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November 2013

 

Our Climate, Our City, Our Future

Hurricane Sandy One Year later  : The Rockaways

TIME: Wednesday, November 20th 6PM- 7:30PM, Reception to follow
LOCATION: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens

Community Conversations on Environmental Justice & Rebuilding

Presented by the CENTER FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION in collaboration with PRATT Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development as part of the Marfa Dialogues/ New York 

Speakers:

EDDIE BAUTISTA Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA)

JEANNE DUPONT Executive Director, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

RON SHIFFMAN Professor, PRATT Institute School of Architecture Graduate Center for Planning & the Environment

MITCHELL SILVER, CIPA Chief, Planning & Economic Development Department of City Planning, Raleigh, North Carolina

TOM FINKELPEARL Executive Director, Queens Museum

MAYA WILEY President & Founder Center for Social Inclusion

FREE and open to the public

For more information contact CSI a t 212 .248.2785 ext. 3286 Email: info@thecsi.org

This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


 

Rockaway Walking Tour

TIME: Sunday, November 17th, 2013,  10 AM - 1PM
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59 at Beach 59th St. & Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway, New York.

The Rockspot Walking Tour is an interactive tour that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

Join us for a walking tour to Arverne East and Edgemere Landfill to explore the natural vegetation and edible plants growing along the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula.

Adults and families are welcome to join this tour. Registration is suggested.

Special thanks to National Park Service for sponsoring this event.



 

Join the FIRST WAVE team event!

Be a part of the Race-to-Connect
and Win a FREE iPad* mini!

When: Saturday, November 9, 2013 
              10 AM - 4PM

Where: Firehouse 59
              Beach 59th St. & Rockaway Beach Blvd. 
              Rockaway, New York

Join us for a day of community building to bring people together towards one cause: To be better prepared for future emergencies and natural disasters using 21st century technology.

We encourage people of all ages from 15+ to take part. This is a great opportunity to have family, friends and local groups to participate together to connect people with emergency preparedness.

On the morning of the event, everyone will be assigned to a First Wave team that will compete for prizes and giveaway gifts. The teams will receive their brief at 10AM, then have the afternoon to complete their assignment. We will have light breakfast and lunch for all participants.

This event is rain or shine, so please come prepared for all types of weather.

To register for this event, email your name and number of people attending to: info@rwalliance.org 

* First Wave team members must register and participate in the day's event to be eligible for the raffle to win one iPad mini.

The First Wave Race to Connect Campaign is part of the FEMA Innovation Challenge sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation


October 2013

 

Storm Sandy Anniversary- Rockaway Dune Restoration

TIME: Sunday October 27th 10 AM - 2 PM
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 - Beach 59th Street & Rockaway Beach Blvd

For the one year anniversary of Storm Sandy, RWA is bringing people together to create a nature protective buffer for the Rockaway community.

 As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in this dune restoration planting & biomimicry project. Students can receive community service hours. No registration is required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to Capital One Bank for sponsoring this event.


 

Storm Sandy Anniversary Neighborhood Beautification Project

TIME: Sunday, October 6th, 10:00 Am-1:00 PM
LOCATION: Rockaway Hip Hop Garden
5903 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us for our Storm Sandy Anniversary Fall neighborhood beautification project to plant along the entire stretch of Beach 59th St. People of all ages can join us for this planting event. Students can receive community service hours for their efforts and should bring any paperwork from their schools for signatures. 

Registration is not required for this event. 

Special thanks to Home Depot for partnering with us on this event.


September 2013

 

Biking & Walking Community Workshop

TIME: Thursday, September 26th, 6PM
LOCATION: Scholars Academy, 320 Beach 104th St, Rockaway, NY 11694

Join us for a biking and walking community workshop to initiate priorities from the "Greater Rockaway" Vision and spearhead safe pathways for locals to travel in the Rockaways. 

