Join us for a free screening of Saving Jamaica Bay - A documentary film

Please join the Rockaway Artists Alliance, National Park Service and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy for a special screening of

Saving Jamaica Bay
A Documentary Film

Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:00 PM
RAA sTudio 7 – Fort Tilden
Gateway National Recreation Area
Breezy Point, Queens

Stay after the film for a Q&A with the producer, Daniel Hendrick. 

Saving Jamaica Bay tells the story of how one community fought government inaction and overcame Hurricane Sandy to clean up and restore the largest open space in New York City, which had become a dumping ground for garbage, sewage and bullet-riddled mobsters. Narrated by Academy-Award winning actress Susan Sarandon, Saving Jamaica Bay underscores the importance of citizen action and the role of urban nature in protecting our cities from the effects of climate change. More information on the film can be found at https://www.savingjamaicabay.com/.

For tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saving-jamaica-bay-a-documentary-film-free-screening-tickets-38510426723 

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#Science of the Living City presents: #NewYorkCity’s Coastal Future: What Can #JamaicaBay Be? @NaturalAreasNYC @SRIatJB

Science of the Living City presents:

New York City’s Coastal Future: What Can Jamaica Bay Be?

Marking five years since Superstorm Sandy, Science of the Living City is hosting a three-part event on the changing coastal areas in Jamaica Bay. This event will bring together voices from over 25 local organizations to discuss the current life in the watershed and its climate change threats, and present ideas for the watershed’s future.

Science of the Living City is a program of the New York City Urban Field Station, a partnership between NYC Parks, U.S. Forest Service, and the Natural Areas Conservancy.

This special event is in partnership with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay and the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

All events will be held at the Lighthouse Auditorium at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York 11235. Shuttle buses will run from from the Brighton Beach B/Q subway station.

RSVP here: http://bit.do/resilienceseries

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Part One – Life in the Jamaica Bay Watershed
October 10, 2017, 6 p.m.

The Bay and its watershed are teeming with life, from the smallest microbes and unique flora to striped bass, migratory birds, and marine mammals.

Part one of the series will explore ecological communities in the Bay and the threats they face from climate change.

Part Two – Life on the Streets of the Jamaica Bay Watershed
October 17, 2017, 6 p.m.

The communities around Jamaica Bay value a lifestyle away from the confines of the inner city, as do its millions of visitors. But neighborhoods are exposed to storms, flooding, and coastal erosion.

Part two will focus on the climate challenges facing human communities in the watershed, which contains over 3 million people and at least 20 distinct localities.

Part Three – Looking Forward
October 24, 2017, 6 p.m.

The sea’s edge brings beauty and mystery, but also increasing exposure to extreme weather and floods. What does a future healthy and safe Jamaica Bay watershed look like?

This special event is in partnership with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay and the Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

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2017 #JamaicaBay Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Event

Volunteers needed!

Are you interested in getting outside, meeting new people, and connecting with nature right here in New York City? Join hundreds of volunteers planting over 17,750 trees and shrubs at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens in late October. The refuge is part of Gateway National Recreation Area—the country’s first urban national park.

Like many parts of the city, Jamaica Bay was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The Nature Conservancy, together with National Park Service and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, will help undo that damage, making the refuge more resilient to future floods while also restoring critical wildlife habitat. Some of the interesting animals that make their home in the refuge include diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and more than 330 species of migratory and native birds! The refuge is actually one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the Northeast—a birder’s paradise here in the Five Boroughs.

Last year, volunteers helped us plant more than 10,000 trees and shrubs. Now we need your help to get the job done! Come along and make a positive, lasting impact on one of New York City’s most special natural areas.

We look forward to seeing you there! To register, please click here: https://plantjamaicabay17.eventbrite.com 

Dates:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 

Location:
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
175-10 Cross Bay Boulevard
Broad Channel, New York 11693
For directions: https://goo.gl/maps/pUpadYp8ToA2

 

Registration:
Advance registration is required; space is limited to 50 volunteers per day. Please register anyone attending with you, including friends and family members. We ask that you please update your registration status in case your plans change prior to the event, so we can secure the necessary number of volunteers.

You will receive additional information, including volunteer waivers, prior to your selected volunteer day; however, if you have any additional questions, please email Christina Thorbourne, Program Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy, at cthorbourne@tnc.org.

 

Supplies & Clothing:
You will receive all the materials you need for planting, including shovels and gloves, as well as a boxed lunch and water refills. Please bring a refillable water bottle to help keep you hydrated.

Please dress comfortably. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect against poison ivy and ticks. We will have different forms of insect repellants as well as pre- and post-poison ivy contact treatment on-site.

 

Children & Youth:
This volunteer activity is appropriate for families and children over the age of 12. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have waivers signed by their parent or guardian.

Getting There:
Directions: Please use the following link for directions to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center: https://goo.gl/maps/pUpadYp8ToA2.

Public Transportation: You can take the A train to the Rockaway Blvd stop and transfer to the Q52 or Q53 bus (on the corner of Liberty Ave and Cross Bay Blvd) heading south. Get off at the Cross Bay Blvd/Wildlife Refuge stop. Alternatively, you make take the A train to Broad Channel and then walk 15 minutes north along Cross Bay Blvd to the Visitor Center.

Parking: There are spots available for parking directly outside the visitor center and additional spots at a nearby parking lot five minutes north of the event.

Join us for a free screening of From the Ashes at Fort Tilden

The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and Bloomberg Philanthropies cordially invite the public to a free screening of

From the Ashes 

Saturday, August 26, 2017
5:30pm
sTudio 7 - Fort Tilden
Gateway National Recreation Area
Breezy Point, Queens

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be in the current political climate. From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate. 

A compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal,” From the Ashes premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and the National Geographic Channel. To learn more visit: www.fromtheashesfilm.com.

To register for free tickets to this special event, please visit our Eventbrite page here.

FREE refreshments will be served. Stay after the film for a Q&A with the producers. 

For location and directions, please click here. Parking available on site. sTudio 7 is also accessible via mass transit by taking the Q22 or Q35 bus to Beach 169th Street or by utilizing the free NYC Ferry Shuttle (West route) from Beach108th Street. 

This event is being hosted in partnership with the Rockaway Artists Alliance

Join us for a special screening of Saving Jamaica Bay

Saving Jamaica Bay tells the story of how one community fought the government and overcame Hurricane Sandy to clean up and restore the largest open space in New York City. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, Saving Jamaica Bay also symbolizes the efforts to preserve urban nature, combat climate change, and invest in our national parks.

After the screening, you will have the opportunity to meet Dan Hendrick, the filmmaker and visionary behind Saving Jamaica Bay.

This screening will be hosted by the Natural Areas Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, the Washington Square Park Conservancy, and the team behind Saving Jamaica Bay.

This event will be held in Washington Square Park under the arch.

Please bring your own blanket to sit on. Food and non-alcoholic beverages welcome. Seating is first come, first served.

This event was generously supported by Con Edison. Stop by the Natural Areas Conservancy tent to pick up a t-shirt or stuffable tote bag celebrating this partnership.

4C: Four Corridors Foreseeing the Region of the Future at Fort Tilden

What will the New York metropolitan area look like in 25 years? How could climate change transform the appearance and uses of our coastline? What will the suburbs of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut look like in the future given the vast changes possible with new technologies?

Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the RPA on Friday, August 4 for the opening celebration of 4C: Four Corridors: Foreseeing the Region of the Future at The Chapel at Fort Tilden. This exhibit showcases the innovative designs of Port + Range, WORK ac, Only If + One Architecture, Rafi Segal A+U and DLAND Studio, as well as the role design has played in RPA’s previous regional plans. It will remain open to the public from August 4 through September 17 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 6pm.

The Chapel at Fort Tilden
At the intersection of Murray and Heinzelman Road (map)
Breezy Point, NY 11697
Easiest entrance at Beach 169th Street and Murray Road  

Opening Day Celebration
Friday, August 4, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

A summer afternoon event celebrating the launch of the exhibit. Features design teams, guest speakers, family-friendly activities and refreshments.

Please RSVP to Christina Kata at ckata@rpa.org

Summer Exhibit Hours
August 4 – September 17, 2017

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
11 AM – 6 PM

Exhibit is open to the public.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Secunda Family Foundation and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy. For more information, please visit www.jbrpc.org.

This project is a partnership of Regional Plan Association and Princeton University School of Architecture. It will inform Regional Plan Association’s fourth regional plan, a strategic vision for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region.

This project is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Bayswater Park Picnic Area and Mural Takes Shape #JamaicaBay #FarRockaway

Thanks to dozens of volunteers from the Rockaways and beyond, the Jamaica Bay-theme mural at Bayswater Park is taking shape! Volunteers helped artist Ruth Hofheimer, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) and the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) over two days to bring this wonderful mural to life. Working with NYC Parks, JBRPC and NAC also welcomed new barbecues and picnic benches to the park. A formal ribbon cutting will take place Wednesday, July 26 at 1pm.  

For more photos, please visit our Instagram page at www.instagram.com/jbrpc

Katharina Grosse - on view at Fort Tilden Beach through September 15th

Two months left to see Katharina Grosse - on view at Fort Tilden Beach through September 15th. Visit this summer and be sure to tag us @JBRPC and #rockawaycolors. 

Organized by MoMA PS1 with the Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, Central Park Conservancy, NYC Parks & Recreation, and Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Special thanks to Arverne By The Sea, LLC, Rockaway Beach Boulevard Construction, LLC, and All Points, Inc. This project is made possible through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Secunda Family Foundation.

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Site-specific installation by Katharina Grosse at Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden. 2016. Image courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.

2017 Rockaway Artists Alliance Film Festival

The 2017 Rockaway Artists Alliance Film Festival will be hosted in Riis Park as part of RAA's ongoing commitment to providing cultural events on the peninsula.

Thursday, July 13 | FINDING DORY
Join us for some pre-show games and activities with your favorite camp kidsmART counselors

Saturday, July 15 | SCHOOL OF ROCK
Stick around after the film for a live musical performance by Blame Mercury

FREE | Riis Park Beach

(enter at the stairs adjacent to BAY 9)

DJ and games at 7:00 pm. Movie starts at 8:00 pm

*All movies are open captioned. Event subject to cancellation due to weather.

Concessions available for purchase at The Beach Cafe.

Presented by Bloomberg Philanthropies in collaboration with Central Park Conservancy, National Park Service, Jamaica Bay - Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

Supported by The Tides and In Good Company.

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Help us paint a community mural!

Please join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the Natural Areas Conservancy in painting a beautiful new mural at the Bayswater Park BBQ area in Far Rockaway, Queens. NYC-based artist Ruth Hofheimer's designs for the mural are inspired by the environmental diversity in Jamaica Bay and reflect the landscape, plants, and animals that live along NYC's coastline.

The mural will be outlined on the wall in advance, and artists at all levels and all ages are welcome to sign up for all or part of the painting process.

Painting can be messy and we recommend artists wear clothing that can get dirty. Please also bring your own water and sunscreen as it can get very hot and sunny in this park.

To sign up to volunteer, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/help-us-paint-a-community-mural-tickets-35642864768?aff=Poster 

This mural was generously sponsored by the Jamaica Bay-Rockway Parks Conservancy, and is in partnership with NYC Parks.