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New York City’s Coastal Future: What Can Jamaica Bay Be?

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Kingsborough Community College

2001 Oriental Boulevard

The Lighthouse Auditorium

Brooklyn, NY 11235

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About the series

Marking five years since Superstorm Sandy, Science of the Living City is hosting a three-part event on the changing coastal areas in Jamaica Bay. This event will bring together voices from over 25 local organizations to discuss the current life in the watershed and its climate change threats, and present ideas for the watershed’s future.

Artists Ruth Hofheimer, Keith Ellenbogen, and Heather Kramer will present their works at each of the three events.

NOTE: All events will be held at the Lighthouse Auditorium at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York 11235.

Shuttle buses will run from from the Brighton Beach B/Q subway station.

Light refreshments will be served.

Part 1: Life in the Jamaica Bay Watershed

October 10, 2017

The Bay and its watershed are teeming with life, from the smallest microbes and unique flora to striped bass, migratory birds, and marine mammals. Part one of the series will explore ecological communities in the Bay and the threats they face from climate change.

Moderator: Patti Rafferty, National Park Service

Speakers: Philip Orton (Stevens Institute), John Waldman (Queens College), Vinnie Calabro (fishing captain), Sarah Charlop-Powers (Natural Areas Conservancy), Jennifer Bolstad (Local Office Landscape Architecture)

Part 2: Life on the Streets of the Jamaica Bay Watershed

October 17, 2017

The communities around Jamaica Bay value a lifestyle away from the confines of the inner city, as do its millions of visitors. But neighborhoods are exposed to storms, flooding, and coastal erosion.

Part two will focus on the climate challenges facing human communities in the watershed, which contains over 3 million people and at least 20 distinct localities.

Moderator: Erika Svendsen, U.S. Forest Service

Speakers: Aminta Kilawan-Narine (Sadhana), Mike Marella (Department of City Planning), Bibi Calderaro (artist), Jill Cornell (NYC Emergency Management) and John Daskalakis (National Parks Service)

Part 3: Looking Forward

October 24, 2017

The sea’s edge brings beauty and mystery, but also increasing exposure to extreme weather and floods. What does a future healthy and safe Jamaica Bay watershed look like?

Moderator: Adam Parris (Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay)

Speakers: Michael Schwebel (100 Resilient Cities), Sarah Neilson (NYC Parks), Susannah Drake (DLAND Studios), Rafi Segal (Rafi Segal A+U), Jordan Fischbach (Rand Corporation), Don Riepe (Jamaica Bay Guardian and American Littoral Society), Keith Ellenbogen (Underwater photographer)

About the program partners

Science of the Living City is a program of the New York City Urban Field Station, a partnership between NYC Parks, U.S. Forest Service, and the Natural Areas Conservancy.

This special event is in partnership with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy.


Kingsborough Community College

2001 Oriental Boulevard

The Lighthouse Auditorium

Brooklyn, NY 11235

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