This is a critical time as government agencies seek out projects to be funded in the coming year. Bring your ideas an concepts related to biking and walkways to this meeting.

This event is sponsored by National Park Service & NY Community Trust.

To register for this event email us at: info@rwalliance.org


 

Rockspot Bike/Paddle Tour

TIME: Saturday, September 21, 2013,  9:15AM Departure
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Firehouse 59 at Beach 59th St. & Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway, New York.

The Rockspot Bike Tour is an interactive tour that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

Join us for a bike ride from Firehouse 59 to Riis Landing, where we will join the National Park Ranger John Daskalakis for a paddle along Jamaica Bay. 

We have a select number of bikes that can be loaned for this tour. Bikes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advanced registration required. Special thanks to National Park Service for sponsoring this event.


Daffodil Bulb Giveaway

TIME: Saturday, September 21st, 9Am-noon
LOCATION: Firehouse 59 Garden- 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

New Yorkers for Parks is offering free daffofil bulbs for any groups or individuals interested in hosting projects at their schools, businesses or neighborhood blocks. RWA is hosting the Queens distribution event at our site. To pick up bulbs please let us know how many bulbs you need and details about your project, so we can prepare a bag of bulbs for pick up. Email us at: info@rwalliance.org


 

Biking & Walking Community Workshop

TIME: Tuesday, September 17th, 6PM
LOCATION: Goldie Maple Academy 365 Beach 56th St, Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us for a biking and walking community workshop to initiate priorities from the "Greater Rockaway" Vision and spearhead safe pathways for locals to travel in the Rockaways. 

This is a critical time as government agencies seek out projects to be funded in the coming year. Bring your ideas an concepts related to biking and walkways to this meeting.

This event is sponsored by National Park Service & NY Community Trust.

To register for this event email us at: info@rwalliance.org



 


 

Sea Song: Sandy Sculpture Public Build Session

TIME: Saturday, September 14th, 12:00-6:00pm
LOCATION: Church of the Prophecy,  23-04 Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway

Come participate in the first public building session to construct a collaborative memorial sculpture with salvaged materials from storm Sandy.  The building session will take place in the side lot of the Church of the Prophecy, which has been an important site of relief, organizing, and rebuilding since Sandy. People of all skill sets are welcome, the goal is to get many people involved in various capacities and areas of expertise. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Learn more about the Sea Song project here: http://sandysculpture.weebly.com/


August 2013

 

Jamaica Bay Paddle

TIME: Saturday, August 31, 10AM-1pm
LOCATION: Marina 59- Beach Channel Drive @ Beach 59th St

Join RWA and Sadhana in a clean up and paddle along Jamaica Bay in honor of the Hindu holiday called "Krishna Janamashtmi" (birthday of Krishna) when Hindus gather across the world to celebrate Janamashtmi in their local temples or make offerings in their homes.
But for this event,  Sadhana and RWA have partnered together to involve local youth in cleaning the bay and bring them out for a paddle to bond with others and gain more of an appreciation of the natural environment.
Space is limited for this event. Adults and families with children ages 10 and up are welcome to participate in this paddle. Registration is based on first come first serve.

LOSE, LOSS, LOST Walking Tour

LOSE, LOSS, LOST Walking Tour 

TIME: Tuesday, August 27th, 7:00- 8:30PM
DEPARTURE LOCATION:  95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Walking Tour: LOSE, LOSS, LOST / Eve Mosher
Hurricane Sandy devastated many areas on the eastern seaboard. The Rockaway Peninsula (The Rockaways), was hit hard, resulting in over one hundred destroyed (and thousands of damaged) homes. On this walk, participants will explore the peninsula in the aftermath of the storm through experiencing, sharing and invoking personal loss. What is our tolerance for loss and what are you willing to lose?

This walking tour is hosted by Elastic City, a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization that commissions emerging and established artists to create participatory walks throughout New York and around the world. These walks tend to focus on heightening our awareness, exploring our senses and making new group rituals in dialogue with public space. 


