The Freshkills Park Talks lecture series continues next Tuesday with a presentation by elementary school science teacher Howard Warren. Out of sheer interest and commitment, Howard has become one of the City’s leading experts on the history and present condition of Barren Island and Dead Horse Bay, at the southeastern corner of Brooklyn. The area is well known by urban explorers for its ‘Bottle Beach’, where a 1950s landfill continues to spill its contents onto the shore to be combed over by amateur archeologists. But the island and the bay’s storis stretch much farther into the past of industrial Brooklyn than just the 1950s, and its current state is the object of ongoing discussions on ecological health and restoration. Howard has been bringing his students to study beach and the bay for over 20 years and has integrated its study in a variety of engaging environmental curricula, bringing students and their parents to the site to clean up the shore, collect fish for study, test the water chemistry and study artifacts. He’ll discuss the site’s history and politics and share lessons learned through long-term, collaborative investigation of the site and its secrets.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 | 6:30-8pm
@ the Metropolitan Exchange
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn | 6th floor
FREE | No RSVP necessary
This coming Tuesday, we’re happy to have photographer Nathan Kensinger joining us for a Staten-Island-centered follow-up to his March talk and slideshow on New York’s post-industrial waterfront. Nathan will be presenting photos from around Staten Island, including an abandoned chewing gum factory, a partially demolished color works, rotting train stations, empty hospitals and boat graveyards. His work has been described in the Staten Island Advance as documenting “places that even the forgotten have forgotten.”
This talk will be co-hosted by the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island. Should be a fun one.
Tuesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. @ Cargo Cafe
120 Bay Street, Staten Island (a short walk from the St. George Ferry Terminal)
FREE| No RSVP necessary
Gothamist discovers the Witte Marine Salvage Yard, one of the largest marine scrapyards on the East Coast, along the shore of the Arthur Kill just south of the Freshkills Park site’s West Mound. It’s a pretty spectacular and much photographed sight to see these rusted heaps—mostly tugboats and cargo ships—half sunken in the Arthur Kill, and the various plant and marine life that has made its home there. The Times provided some history on the yard back in 1990, and we’ve included it as an attraction in our Staten Island day-trips for folks visiting the Island to join one of our Freshkills Park tours. This is just one more site that really validates the whole ‘Forgotten Borough’ moniker, in the most compelling way.
If photos of industrial decay excite you, you might be interested to know that photographer Nathan Kensinger will be sharing his photos and stories of this site and others the evening of Tuesday, May 18th at Staten Island’s Cargo Cafe, as part of our Freshkills Park Talks series.
Last month’s professional photographers’ tour of the Freshkills Park site yielded some beautiful results. We’ve posted a selection of photos by Linda Jaquez, Vincent Verdi and Michael Bonanno in our flickr stream; photographs by Jarred Sutton are posted on his website.
We’ll be hosting a Staten Island-centered talk and slideshow by Nathan Kensinger, another photographer who has joined us on a photographers’ tour (and who gave our March Freshkills Park Talk in downtown Brooklyn), on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30pm at Cargo Cafe on Staten Island, near the Ferry Terminal. Nathan will be talking about and showing his terrific photos of forgotten Staten Island sites and buildings, from chewing gum factories to color works to the Freshkills Park site, itself.
Our next tour for professional photographers is in June. If you’re a professional photographer interested in participating, feel free to be in touch.
The Freshkills Park Talks lecture series continues on Tuesday with a talk and slideshow by Nathan Kensinger, a photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on the abandoned and post-industrial edges of New York City. He’ll be sharing stories of sites along the Gowanus Canal, inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and at Fresh Kills, among others, while walking us through his beautiful images. Nathan’s photos have been featured in the New York Times, the New York Post, New York Magazine, The Staten Island Advance, and other outlets and are currently on display as part of an exhibit titled “The Gentrification of Brooklyn” at Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts.
The talk will be co-hosted by the Metropolitan Exchange, an architecture, urban planning and research cooperative in downtown Brooklyn.
Tuesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. @ the Metropolitan Exchange
33 Flatbush Avenue, 6th floor, Brooklyn
No RSVP is necessary
Photographer Nathan Kensinger has posted a set of terrific photos and his impressions of the Freshkills Park site, collected during our photographers’ tour last month. We’ve been doing these tours every few months; if you’re a professional photographer interested in participating in future photo tours, feel free to be in touch.
A quiet and handsome set of photographs by Nathan Kensinger showcases the decommissioned Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The station was closed along with the Fresh Kills Landfill in 2001 and is currently unoccupied. Its rehabilitation has recently been put out to bid to private waste management companies for use in barge export of waste, in accordance with the city’s 2006 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. All of New York City’s trash is now privately carted out of state–much of it via trucking. Barge export (and rail, which already happens in Staten Island and in North Brooklyn) would reduce the city’s sanitation costs significantly.