Staten Island’s Freight Rail: Back from the Brink with Don Lotz | Virtual Program | Friday, October 30

October 30, 2020 12:30 pm EDT

Because New York City lacks any freight rail crossing of the Hudson River, Staten Island is the lone borough that is connected to the rest of the country’s freight rail network. Today the rail and container facilities there are vital to the port’s operations, but in the 1990’s, this link was lost. Don Lotz, retired Manager of Intermodal Development for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (and long-time Turnstile Member), will join us to share his experience with this vital project. He will dig into the design and construction required to restore rail freight service to Staten Island, including rehabilitation of the Arthur Kill Vertical-Lift Bridge, which has the longest lift-span of any vertical lift bridge in the world, and the challenges this corner of the port – and all of New York City’s waterfront – faced due to massive changes to the manufacturing and shipping industries.

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Exploring the East River from Wall Street to Astoria | Virtual Program | Thursday, November 5

November 5, 2020 12:00 pm EST

Take a virtual ride with us on the Astoria route of the NYC Ferry. We will board at Wall Street, and on this one-hour ride, we will examine the historical buildings along the waterfront of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and learn about things to do at each of the ferry’s stops. We will stop by Wallabout Bay for a visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other landmarks of the industrial waterfront, learn about the history of housing in the Lower East Side, Midtown, and Long Island City, examine the river’s barge traffic, past and present, and discuss the natural and manmade islands that stretch along the river. To accompany this guided tour, check out our free map guide that we created for Open House New York.

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This program is presented with support from Open House New York.

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Open House New York at Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Dry Dock 1 | Episode 151

United States Coast Guard Cutter in a dry dock undergoing repairs in Dry Dock 1 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

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Celebrate Open House New York Weekend by joining us for a live virtual visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s historic Dry Dock No. 1. Built in 1851, this New York City landmark is the third-oldest naval dry dock in the country, and it is still used for ship repair today. We will discuss its fascinating history, as well as learn about the Yard’s active working waterfront, which includes the largest ship repair facility in New York Harbor. This program is part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s day-long series of live programs, including virtual visits to artists and manufacturers (see the full schedule), and check out pre-recorded virtual tours of other tenant businesses.

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Open House New York at Brooklyn Army Terminal | Episode 150

View of the metal frames that span the two sides of Building B, a massive concrete industrial building with an atrium at the center that opens to the sky.

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As Open House New York Weekend goes online this year, we are hosting a virtual visit to one of the most popular sites of the weekend, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, so join us for a live exploration of the site’s architecture, history, and industry. Designed by architect Cass Gilbert and built in 1918–1919, the Terminal is an architectural and engineering marvel that served as a major military installation for nearly 50 years. Today it is a city-owned industrial park that is home to over 100 businesses, and we will visit with some of the makers, manufacturers, and artists that occupy the buildings today, including FABSCRAP, SPark Workshop Brooklyn, and Uncommon Goods. This program is supported by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

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Virtual Archtober Trivia Night | Wednesday, May 20, 5:30pm

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Are you ready to learn about NYC from the comfort of your own home? Join us, the Center for Architecture, and Prospect Park Alliance for a virtual version of Archtober Trivia Night! We’ll be diving deep into questions about NYC architecture, history, and culture, and you can play along in teams or on your own. Grab your dog, your cat, and/or fellow NYC history buffs to play, and it’s totally free! You do not have to be an architect or expert to participate.

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Keeping NYC Waterways Clean: Stormwater Management | Episode 54

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Ever wonder why you shouldn’t go to the beach after it rains? Or why you shouldn’t take a shower during a rainstorm? Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) are one of New York City’s most persistent and pervasive environmental challenges. Learn how our city’s water system works, how it handles stormwater and sewage, and why, unfortunately, the latter winds up in our waterways thanks to the former. Join Doug Chapman, a LEED-certified professional with experience designing green roofs, as we look at strategies for tackling CSOs, using the infrastructure of the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a case study.

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Virtual Visit to the 1661 Bowne House in Flushing, Queens | Episode 53

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Join us on a virtual exploration of the Bowne House (ca. 1661), the oldest building in Queens and second-oldest in New York State. Built by John Bowne, a Quaker who emigrated from England and eventually settled in Flushing, his fight for religious freedom was an important moment in American history that laid down principles later codified in the Bill of Rights. Now a museum, we will explore the house with a docent and its live-in caretaker, who will share stories of the house and its occupants from 1661 to 1945, when ownership of the private home transitioned from John Bowne’s descendants to the Bowne House Historical Society.

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Brooklyn Grange: Rooftop Farming with Anastasia Cole Plakias | Virtual Program

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Founded in 2010, Brooklyn Grange is a global leader in rooftop farming and intensive green roof systems. Brooklyn Grange co-founder Anastasia Cole Plakias will join us to share how this mission-driven business has evolved to produce over 80,000 pounds of produce annually support natural ecosystems through green infrastructure, and educate the public about how New York City can be a cleaner, safer, and healthier place to live and work.

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