The green spaces and parks of New York City are meant to serve as a respite from the urban jungle and a place to escape for all. But the question remains — do they actually serve everyone equitably?
New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman will moderate a conversation between former Brooklyn Bridge Park and current Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker. “Whose Park? Equity in NYC’s Green Spaces” will cover parks, their users, and how to create a space that is equal for all.
The inclusion of Myer is an interesting choice, because Brooklyn Bridge Park has been roiled by controversies related to the discussion even as it’s become a jewel of waterfront Brooklyn and drawn huge numbers of users. Issues ruffling Brooklyn encompass affordable housing in the park, the view-blocking private Pierhouse development, basketball courts and security, and inclusive design.
Walker has been president of the Ford Foundation since 2013. He’s also a board member of Friends of the High Line, and involved with the Commission for the Future of Rikers Island, which is considering land-use options for the island.
The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Brooklyn Historical Society at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets are $5 for members of the BHS, $10 for non-members. For more information or to purchase tickets, go here.
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