Friday, April 27, 2012

And the Competition Winners Are...

Congratulations to the Reimagining the Waterfront Competition Winners!

The international competition received over 90 entries representing 25 countries:

Prize Winners: 
First - Joseph Wood, New Jersey, USA
Second – Takuma Ono and Darina Zlateva, New York City, USA
Third – Matteo Rossetti, Italy

Honorable Mentions:
Gerard Cadger, Canada
David Elzer, Virginia, USA
Nestor Lebron Gonzalez, Puerto Rico
Jorge Manuel Lopez Lopez, Spain
Vincenzo Marcella, Italy

Read about the winning designs in the April 18 edition of The Architect's Newspaper:  "Up the River"

Mark your Calendar...

Winning designs for Reimagining the Waterfront will be exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York June through September, 2012.  The museum is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street).

Reimagining the Waterfront is a CIVITAS-sponsored initiative to solicit design ideas for the East River Esplanade between East 60th and 125th Streets.  In many locations along of its 65-block length, the Esplanade is a subpar park in a world-class location.   A major success, the international competition received over 90 submissions from designers representing 25 countries.  Stay tuned for details about the exhibition and upcoming public programming.  Information about sponsors and updates are on  

Other Community Events

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
St. Catherine’s Park, First Avenue (between 67th and 68th Streets)

Upper Green Side and Council Member Jessica Lappin are organizing a recycling day.  
Accepted items include:  

  • Electronics: Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes), monitors, printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers, network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.), peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.), components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.), TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players, video-games and audio visual equipment, cell phones, pagers, PDAs, telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)
  • Paper: Please remove paper clips and spiral bindings, paperback books
  • Clothes:  Including hats, belts, fabric of all kinds and shoes in any condition, eye glasses

For more information visit

Saturday, May 5th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bike Share Open House: Grand Central Library
135 East 46th Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues) 

Visit NYC Department of Transportation staff to check out the bike share bikes at the Grand Central Library. Come see the bike share bikes in person, ask questions and pick up free bicycle giveaways. In cooperation with Grand Central Library.  Bike share is coming to NYC in July 2012.  Click here to learn more

Saturday, May 5, 2:30 – 4:00 PM
An Accessible Waterfront for East Harlem:  Jane Jacobs Walk – Harlem River Park, Manhattan
Starts at the M1 bus stop at the Northeast corner of East 135th Street and Fifth Avenue

In honor of international Jane Jacobs Walk Weekend, Transportation Alternatives, Friends of Harlem River Walk and Greenway, and Harlem River Park Task Force are hosting "An Accessible Waterfront for East Harlem".  

Riverfront scenery, greenery and beautiful murals make Harlem River Park a wonderful place to walk, bike and play, and a crucial link in the greenway on Manhattan’s East Side. Take in the park’s innovative, environmentally-friendly edge, the decorative pavings that line the esplanade and the pedestrian crossing improvements that make safe access to the riverfront possible. And hear about how the community-based vision for this unique park became a reality. Click here for more information

Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19
2012 Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Waterfront Conference

Join the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) in 2012 to galvanize support for the New York-New Jersey Harbor Coalition and to explore the economic benefits of harbor revitalization. The conference will feature regional harbor champions, waterfront leaders, advocates, and policy experts from the region and nationwide.  For more information please contact Cortney Worrall at

Save the date:  Saturday, May 19
Location and event details to follow

Friday, April 13, 2012

Help CIVITAS Improve NYC Streetscapes

CIVITAS is making strides to improve the condition of poorly maintained newsrack boxes that clutter New York City's sidewalks, yet we continue to see broken, vandalized and abandoned boxes throughout the city.

Here is what you can do to help:

- Please take a few minutes to call (212-788-7375) or email ( Council Member James Vacca, chair of the NYC Council Transportation Committee, and ask him to schedule an oversight hearing to address newsrack box enforcement and regulation.

- Sign and circulate the newsrack petition. Let us know if you would like additional hard copies of the petition.

- Write a letter of support. You can find sample letters on the CIVITAS newsrack box webpage.

We would like to thank our community leaders and partners who have supported our efforts. You can view resolutions and letters of support at
Councilmember Gale Brewer, Councilmember Dan Garodnick, Councilmember Robert Jackson, Councilmember Jessica Lappin, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Community Boards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11

34th Street Partnership, Association of Residential Boards, East 86th Street Association, Landmark West!, Save Chelsea, Sutton Area Community
(list in formation)

Join the list! Contact CIVITAS at or 212.996.0745 to get involved.