December 15, 2010

H&H oyster


I emailed Galin Brooks from Friends of Hudson River Park with a few short questions about the park and the organization. Much of what she said also dealt with the Hudson River Park Trust.

. Where does your revenue come from?
Our revenue comes primarily from individual donors but also from foundations and some local government funding. The Hudson River Park Trust’s revenue comes from the City and State.

. What are you and other organizations planning on doing with pier 40?
Pier 40 must be at least 50% open space according to the Hudson River Park Trust Act of 1998. As far as I am aware, there are no current plans for any new development. It is a designated commercial node within the park so at some point in the future it’s re-use is likely to be considered.

. Are there any laws that need to change for progress on pier 40?
I do not believe so. The major impediments to development seem to be local community support for proposals and the short-term lease that is being offered.

. Is anything going to happen at Gansevoort Peninsula? (13th Ave directly south of Chelsea Piers).
Yes, the Department of Sanitation is expected to vacate the site.

. Is all of your staff paid?
We have five full time staff people and two part-time interns who volunteer.

. Are you part of any committee?
I am not.

. What is the biggest future challenge concerning development?
Funding and current uses moving off of the sites that they currently occupy.

indian point!

December 15, 2010

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Storm Surge Barriers

December 15, 2010

Flood Map Infographic Gondolas Storm Surge Barriers

Rock lady

December 15, 2010

I thought this was so awesome…

A resident on the Upper West side has become know as “Rock Lady,” most people don’t even know her real name. Bridget Polk balanced her first rock last year and has been “addicted” to it ever since. She picks up rocks small and large from along the Hudson and balances them at their smallest point. She says she does it for the responses and reactions of her fellow New Yorkers. Sadly, she is moving (or already moved) this month. Her hopes are that the practice remains even after she is gone. It’s not magic, it’s gravity she says.

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$271,101,291 debt..

December 15, 2010

And I was starting to think that my debt was bad….

A formal demand for payment was sent November 24th by the Federal Transit Administration. The government is warning New Jersey that they must repay $271,101,291 for the project that Christie pulled the plug on in October. This is only half of the $600 million spent on the project, but New Jersey somehow believes that they don’t have to pay back all that money. Jim Weinstein announced early this month that New Jersey had not yet decided whether or not they would pay back $300 million. Christie refused comment (big surprise)! I am confused how a state can refuse to pay back the federal government under a contracted plan. And how exactly do New Jersey residents feel about this? Do they agree or are they pissed (this is their tax dollars at stake…)?


December 15, 2010

Thanks! Have a good break!


VISION 2020 presentation FINAL PROJECT the harbor and the hudson


VISION 2020 RESEARCH FINAL PROJECT the harbor and the hudson

Final Paper and Pictures

December 14, 2010

Its’s been a great class hope everyone has a terrific and restful break. GOOD LUCK WITH FINALS!

I hope to find myself in a nuclear reactor with all of you some day.

Hannah Kramm = Officially done.

The Changing Face of Red Hook

The New York Passenger Terminal is also known as the New York Cruise Terminal or Luxury Liner Row. The terminal consists of North River Piers 88, 90, 92 and 94 on the Hudson between West 46th and 54th streets. The terminal had 900,000 passengers in 2003 and projects to get 1.5 million passengers by 2017. It is the fourth busiest cruise terminal in the United States. The industry provides more than 3,000 jobs and $600 million in revenue for the city and ships depart year-round. The port is the lead in trans-atlantic cruises to Europe, despite what John Atkins told me (he lied). Itineraries also include Bermuda and the Caribbean. Cruise lines that depart from the terminal include Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line,  Holland America Line, Crystal Cruises, Seven Seas Cruises, and Silversea and Seaborn. I was curious how much a cruise actually costs (I’ve never been on one), so I looked at the Carnival Cruise line site. For a cruise to the Caribbean for one week starts at about $600 for an interior room and goes above $1,500 for a suite for two guests. The cruises that my search pulled up listed dates in May, June,  July, August, September, and October 2011. A Norwegian cruise ship departed on Sunday and another departs this coming Saturday. The cruise line industry seems to be a crucial part of the New York waterfront, as well as a crucial part of the industry nationwide. Maybe one day I’ll be able to afford to participate.

here is the interview from the owner of Proteus Gowanus (see our earlier post)

How did you find this space? What role does the location and building (old box
factory!) play in your mission?

I am a visual artist and have had a studio in the building for about 15 years. In
2005 the building was offered for sale to the artists in the building. 20 of us got
together and bought the building. I bought the space that Proteus Gowanus is
in. That is one reason we are able to have the gallery. The location and box
factory are very important to our mission. Alot of what we do is based on place,
history, community.  We have the Hall of the Gowanus that explores the
history/ecosystem of the canal. The sensibility of PG lends itself to an old, post-
industrial building. We love our alley way and consider it integral to the space.

What was the process to become a non-profit?

We worked with a clinic at the Brooklyn Law School. They were extremely helpful as it is a complicated
application process. We just got our 501c3 status. Before that we ran as a “shop”
and by getting grants through other non-profits. We have always been a “non-
profit” endeavor.

The Gowanus Canal is recently declared a Superfund, what is your view on this?
How (if at all) do you expect it to change your non-profit organization, will there
be any effects?

The good thing is that the development that was happening which we didn’t consider sensitive to the history and community has slowed
down or stopped. The area can remain a creative space for a while longer and give the community time to consider what directions it can go in.
Proteus is a member of the CAG to the EPA which is advising on future plans.

How strong is your overall environmental focus, especially concerning the
neighborhood and canal waterway issues? Do you have specifics on how your
exhibitions relate to this?

Our Hall of the Gowanus has art, artifacts, books, a
manually manipulated time line. There is definitely material related to the
environment, including a video by a filmmaker of an oil bubble bursting on the
canal (it looks like outer space), a water sample from the canal, pressed
Gowanus wildflowers by an artists etc

What are your hopes for the future with Proteus Gowanus?

We hope to continue there for the long term. The fact that we own the space makes that probable. We
have had alot of support and interest from the community.


what cool people