Friday, April 18, 2014

An Exploration of the Past and Present State of the East River Waterfront

Join CIVITAS for an in-depth, illustrated discussion of the East River waterfront with John Kriskiewicz, architectural historian, and Signe Nielsen, principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. The lecture will explore the history of our waterfront and the current state of the East River Esplanade in the historic library of the former Fabbri Mansion, now House of the Redeemer.
Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 pm
House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues)
A reception and refreshments will follow the lecture.
Suggested donation: $10
Registration is requested.
RSVP to House of the Redeemer at (212) 289-0399 or email info@houseoftheredeemer.org.
A NYC landmark, House of the Redeemer was designed by acclaimed architect Grosvenor Atterbury and constructed for the Fabbri family between 1914-1916. Read more about House of the Redeemer historic landmark.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Save the Dates: Upcoming East River Esplanade Community Meetings

You are invited to lend your voice at a series of community meetings to discuss improvements to the East River Esplanade (60th – 125th Streets) hosted by CIVITAS and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects.
The series of meetings is kicked off with a listening session, and then will focus on opportunities and constraints that embrace issues such as Esplanade dimensions, land use, environmental concerns, regulatory parameters and recreational considerations.
Building on the visionary designs in CIVITAS’s Reimagining the Waterfront exhibition, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects will develop a study analyzing existing conditions of the Esplanade in order to frame the strategic opportunities for a better park. These visioning meetings will establish specific long and short-term goals that will be incorporated into their recommendations.

These meetings are very important, especially if you are an Esplanade park user! Please join us – and spread the word - if you want to share your thoughts for the future of our community’s waterfront.


All meetings will be held in the evening. Specific times and locations will are TBD. Please save the following dates:
Tuesday, May 6 (I. listening session) 
Tuesday, June 24 (II. visioning & goal-setting)
Monday, September 22 (III. a way forward)

Please RSVP to info@civitasnyc.org or by calling 212-996-0745 if you are able to participate in this series of meetings.
For more information and ongoing updates, please visit CIVITAS's Reimagining the Waterfront website: www.reimaginethewaterfront-civitas.com

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Reimagining the Waterfront: An Improved East River Esplanade

Join CIVITAS for an in-depth, illustrated discussion in the historic library of the former Fabbri Mansion, now House of the Redeemer.

Since 2011, CIVITAS has organized an international ideas competition and museum exhibition as well as design workshops, lectures, and community service projects focused on visions for an improved East River Esplanade from 60th-125th Street. CIVITAS feels strongly that the East River waterfront could serve a major recreational and environmental need for East Harlem, the Upper East Side and, indeed, this whole city. In order to understand the potential of the East River Esplanade, a comparison of this unique land resource with successfully realized linear park precedents leads to a more thorough understanding of the potential for a redeveloped Esplanade. In order to maximize this potential, urban planners, politicians and community constituents must also understand both the feasibility and challenges faced when solving this design problem. It is within this context that the needs of the community can be analyzed and addressed.

Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 pm
House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues)
A reception and refreshments will follow the lecture.
Suggested donation: $10
Registration is requested. 

RSVP to CIVITAS at (212) 996-0745 or info@civitasnyc.org.
A NYC landmark, House of the Redeemer was designed by acclaimed architect Grosvenor Atterbury and constructed for the Fabbri family between 1914-1916. Read more about House of the Redeemer historic landmark.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Join CIVITAS on March 6 to Honor Stephen S. Lash and Charles S. Warren

Join William Bernhard & Catherine Cahill and Paul Selver, Honorary Chairs,
and the CIVITAS Benefit Committee for a cocktail reception, celebrating 33 years of achievement by CIVITAS and honoring this year’s recipients of
The August Heckscher Award for Community Service:
STEPHEN S. LASH & CHARLES S. WARREN
In Recognition of their Major Contributions to Quality of Life on the Upper East Side and in East Harlem.
Thursday, March 6
Six to Eight Thirty PM
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue
Benefit Co-Chairs: Genie Rice, Sava Thomas, Felipe Ventegeat
Benefit Vice Chairs: Margit S. Bluestein, Elisabeth Clark, Joanna Delson, Janis Eltz, Christienne Ferreira, Judy Fresco, Katie Grishman, Matt Jupin, Jeanne McAnaney, Michael Morgenfruh, Steve Narker, John S. Winkleman

Invitation Illustrations by John S. Winkleman
For more information, email info@civitasnyc.org or call 212.996.0745.


Reserve your tickets online today.


CIVITAS
1457 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
p: 212-996-0745
f: 212-289-4291
info@civitasnyc.org
www.civitasnyc.org

Monday, December 2, 2013

PANEL UPDATE: December 4 and EXHIBITION OPENING: December 10


Urban Revitalization and East Harlem Rezoning Panel Discussion


Wednesday, December 4, 2013
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Admission is FREE for CIVITAS members. Find out how to become a member.
CIVITAS's discussion series continues this December with an investigation of urban revitalization through the lens of East Harlem rezoning and updated land use policies. This panel of neighborhood leaders and experts will look specifically at projects currently under way in East Harlem, including the renovation of the former P.S. 109 into affordable live-work space for artists, and the transformation of La Marqueta, a marketplace under the Metro North railway tracks between East 111th and East 116th Streets that was once the economic and social center of the neighborhood.
Moderator:
-Karrie Jacobs - Contributing Editor, Metropolis; founding editor-in-chief, Dwell
Panelists:
-Peter Gluck - Principal, GLUCK+
-Matthew Washington - Chair, Community Board 11 and Advisory Member of CIVITAS
-Gus Rosado - Executive Director, El Barrio's Operation Fightback
All discussions in the series will take place at the National Academy
1083 Fifth Avenue at East 89th Street. map
Admission:
CIVITAS members: FREE
For tickets, call (212) 369-4880 x 201.
CIVITAS members can RSVP by calling the museum at the above number.