LOSE, LOSS, LOST Walking Tour

TIME: Saturday, August 24th, 4:00 PM - 5:30PM
DEPARTURE LOCATION:  95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Walking Tour: LOSE, LOSS, LOST / Eve Mosher
Hurricane Sandy devastated many areas on the eastern seaboard. The Rockaway Peninsula (The Rockaways), was hit hard, resulting in over one hundred destroyed (and thousands of damaged) homes. On this walk, participants will explore the peninsula in the aftermath of the storm through experiencing, sharing and invoking personal loss. What is our tolerance for loss and what are you willing to lose?

This walking tour is hosted by Elastic City, a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization that commissions emerging and established artists to create participatory walks throughout New York and around the world. These walks tend to focus on heightening our awareness, exploring our senses and making new group rituals in dialogue with public space. 

July 2013

Composting Workshop with Queens Botanical Gardenns

TIME: Wednesday, July 31st     5:30-7PM
LOCATION: Rockaway Hip Hop Garden/ 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY

Leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds can all become garden gold through composting. Join us at the Rockaway Hip-Hop Community Garden to learn the essentials of outdoor composting in city yards. Registration required

NYC Compost Project in Queens is hosted at the Queens Botanical Garden. Funded and managed by NYC Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse & Recycling. 

Ready to start composting? Low-cost outdoor compost bins may be available at workshops (please contact us for availability). Want to register for a workshop? Email us at: compost@queensbotanical.org or call 718-539-5296. 

The NYC Compost Project provides compost education and outreach through host sites in all five boroughs. Educational programs include: compost-related workshops and classes, on-site composting demonstrations, compost helpline, and composting technical assistance. 

Get all the dirt on composting at nyc.gov/wasteless/compost 



May 2013

 

"Rockaway Stories" Film Screening

TIME: Sunday, May 5, 2013   3:30 PM - Screening, 4:00 PM - Reception
LOCATION: MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2, Beach 94th Street & Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway Beach, New York.

Join us for the premiere screening of "Rockaway Stories", a short documentary film about the lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy through the eyes of students from RWA's Shore Corps program, a leadership intern program for Rockaway high school students.

Through personal stories and those of friends and familes, the film shines a light on the impact of the devastation on these students lives and discusses what the future holds. All are welcome to join us for the screening and to meet these talented young writers and filmmakers.


April 2013

Lecture "Community and Coastal Resiliency"

TIME: Sunday, May 5, 2013  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2 at Beach 94th St. & Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway Beach, New York

A conversation with author/researcher Andrew Zolli, Landscape Architect Jennifer Bolstad,  Urban Designer Walter Meyer and Jaime Jordan, Jessica Klein and Katie Honan of Rockaway Help.

Andrew Zolli is a futures researcher who studies the complex forces at the intersection of technology, sustainability and global society that are shaping our future. He is the Curator and Executive Director of PopTech, has served as a Fellow of the National Geographic Society, and his work and ideas regularly appear in dozens of leading publications and media outlets. Andrew's influential book "Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back" was published in 2012 by Free Press.

Jennifer Bolstad and Walter Meyer are co-founders of Local Office Landscape Architecture (LOLA). Their work operates at the intersection of infrastructure, urbanism, and territory. They have been educators, lecturers, and visiting critics at Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, Parsons New School, Pratt Institute, among others. The firm's built work includes the Parque del Litoral, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, it won the 2010 AIA PR Honor award for being the first implementation of phytoremediation technology at the scale of an entire city. The two mile park is endorsed by the Caribbean Tsunami Center for buffering the city from sea surges, while protecting the Caribbean Sea corals from city water pollution.

Jaime Jordan, Jessica Klein and Katie Honan are co-founders of Rockaway Help (known as Rockaway Emergency Plan on Facebook), a community-based, hyper-local journalism project that maintains a community of more than 11,000.  They were born and raised in Rockaway Beach, New York. They are experts in community engagement and utilize social media and web presence to centralize transparent information about rebuilding.

