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
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 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: