Friday, September 9, 2011

CIVITAS Reimagine The Waterfront: Design-Ideas Competition for the East River Esplanade and Upcoming Events in the Community

Reimagine the East River Waterfront: Design-Ideas Competition for the East River Esplanade
CIVITAS is pleased to announce the Reimagining the Waterfront Design-Ideas Competition for the East River Esplanade, East 60th to East 125th Street. We are launching the competition this month to create a vision for the future of this potentially world-class park. We are calling architects, landscape architects, urban planners and professional designers to develop dramatic and original concepts for the waterfront between 60th and 125th Streets. Our goal is to jump-start a process that aspires to the transformation of the entire East River Esplanade experience. Stay tuned to the CIVITAS website and watch your email for announcements of upcoming public events for Reimagining the Waterfront Design-Ideas Competition.

Submissions from professional designers will be judged by the competition jury, including:

Al Butzel, Principal, Albert K. Butzel Law Offices
Warren James, Principal, Warren A. James Architects + Planners
Hon. William Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Signe Nielsen, FASLA Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Rob Rogers, FAIA, Partner, Rogers Marvel Architects
Jack Travis, FAIA, Principal, Jack Travis Architects
Billie Tsien, AIA, Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Adam Yarinsky, FAIA LEED AP, Principal & Co-Founder, Architecture Research Office (ARO)

Visit the competition website for information about the competition including guidelines, prizes, and helpful resources. Registration will begin on September 15. Competition winners will be announced winter 2012.


U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin
NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel
Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
NYS Senator Liz Krueger
NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano
NYS Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner
NYS Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez
NYC Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick

The competition is made possible through a grant from NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin and the generous support of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

In the News
East River Esplanade
Check out the August 11 issue of Our Town which profiles work that is underway to improve the crumbling infrastructure along many sections of the East River Esplanade in the article "Esplanade Emergency".

You can also read about the Esplanade in CIVITAS' Spring 2011 newsletter, "East River Esplanade: A Gaping Hole in NYC's Waterfront".

Upcoming CIVITAS Events
Discussion and Drinks Meetup at The Lexington Social
Join CIVITAS members for a casual get-together at The Lexington Social.
Come introduce yourself and tell us what urban planning and quality of life issues interest you.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Lexington Avenue between 103rd and 104th Streets
RSVP by email: or phone: 212.996.0745 or through our Meetup Group:
Join the Meetup to find out about upcoming events.

2011 openhousenewyork Walking Tour
For the second year, CIVITAS will participate in openhousenewyork weekend with a walking tour Shaping Urban Design & Policy: The East 96th Street Corridor. The tour will focus on the way zoning and land use policy shape the physical landscape of New York, and how city policies and neighborhood advocacy have affected the built environment of the Upper East Side and East Harlem.

The event will take place on October 15, 2011. Stay tuned for more details and registration instructions.

Upcoming Community Events
Department of Transportation Community Presentation on First and Second Avenue Bike Lanes
Presentation to Community Board 8
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
6:30 pm
NY Blood Center, 310 East 67th St (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Visit the CB8 website for the most up to date details.

Community Forum On Parks & Waterfront Access On The East Side
Hosted By:
NYS Senator Liz Krueger
NYS Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh
NYC Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick
And Community Boards 6 and 8
Thursday, September 8
4:00-7:00 pm
Sutton Place Synagogue
225 East 51st Street (between Second and Third Aves.)
Please visit for more information.

Recycling Events
Third Avenue Street Fair/Recycle- O-Rama
Saturday, September 10
Visit the first "Green Block" - Third Avenue between 83rd-84th Streets - to recycle electronics,
paper items for shredding, textiles, and more. For a full list, visit:

Electronics Recycling
Tuesday, September 20
11 am to 7 pm
Church of the Heavenly Rest

Rally To Save Ruppert Playground
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at 2:00p.m.
Between 92nd & 93rd Sts and Second & Third Avenues