainable Development (RCSD). Thought leaders from around the world will discuss wide-ranging strategies for sustainable development, with regional case studies demonstrating how some of those strategies have been implemented locally.
    AICP CM credits will be offered.
    When: February 7, 2018, 9am – 4:30pm

    Where: Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan, CT

    Register HERE


    Event Type: Conference
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  • City Planner Book Club Meetup: November 2017 Hoboken

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

    Free event

    Our planning careers are pivoted on building communities, both physically and socially. But what about building literary communities?

    The premise of the CPBC is simple. Books are announced in advance so you can choose which books you want to read and which meetups you want to attend. In the weeks leading up to each meetup, CPBC members are encouraged to post thoughts and observations about the book in an online forum to give us conversation starters for when we all meet up. Meetups are held in various locations throughout New Jersey and New York. Members come to as many meetups each year as they want.

    Our current selection is City Rules by Emily Talen.

    David Moss, PP, AICP

    David Moss, PP, AICP, is a director of bus service design for the MTA. David previously worked for a planning consulting firm in New Jersey, working on comprehensive plans, redevelopment plans, urban design, and zoning. David previously worked for two local governments in the Washington DC suburbs in Virginia. David focused on land use, zoning, and the regional impacts of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) on the Northern Virginia suburbs. David was formerly a member of the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials, as a Certified Zoning Administrator. David is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a licensed Professional Planner in the state of New Jersey. David received his Master’s in planning from Auburn University.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Zoning and Transportation, Mutual Impacts

    WHEN: Monday, November 13, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Rockland Municipal Planning Federation and the Urban Land Institute – Westchester/Fairfield will be hosting an educational session on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 7-9 PM at Rockland Community College. This session, entitled “Zoning and Transportation, Mutual Impacts,” will be the sixth event presented as part of the “A Year of Transportation” program, a year-long series of presentations and workshops aimed at Rockland’s transportation needs. You do not need to have attended the other sessions to attend this current session.

    The Transportation/Real Estate Connection educational session will look at the following: How are changes in regional and local transportation impacting Rockland County’s development patterns? How can local communities respond to attract and guide new development? This panel, led by Moderator David Schiff of Kimley-Horn, will bring together experts from planning, land use, transportation engineering, and economic development, to discuss the relationship of changes in transportation – both nationally and in Rockland specifically – to the real estate development industry. Topics to be covered include:

    • Trends in parking demands for residential and non-residential uses
      Influence of transit availability in locating residential and non-residential uses
    • The role of transportation access, parking, etc. as marketing factors for residential and non-residential developments
    • New zoning approaches to account for new transportation realities
      Integrating pedestrian access, bicycles and car-sharing into new and existing developments
    • Using Transportation Demand Management (TDM) to accommodate trips to and from new and existing uses
    • How major changes in Rockland’s transportation system (TZ Bridge, BRT, etc.) will influence future growth patterns

    Please see the attached flyer for more details on the event. Attendance at this event will count 1.5 to 2 hours towards the required State training hours. Please also RSVP to Arlene Miller, (845) 364-3448 or to reserve your spot.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • What's On Tap? A Happy Hour Series Featuring Public Advocate Letitia James

    WHEN: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Please join us for the next installment of our happy hour series, “What’s On Tap?” with New York City’s Public Advocate, Letitia James, on September 20th.

    The Public Advocate will share her career path in public service, including her experiences as a City Council member, as an advocate for criminal justice reform, public education, and children and families, and as a public defender.

    The conversation will draw from questions submitted by attendees. Please RSVP and enter your questions by clicking below. Friends and colleagues are welcome – share the ABNY YP experience!

    Drinks and light food will be provided. Must be 21+ to attend. Please bring a valid photo ID.

    Click here to RSVP.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Imagine 2060: New York - The Working Waterfront

    WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00 am - 12:30 pm


    New York’s waterfront has long been a symbol of the American Dream and remains today a key contributor to the nation’s ports industry and economy. How will New York symbolize the American Dream in the future, and what role will its waterfront play in this vision? Imagine 2060: New York is bringing together city-makers and city-shapers from the U.S. and Asia to look towards and beyond the challenges of aging infrastructure, changes to global shipping patterns, and New York’s evolving economy.

    Join us for this exciting half-day conference that bringing together experts from the U.S. and Asia to explore the future of smart cities

    Members $30; Students/Seniors $35; Nonmembers $40

    Asia Society and AECOM, a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm have embarked on a three-year global partnership — Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Togetherconvening city-focused global conversations.


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