Events

Past Event

Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed

February 22, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1512
In this SIPA Urban and Social Policy Innovator in Public Policy Series, Joanne Witty, public space advocate and author, will discuss her long, persistent journey to establish Brooklyn Bridge Park now among the largest and most significant public projects to be built in New York in a generation, transforming a decrepit industrial waterfront into a new public use that is both a reflection and an engine of Brooklyn's resurgence in the twenty-first century. Joanne Witty has a varied career as a lawyer, environmentalist, political activist and author. She has held posts in both New York City (when John Lindsay was Mayor) and New York State government. For many years, she served on the Board of the National League of Conservation Voters and now serves on the Board of the Environmental Defense Action Fund. She has been a central figure in the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, as President of the LDC that created its master plan and as Vice-Chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation – the entity now building the Park. In September 2016, Joanne published her book, Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed, which details the numerous obstacles faced throughout the three decades it took to create the park. Please join us for a lively discussion on the 22nd.