Our panelists will explore how the social, political, and technological dynamics of resilient communities influence physical resiliency of coastal infrastructure, ecology, and urbanism. With the audience as a think-tank, the session will be a discourse on post-storm adaptation for unique and diverse coastal urban communities such as the Rockaways to thrive after the next disturbance.

This event is free and open to the public.


 

The Jamaica Bay Greenway! Your Connection to Parks

TIME: Sunday, April 28th, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2 at Beach 94th St. & Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway, New York.

Come and learn about the Jamaica Bay Greenway, the bike and walking route that can take you all around Jamaica Bay, from the Rockaways to Gateway National Recreation Area, city parks, and the greater New York City bike network. This presentation will be led by representatives from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and Regional Plan Association.

This event is free and open to the public.


 

Agnes Denes - Artist Talk

TIME: Sunday, April 28, 2013  3:30 PM - 5 PM
LOCATION: MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2, Beach 94th St. & Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance hosts a presentation and lecture by internationally recognized artist, Agnes Denes.

A pioneer of environmental art,  Denes emerged as a leading conceptual artist of the 1960's and 1970's and became known for her distinctive, large-scale, site-specific work covering socio-political and ecological concerns.

"Wheatfield - A Confrontation" (1982) is one of Denes' most recognized works. Over a four month period in 1982, she planted and harvested a field of golden wheat on two acres of landfill by the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Denes also plants forests in Europe and Australia and her work is motivated not only by ecological concerns, but the welfare of humanity.

An artists' artist and a visionary, Denes was recently featured in the book "Eco-Amazons: 20 Women Who Are Transforming the World". Works by Agnes Denes are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and many other major institutions worldwide. She is one of the featured artists in MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York exhibition which opens on May 12, 2013. EXPO 1: New York explores ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century.

In light of the devastation caused by Storm Sandy, Agnes Denes will present her work to the Rockaway community and invite discussion about future projects.


Terreform One Workshop at MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2

TIME: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1 PM - 3 PM
LOCATION: VW Dome 2 at Beach 94th Street & Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway, New York.

"Productive Cities: Socio-Ecological Exploration of the Next Metropolis"


Panelists: Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova, Co-Presidents of Terreform ONE and

Walter Meyer, Co-Founder of Local Office Landscape Architecture

Please join us for a special panel discussion about the future sustainability of cities with three leading innovators in the fields of ecological design, coastal landscape architecture and urban design. Amongst his many credentials, Dr. Joachim is a senior Ted Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with  the Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chose by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To" and earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University and M.Arch. Columbia University. Maria Aiolova is an award-winning educator, architect and urban designer who received the 2013 AIA NY Award for Urban Design and received her M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University. Walter Meyer is an award winning urban designer who won the 2010 AIA Honor Award for the Parque del Litoral in Puerto Rico and the 2008 NY-ASLA Merit Award for "Garden between City and Sea". He received his MLAUD from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a non-profit design group that promotes green design in cities. Through their creative projects and outreach efforts, they aim to illuminate the environmental possibilities of New York City and inspire solutions in areas like it around the world. http://www.terreform.org/

Terreform ONE is a unique laboratory for scientists, artists, architects, students, and individuals of all backgrounds to explore and advance the larger framework of green design.  The group develops innovative solutions and technologies for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, and water. These solutions are derived from the interface of design, science, engineering, and synthetic biology. http://www.terreform.com/


 

Beehive Painting at MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2

TIME: Sunday, April 7, 2013,  10 AM - 6 PM
LOCATION: MOMA PS1's VW Dome 2 @ Beach 94th St./Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway, New York.

Join us for this exciting event to build and "graffiti" beehives with Chase Emmons of the Brooklyn Grange Farm. Prepare for a fun and messy afternoon outside, building more than 100 beehives, while learning more about beekeeping and painting hives from apiary experts. This activity is free, but will be limited to 30 local Rockaway middle and high school students. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance registration is required.


