Sun04May201411:00 amTour begins at 90th Street & Roosevelt Avenue
Across the city, 66 public plazas (and 25 acres of new open space) are in the works. The numbers are impressive, but it’s what those statistics look like on the ground that demonstrates the transformative power of plazas. You’ll visit 3 of the city’s most vibrant public spaces and meet the change-makers who made it all happen – DOT Plaza Program staff, Council Members Danny Dromm and Julissa Ferreras, the community organizers who led the charge, and the organizations now managing these spaces in partnership with the city. Corona Plaza: envisioned, created and programmed by more than 50 community partners over a 10-year period. 78th Street Plaza: first transformed into a seasonal play street, and then, through neighborhood activism, a permanent public space. Diversity Plaza: host to Eid Bazaars, Chand Raat Festivals, NYC's first outdoor Community Board meeting and Mother Tongue Day – and on the day of our Jane’s Walk, an afternoon “social” featuring chai and butter tea from local restaurants, and family-friendly games. These plazas are the 21st century expression of Jane Jacob’s “sidewalk ballet,” now playing out in streets reclaimed by citizen activists from around the world.
For more details, click here to find the interactive map and public transit information.
Wed28May20148:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.50 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013
The Municipal Art Society of New York presents:
IDEAS FOR NEW YORK'S NEW LEADERSHIP
With Mayor de Blasio in office, and key appointments and leadership roles solidified, New York City has embarked on a new era. We invite you to join us for a conversation between civic experts and city officials on affordability, equity, resilience and the fabric of our city.
Speakers and panelists include: Carl Weisbrod, Chair, NYC Department of City Planning; Polly Trottenberg, NYC DOT Commissioner, Kyle Kimball, President, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Brad Lander, NYC Council Member; Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President of Economic Opportunity and Assets, Ford Foundation; Mindy Fullilove, Research Psychiatrist, Columbia University; Steve Hindy, Cofounder & Chairman, Brooklyn Brewery; Founding Chairman, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn; Board of Directors, Prospect Park Alliance; Laura Hansen, Executive Director, Neighborhood Plaza Partnership.
This event builds on Ideas for New York's New Leadership, a compilation of 14 essays by renowned civic leaders that began a dialogue with our city's new leadership on the direction of our city's future. We encourage you to explore these insightful ideas prior to the event.