EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Open House New York Weekend 2015
CIVITAS is participating in Open House New York Weekend 2015! The tour will explore three nodes for improvement, characterized by the CIVITAS and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects team as medium and long-term opportunities. These nodes include boat storage and a beautified gateway entrance to the Esplanade at 96th Street, a temporary reopening and long term re-visioning of Pier 107 and a living shoreline in East Harlem. CIVITAS is currently working with the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School and New York Harbor Foundation to conduct a marine life experiment with the hope that it will provide the data necessary to permit construction of a living shoreline. Visitors will hear different ideas about possibilities for improved outdoor public space in the area, designed with sustainability and resiliency in mind. We will start the walking tour at 96th Street, our “boat access” node, proceed up to the historic 107th Street Pier, and end the tour parallel with Thomas Jefferson Park, between 111th to 114th Streets.

Tour Dates: October 17, 2015
Tour Time: 10:00-11:30am

Please register in early October by visiting ohny.org

PAST EVENTS

The Great Saunter

CIVITAS congratulates Shorewalkers on 30 years of hosting the Great Saunter. The Great Saunter brings together over 1200 hikers for a 32-mile journey along Manhattan’s waterfront. On May 2nd, CIVITAS will be located at 120th Street and the East River Esplanade handing out refreshments to Great Saunter participants. Stop by, say hello and learn more about the CIVITAS Esplanade initiative!

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: The walk begins at 7am, CIVITAS will be on the Esplanade from 2:30-4:30pm.
Location: The walk begins at Fraunces Tavern, CIVITAS will be located at 120th Street and the East River Esplanade

For more information, please click here.

Jane’s Walk

CIVITAS Reimagines the Waterfront from 96th to 114th Street on Manhattan’s East Side

Join CIVITAS as we lead a Jane’s Walk along the East River Esplanade. Emma Bologna, Executive Director, and Maura Smotrich, Esplanade Project Manager, will lead a tour exploring 3 nodes identified in the newly released CIVITAS Vision Plan for the East River Esplanade prepared in conjunction with Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. The tour will meet at 96th Street and begin the walk by discussing the proposed new gateway to the Esplanade at that location. Boat storage and access are integral parts of this concept. The tour will proceed up the Esplanade to Pier 107, where the group will consider both the Pier’s temporary re-opening and long term reconstruction. Discussion of the proposed living shoreline in East Harlem and the CIVITAS collaboration with the Harbor School and Harbor Foundation with regard to this node are also on the agenda.

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 11am
Starting Location: 96th Street and the Esplanade

This event is free and all are welcome to join.
For more information, please click here.

Open House New York
CIVITAS is participating in this year’s Open House New York Weekend! CIVITAS and the Mathews Nielsen team will take participants along a portion of the East River Esplanade reimagined in the current CIVITAS community based planning initiative. The tour will share aspects of our process of exploration and encompass 3 prospective nodes for improvement, characterized by CIVITAS and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects as medium and long-term opportunities. We will start at 96th Street, our “boat access” node, proceed up to the historic 107th Street Pier, and end the tour parallel with Thomas Jefferson Park, between 111th to 114th Streets.

Tour Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014
Tour Time: 10:00-11:30am

Please register in early October by visiting ohny.org


Art, Design and the Urban Environment Discussion Series
Join CIVITAS and the National Academy for a discussion series titled Art, Design, and the Urban Environment.
Admission is FREE
For tickets, call 212-369-4880 x201 or visit www.nationalacademy.org
All discussions in the series will take place at the National Academy: 1083 Fifth Avenue at East 89th Street New York, NY 10128
Reception to follow
CIVITAS NA

Historic Preservation and the Park Avenue Historic District
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30-8:00pm

Landscape Futures and the East River Esplanade
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:30-8:00pm

Freshkills Park: A Model For New York Recycling & Environmental Justice
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
6:30-8:00pm


Please join us for the opening reception of Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade, the Spring 2014 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. The exhibit is organized in conjunction with the panel discussion All Parks Considered: Funding & Sustaining NYC Parks.

Thanks for joining us at the opening reception on April 8!

The exhibition is located at NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue | Gallery Space at Wagner

Click here for more info

An Exploration of the Past and Present State of the East River Waterfront

Join CIVITAS for an in-depth, illustrated discussion of the East River waterfront with John Kriskiewicz, architectural historian, and Signe Nielsen, principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. The lecture will explore the history of our waterfront and the current state of the East River Esplanade in the historic library of the former Fabbri Mansion, now House of the Redeemer.

Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 pm

House of the Redeemer

7 East 95th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues)

A reception and refreshments will follow the lecture.

Suggested donation: $10

Registration is requested.

RSVP to House of the Redeemer at (212) 289-0399 or email info@houseoftheredeemer.org.

A NYC landmark, House of the Redeemer was designed by acclaimed architect Grosvenor Atterbury and constructed for the Fabbri family between 1914-1916. Read more about House of the Redeemer historic landmark.