March 2013

 

Surfrider Foundation Workshop at MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2

TIME: Sunday, March 24, 2013, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2 at Beach 94th St. / Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway, NY

Surfrider Foundation: Mobilizing Grassroots Activists In Coastal Conservation

Panelists: 

Dr. Chad Nelsen, Environmental Director of Surfrider Foundation           

Meg Caldwell, Executive Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions/Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Policy Program at Stanford University's Law School.

Please join us this Sunday for a special presentation and conversation with Dr. Chad Nelsen, Environmental Director of the Surfrider Foundation and Meg Caldwell, Executive Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions.  Dr. Nelsen will provide an overview of Surfrider Foundation and its recent successes. Meg Caldwell is an expert on climate change and coastal adaptation from a legal perspective.

They will invite discussion about the challenges coastal communities face with rising sea levels and climate change, including the changes these communities are willing to make to strengthen coastal resiliency.

The Surfrider Foundation has an all volunteer activist network that includes 84 chapters around the US and 250,000 supporters, activists and members, including five chapters in the New York-New Jersey area that address issues such as beach access, coastal preservation, surf and ocean protection.

This is the first lecture in RWA'S Sunday Action Agenda series to be held at MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2 through May 12, 2013. Please check back for updates on future guest speakers.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP is suggested as space is limited.


 

"Washed Ashore" Free Art Workshop at VW Dome 2

TIME: Wednesday, March 27, 2013  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2 at Beach 94th St. / Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway, NY

Back by popular demand, "Washed Ashore" is a free, public art workshop for all local kids and their families. Come join us on your spring break! Led by RWA educator, Keneisha Turner, kids will have the opportunity to create and take home collage murals using shoreline debris collected from the Rockaway waterfront and raise awareness of the issues we face with coastal pollution. 

Large-scale murals that were created during last summer's "Washed Ashore" workshop, are now on display at the Queens Museum of Art until March 31, 2013.

No advance registration required, feel free to drop in during workshop hours. All materials provided.


 

Washed Ashore Art Exhibition

TIME: Sunday, March 10th, 3-6PM

LOCATION: Queens Museum of Art

We encourage families, students and the general public to join us for the opening of this exciting show at the Queens Museum of Art.

The large scale murals in this exhibit were created by local youth in the RWA Aqua 101 summer program using trash and recycled debris collected off the shores of the Rockaway Peninsula in partnership with local artists from the Rockaway Beach Surf Club to raise awareness of the problem of shoreline pollution and celebrate the people who are working together to make a difference.

The opening will also include live music and hands on activities for kids and families.

Rsvp is suggested.


 

Arverne East Community Planning Charette

TIME: Thursday, March 7th, 5;00 - 7:00pm


LOCATION:
 Ocean Village Community Room , 57-07 Shore Front Parkway (entrance is on Rockaway Bch Blvd, between Bch 59th St & 56th Place) Rockaway, NY 11692


Please join us for a planning workshop to discuss potential development and preservation options for the vacant land at Arverne East. The workshop will be led in conjunction with New York University (NYU) urban planning graduate students and will focus on the areas between Beach 32nd and Beach 54th, south of Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

This is an opportunity to foster dialogue between Rockaway residents and stakeholders and will work in interactive focus groups to brainstorm ideas, share knowledge and develop recommendations. 
Your participation is key to shaping appropriate and actionable recommendations, particularly in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and New York University students will formulate these recommendations in a public report.

Light food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP as space is limited.
Special thanks to our sponsors New York Community Trust and Capital One Bank for supporting the RWA RE: Rockaway community planning series.