SAVE THE DATE: Esplanade Exhibition Opening at City Swiggers on December 10th

Join CIVITAS for a opening reception celebrating the new Reimagining the Waterfront exhibition location at City Swiggers.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
City Swiggers
320 East 86th Street
(between First and Second Avenues)
In the evening, exact time TBD
Reimagining the Waterfront is a CIVITAS-sponsored initiative to improve the East River Esplanade between East 63rd and 125th Streets. The exhibition features the eight winning proposals from the 2012 design-ideas competition, as well as historic images of the East River Esplanade and photographs of the site today.
Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade was organized by the Museum of the City of New York. It was curated by Andrea Renner, the Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and was on view at the Museum from June 6 through October 28, 2012.
For more information on the project, please visit:www.reimaginethewaterfront-civitas.com or call CIVITAS at (212) 996-0745.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

RSVP Now: Urban Revitalization and East Harlem Rezoning



New Panelist: CIVITAS Advisory Committee Member Matthew Washington


Wednesday, December 4
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Admission is FREE for CIVITAS members. Find out how to become a member.
CIVITAS's discussion series continues this December with an investigation of urban revitalization through the lens of East Harlem rezoning and updated land use policies. This panel of neighborhood leaders and experts will look specifically at projects currently under way in East Harlem, including the renovation of the former P.S. 109 into affordable live-work space for artists, and the transformation of La Marqueta, a marketplace under the Metro North railway tracks between East 111th and East 116th Streets that was once the economic and social center of the neighborhood.
Moderator:
-Karrie Jacobs - Contributing Editor, Metropolis; founding editor-in-chief, Dwell
Panelists:
-Matthew Washington - Chair, Community Board 11, Advisory Member of CIVITAS
-Peggy Shepard - Co-founder and Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
-Gus Rosado - Executive Director, El Barrio's Operation Fightback
All discussions in the series will take place at the National Academy
1083 Fifth Avenue at East 89th Street. map
Admission:
CIVITAS members: FREE
General Admission: $15
Seniors and Students: $10
For tickets, visit the National Academy online or call (212) 369-4880 x 201.
CIVITAS members can RSVP by calling the museum at the above number.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

RSVP Now: Upcoming Lectures Sponsored by CIVITAS


Guide To NYC Urban Landscapes: A Book Talk

The Arsenal, Third Floor Gallery 
830 Fifth Avenue, 
In Central Park at 64th Street

$15 for CIVITAS members, $20 non-members. Find out how to become a member. Tickets may be purchased here.
Join us for an illustrated lecture on places and landscape design, from 19th century cemeteries to the Upper East Side's Conservatory Garden, with stops in-between.
New York City is easily recognized worldwide by its skyscrapers and densely-populated urban environment. Robin Lynnand Francis Morrone, in their newly-published Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes, point to the less obvious but equally beautiful aspects to our city's fabric - the city's low-scale open spaces, as inspiring as those found in nature.
Morrone provides an exciting insider's look at New York City's outstanding and surprising urban oases. Take a look at Morrone's blog on New York City parks to learn more about our city's valuable green spaces! http://bit.ly/UrbanLandscapes
This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Historic House Trust.

Urban Revitalization and East Harlem Rezoning Discussion


Wednesday, December 4, 2013
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Admission is FREE for CIVITAS members. Find out how to become a member.

CIVITAS's discussion series continues this December with an investigation of urban revitalization through the lens of East Harlem rezoning and updated land use policies. This panel of neighborhood leaders and experts will look specifically at projects currently under way in East Harlem, including the renovation of the former P.S. 109 into affordable live-work space for artists, and the transformation of La Marqueta, a marketplace under the Metro North railway tracks between East 111th and East 116th Streets that was once the economic and social center of the neighborhood.

Moderator:
-Karrie Jacobs - Contributing Editor, Metropolis; founding editor-in-chief, Dwell
Panelists:
-Peggy Shepard - Co-founder and Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
-Gus Rosado - Executive Director, El Barrio's Operation Fightback
- A representative from Community Board 11
All discussions in the series will take place at the National Academy
1083 Fifth Avenue at East 89th Street. map
Admission:
CIVITAS members: FREE
General Admission: $15
Seniors and Students: $10
For tickets, visit the National Academy online or call (212) 369-4880 x 201.
CIVITAS members can RSVP by calling the museum at the above number.

Save The Date: Transportation and the Second Avenue Subway Discussion

Wednesday, January 8, 2013
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

CIVITAS's discussion series concludes with a panel on the construction of the Second Avenue Subway and transportation infrastructure. How can urban design and public art transform street-level spaces to be more functional and beautify below-ground levels on a grand scale?
Moderator:
-James S. Russell - Architecture columnist,Bloomberg News
Panelists:
-Sandra Bloodworth - Director, MTA Arts for Transit
-Mitchell Joachim - Ph.D., Co-founder and Director of Research, Terreform ONE
-Cesar Pelli - NA, architect
All discussions in the series will take place at the National Academy
1083 Fifth Avenue at East 89th Street. map
Admission:
CIVITAS members: FREE
General Admission: $15
Seniors and Students: $10
For tickets, visit the National Academy online or call (212) 369-4880 x 201.
CIVITAS members can RSVP by calling the museum at the above number.