Educational Workshops, Tuesday Evenings:


Join CIVITAS for a opening reception celebrating the new Reimagining the Waterfront exhibition location at a local Upper East Side beer store and tasting room, City Swiggers. We are celebrating with a round of City Swigger’s wide variety of craft beer. Reimagining the Waterfront is a CIVITAS-sponsored initiative to improve the East River Esplanade between East 63rd and 125th Streets.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

City Swiggers

320 East 86th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

5:30 pm

The first beer is on us!

Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade was organized by the Museum of the City of New York. It was curated by Andrea Renner, the Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and was on view at the Museum from June 6 through October 28, 2012. The exhibition was on view at City Swiggers from December 2013 – March 2014, and featured the eight winning proposals from the 2012 design-ideas competition, as well as historic images of the East River Esplanade and photographs of the site today.

For more information on the project, call CIVITAS at (212) 996-0745.

ART, DESIGN, AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT DISCUSSION SERIES

CIVITAS and the National Academy present a discussion series titled Art, Design, and the Urban Environment.

Admission is FREE for CIVITAS members. Find out how to join.

Water and the East River Esplanade

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:30 – 8 pm

Moderated by Gregg Pasquarelli, Principal and Founding Partner, SHoP Architects Panelists: -Cecilia Alemani – Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director, High Line Art -Al Appleton – Former Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection and former Director, NYC Water and Sewer System -Michael Marrella – Director, Waterfront and Open Space, NYC Department of City Planning

The first panel examined the revitalization of waterfront spaces within the context of the East River Esplanade from 63rd to 125th Streets. Through community visioning events and an international design competition CIVITAS has been advocating for a better waterfront park along the East River that will serve the recreational and environmental needs of the East Side community. This discussion of the Esplanade is an opportunity to explore both the history of the waterfront along the Upper East Side and East Harlem, as well as the potential in urban waterfronts to add value to our neighborhoods.

Read about the October 2 panel discussion “Water and the East River Waterfront”:

“Designing a new water’s edge for the Upper East Side and Harlem”- City Atlas, 10/17/13

http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/lifestyle/reimagining-waterfront-dialogue-comprehensive-plan-east-river-esplanade/

REIMAGINING THE WATERFRONT EXHIBITION AT THE LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
RTWbookletcoverThe exhibition Reimagining the Waterfront exhibition is open through November, 2013 and features the eight winning proposals from the 2012 design-ideas competition, as well as historic images of the East River Esplanade and photographs of the site today.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

331 East 70th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

New York, NY 10021

Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade was organized by the Museum of the City of New York. It was curated by Andrea Renner, the Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and was on view at the Museum from June 6 through October 28, 2012.

JOSEPH WOOD’S FIRST PLACE DESIGN ON VIEW AT LUBIN HOUSE

Syracuse University Lubin House presents an exhibition featuring School of Architecture graduate student Joe Wood’s first-prize design for the 2011 CIVITAS design competition, Reimagining the Waterfront. Joe’s re-design proposal was selected from more than 90 submissions from architects, landscape architects and city planners who submitted visionary design proposals lor the East Rlver Esplanade.

Read more in Syracuse News “A Bold Vision for a New York City Waterfront”

Joe’s award winning design will be on view through February 28, 2012.

Syracuse University Lubin House

11 East 61st Street, New York

VISIONING WORKSHOP OF THE EAST RIVER ESPLANADE

CIVITAS hosted a Visioning Workshop for the East River Esplanade (60th – 125th St.) on Saturday, September 29.

Speakers included: NYS Senator Liz Krueger, NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin, NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, Nick Molinari, Director of Planning, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Jonathan Martin, BFJ Planning

Community members shared their visions for a reimagined Esplanade with each other in breakout groups led by BFJ Planning, land use consultants, and many volunteer designers. The theme of the discussion was how the Esplanade is used and what participants would like to improve. Participants chose which area of the Esplanade they wanted to focus on and were able to draw ideas on large maps of the Esplanade. Each group shared their ideas for a reimagined East River waterfront with all other participants. Stay tuned for next steps.

If you were unable to join us, share your visions, ideas or general comments online by clicking here.

To make a donation to this project, please click here.

JURY PANEL DISCUSSION – JUNE 2012

Museum of the City of New York

The Winning Design from Civitas Citizen on Vimeo.

On June 26, 2012 members of the Reimagining the Waterfront ideas competition jury convened for a panel discussion at the Museum of the City of New York.

Lawyer and Upper East Sider Albert Butzel, veteran of the battle over Westway, Warren James, Principal at Warren A. James Architects + Planners, Signe Nielsen, Principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Rob Rogers, Partner at Rogers Marvel Architects, and Adam Yarinsky, Principal at Architecture Research Office (ARO) discussed their favorite competition submissions and strategies for improving the East River Esplanade park. Crain’s New York Business Assistant Managing Editor Erik Engquist moderated the discussion.

Click here to view more video clips from the June 26 jury panel discussion.