 

Environmental Resiliency Workshop

TIME: Sunday, March 3rd, 1:00-3:00pm
LOCATION: Ocean Village Community Room , 57-07 Shore Front Parkway (entrance is on Rockaway Bch Blvd, between Bch 59th St & 56th Place) Rockaway, NY 11692

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS FOR THE ROCKAWAYS

Please join us for our fourth community workshop on environmental resiliency, where we will explore hurricane preparedness and steps community members, businesses and government agencies can take to prepare for future emergencies.  

This educational series is intended to provide the Rockaway community with useful information on how to plan and prepare for future storms and offer a collaborative forum in which to connect and discuss how our community can work together to put plans in action. 

Panelists:
Dr. Ed Williams, Executive Director, READY Rockaway
Keneisha Turner, Program Educator, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

This event is free and open to the public

Special thanks to Capital One and New York Community Trust for sponsoring the RWA Environmental Resiliency Series.


February 2013

 

Environmental Resiliency Workshop

TIME: Sunday, February 17th, 1:00-3:00pm
LOCATION: Ocean Village Community Room , 57-07 Shore Front Parkway

RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE ROCKAWAYS

Our third community workshop on environmental resiliency, where we explored the latest options in solar thermal and photovoltaic technology as we rebuild our homes and community and prepare for future emergencies.  

Battery back-up systems, financing and incentives will be discussed, along with an information from CEC about NYSERDA's EmPower program which provides low-income home-owners with insulation, boilers, windows and other items that were damaged by Sandy. 
Panelists:

David Gibbs (Renewable Energy Engineer and Instructor, Power Rockaways Resiliency, Solar One, Pace University)

Olga Souto (Director of Low-Income Program Services, Community Environmental Center)

Special thanks to Capital One and New York Community Trust for sponsoring the RWA Environmental Resiliency Series.


 

Environmental Resiliency Workshop

TIME: Sunday, February 3rd, 1:00-3:00pm
LOCATION: Ocean Village Community Room

Our presentation on "Protecting Our Homes; Lessons from New Orleans in Affordable Housing" was led by Nick Master, Ocean Bay Community Development Corp (OBCDC) and Leigh Graham, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Urban Policy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The event was well attended and fostered a dialogue about environmental resiliency within the Rockaway community and beyond. 

Special thanks to our sponsors New York Community Trust and Capital One Bank.


January 2013

 

Environmental Resiliency Workshop

TIME: Sunday January 20th, 1-3pm
LOCATION: 1-3PM Ocean Village Community Room

Action Agenda: Series 1
"Urban Ecology in the Face of Natural Disasters

Thanks to all who attended the RWA Resiliency Workshop focused on Urban Ecology in the Face of Natural Disasters this past Sunday, January 20th in Far Rockaway. 

Led by an impressive panel of experts, this free workshop provided the Rockaway community with useful information on how to rebuild and protect our peninsula from future storms and also offered a public forum in which to connect and discuss how our community can work together to put plans in action. 

Special thanks to our guest speakers: Dr. Klaus Jacob of Columbia University's Earth Institute, Jennifer Boldstad and Walter Meyer of Local Office Landscape Architecture, Arjan Braamskamp of the Consulate General of the Netherlands and Ron Shiffman from the Pratt Center for Community Development.

We hope to continue to foster a dialogue about environmental resiliency within the Rockaway community and beyond. Join us for upcoming events and programs by signing up for our mailing list at www.rwalliance.org or joining us on Facebook. 


 

MAS Tour of the Rockaways

TIME: Sunday January 11th, 12 noon-4pm
LOCATION: Depart Firehouse 59/  5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd @ Beach 59th St

The January 11th tour of the Rockaway shoreline was well attended and a wonderful opportunity for learning.

Renowned scientist Klaus Jacob and landscape architect Walter Meyer came to share their knowledge of the conditions that pose risks for development in the Rockaways and other coastal communities.

The group traveled to various sites that highlighted the natural ecology of the Rockaways and learned more about those areas that were protected with natural vegetation and protective buffers.

It was an exciting day of learning and well worth the trip.


 

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