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Gowanus in Flux: Planning for Neighborhood Resiliency

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New York City College of Technology

285 Jay Street

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Join us for a conversation between Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Fifth Avenue Committee about the future of the Gowanus neighborhood. In recent years, the de Blasio administration has engaged in a multi-step community process to prepare for a rezoning of the Gowanus neighborhood. Key to the rezoning is the federally mandated Superfund remediation project that is poised to address the heavily contaminated Gowanus Canal. In the lead-up to the release of the city’s rezoning proposal, FAC and Gowanus Canal Conservancy are organized around a blueprint for for a transformed neighborhood, with a focus on ecologically-driven design, affordable housing, local industry and open space.

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Andrea Parker serves as the Executive Director of Gowanus Canal Conservancy (GCC), a community based non-profit that advocates for and stewards ecologically sustainable parks and public spaces in the Gowanus lowlands, by engaging those who live, work and play here. Since 2006, GCC has served as the lead environmental steward for the neighborhood through leading volunteer projects, educating students on environmental issues; and working with agencies, elected officials, and the community to advocate for, build, and maintain innovative green infrastructure around the Gowanus Canal. Parker received her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Currently, Parker lectures at the City College of New York’s Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture.

Michelle de la Uz has served as Executive Director of Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) since 2004. De la Uz oversees FAC’s mission and comprehensive programs serving more than 5,500 low- and moderate-income neighbors. Prior to FAC, she was Program Director for the Center for Urban Community Services in Washington Heights and Harlem and oversaw social services in supportive housing. From 1995-99, de la Uz was Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’ first Director of Constituent Services and directed her South Brooklyn District Office. She was active in advancing transportation, environmental justice, immigration reform, and employment policy initiatives. De la Uz is the first in her working-class immigrant family to graduate from college, is a product of bi-lingual education, a former trustee of Connecticut College, and recipient of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award. De la Uz also serves on the National Board of Directors of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and was appointed in April of 2012 by the then Public Advocate, now Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio to serve on the New York City Planning Commission.

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