Rocking The Boat: Changing Lives on the Bronx River | Virtual Program

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The Whitehall skiff, a style of boat developed in New York 200 years ago, has been changing the lives of teens in the Bronx for the last 20 years at a program called Rocking the Boat. Founder and Executive Director Adam Green joins us to discuss the Whitehall and the impact of youth development based on teaching with small boats that combines engineering, craft, rowing and sailing, and marine ecology.

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Urban Hawks with Gabriel Willow | Virtual Program

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NYC naturalist Gabriel Willow gives a multimedia presentation about Pale Male and some of the other Red-tailed Hawks that have made an astonishing and inspiring comeback in the area over the past 30 years. There were no breeding Red-tails in urban NYC & NJ in the 1980s, and now there are at least 50 pairs! We’ll also discuss the basics of raptor identification and conservation challenges as well. Gabriel Willow is an Educator and Urban Naturalist who leads tours and teaches classes for NYC Audubon, Wave Hill, and others, co-created an innovative interactive citizen science program and app called The WildLab, and is an illustrator and DJ.

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My Wuhan with Gina Gao | Virtual Program

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Join us for this special virtual program that will share a different side of the historic city of Wuhan through the lens of our staff member Gina Gao, a Queens resident who grew up in this Chinese city most Americans had never heard of six months ago. She will provide an introduction to Wuhan and what this city of 11 million people is most known for, but will focus on sharing her own childhood memories and the things she misses most about living there, from street entertainers and storytelling on hot summer nights, to the city’s famous 100 varieties of breakfast foods

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Art in Crisis: A Conversation with Charlotta Janssen | Free Virtual Program

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Join our conversation with Brooklyn Navy Yard-based artist and restauranteur Charlotta Janssen. In this current historical moment, where we face a dual crisis of pandemic and unrest over racial injustice, Charlotta finds herself and and her work intersecting with both. Born to German parents in Maine, she had a peripatetic childhood, living in Iran and winding up back in Germany to study art, but she eventually dropped out to travel the world as an an artist and street performer, landing in New York in 1995. For over 20 years she has run French bistro Chez Oskar in Bed-Stuy while continuing her art career, and following the 2008 election, she began a series of works inspired by mugshots of the Freedom Riders and other civil rights activists.

Skip ahead to 5:40 for beginning of the program.

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Knot Tying 102 with Frank Hanavan | Virtual Program

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Artist, rigger, and ship modeler Frank Hanavan follows up on his recent popular presentation on knots, drawing from his experience on tall ships to share knots for nautical and everyday use. No need to worry if you missed part 1 of this series, as Frank will continue with some basic knots, and he will also share some of his incredible ship models that he has constructed (and rigged) over the years.

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Waterfront Workers: Finding the Harkins Family with Julie Golia | Virtual Program

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The waterfront has long been the epicenter of Brooklyn’s economic and cultural life, yet the stories of ordinary workers in the once-bustling piers and factories can be difficult to locate. In this program, historian Julie Golia will share how one small newspaper item – a 1873 notice of the untimely death of dockworker Michael Harkins – allowed her team of researchers at Brooklyn Historical Society to uncover generations of history along the waterfront. Julie is formerly the Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and Collections at Brooklyn Historical Society and oversaw the creation of the exhibit “Waterfront” and BHS DUMBO, and she is currently Curator of History, Social Sciences, and Government Information at The New York Public Library.

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Pizza and Process: A Conversation with Designer Steph Mantis | Virtual Program

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Steph Mantis is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer who’s work explores nostalgia and often employs a sense of play in every day objects. Best known for her wildly popular “Cat Butt Magnets,” “Pizza Night Light,” and “Forever Pizza,” Steph is a featured designer with world-leading home accessory brand Kikkerland, and her products have broken global sales records for the company. Growing up in a restaurant family in Biddeford, Maine, Steph learned to appreciate food for its fundamental rituals and potential as a creative platform. Her work re-frames the ordinary in extraordinary ways, creating pieces that inspire one to reflect on big-picture questions while playfully marveling at life’s fascinating detail, and always suggesting that there is more than meets the eye. Join us for what promises to be a tasty peak into Steph’s creative process. Steph Mantis products are available at The MoMa Store, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, and Target.

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A Rose in Spanish Harlem: Gardening with Urban Garden Center | Virtual Program

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Join us for a gardening demonstration and conversation with Dimitri Gatanas of the Urban Garden Center at La Marqueta, a third generation family-owned business in East Harlem. We’ll hear the story of his family’s business, which dates back to 1957, discuss generations of gardeners in the local community, learn some gardening tips, and virtually explore the Urban Garden Center’s 20,000-square-foot space.

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Flash and Clang: Aids to Navigation with the Historic Lighthouse Tender Lilac | Virtual Program

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Unlock the mystery of maritime navigation with Mary Habstritt of the Lilac Preservation Project. At night many of our waterways become constellations of flashing lights. These Aids to Navigation (or AtoNs) keep our marine traffic moving safely, but most of us have only the vaguest idea what they mean or what it takes to establish and maintain them. The Lilac, a steam powered United States Lighthouse Service (later US Coast Guard) tender introduces the public to the world of AtoNs and helps us see our waterways with new insight.

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Virtual Accessibility: Challenges and Opportunities | Free Virtual Program

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During the pandemic, our daily routines have largely shifted from the physical world to virtual platforms, from school and work to social gatherings and religious ceremonies. This virtual program will engage disability advocates in a roundtable conversation about the ramifications of this shift and their observations and insights on this moment’s impact on the future of accessibility and universal design. Moderated by Cindy VandenBosch, panelists will include Hearing Loss Association of America-NYC board member Ruth Bernstein, autism advocate, consultant, and author Michael John Carley, Nefertiti Matos Olivares from the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library of the New York Public Library, and Meredith Wong, Manager of connect2culture at CaringKind, a community resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia care in NYC.

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