Streams

Water, Water, Everywhere

Friday, January 04, 2008

Jasper Goldman, associate at the Municipal Arts Society, talks about the documentary he directed with Loren Talbot, City of Water. He's joined by Roland Lewis, president of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and the executive producer of the film.

Guests:

Jasper Goldman and Roland Lewis

Comments [10]

DBC from Bronx, New York

Thanks for sharing this very interesting story. Before listening to this interview, I hadn't heard about the documentary film "Water, Water, Everywhere." I'm interested to see if this film focuses on the Harlem River at all.

As an avid walker and resident of the South Bronx, I'm disappointed by how most the Bronx side of the Harlem River is practically inaccessible to NYC residents. Consumed by industry and rail yards, the Bronx side of the Harlem River is neglected and under appreciated by most Bronx residents. The Manhattan side of the Harlem River is a bit better (in particular the Harlem River Speedway), but there's still a lot of room for improving the public's access to this beautiful waterfront.

Jan. 04 2008 07:42 PM
roberta mchale from inwood west 205 st

new waterfront parks recently opened in inwood. eastern end of 295, 293, 303 streets. 392 st. has jetty and dock for small boats. these parks are landscaped have benches and picnic tables. I am sure you you know about the beautiful swindlers cove park and boathouse at the eastern of dyckman street. perhaps you could mention the new parks on your program -- ii think people dont know about them. thank you

Jan. 04 2008 02:10 PM
Soon-to-be-former NYer from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

@Milkman:

I agree with you that the mallification of the country is ubiquitous. I figure that there's no point in tolerating the high cost of living & working in NYC if it looks like any other city or town.

But after searching far and wide, in WA I've found a cool pedestrian-scale town (which I'm keeping secret, sorry!). I'll be able to own property and an affordable home which won't be overrun by the likes of Michael Ratner and Toll Brothers. And I won't spend half my life in a car, either.

On your good point about infrastructure: Greenpoint in particular is due for some stress. Forty-story residential towers are already going up, but nothing has been done to increase the infrastructure capacity. No new sewer mains, no additional electrical infrastructure, no increase in mass transit. I have no idea how the 'neighborhood' will handle the huge increase in population. Maybe by running off longtime residents like me. ;-)

Jan. 04 2008 12:28 PM
World's Toughest Milkman from the_C_train

Almost every storm drain in CA empties into the Pacific, when it rains the bacteria levels skyrocket to incredibly unhealthy levels and the amount of trash in the ocean is just an utter shame. Imagine every piece of litter in the streets all over ends up washing through their concrete sluices that are anachronistically referred to as "rivers". CA is truly a hypocritical state on many fronts. NYC has a similar setup minus the cement trenches, but the basic vehicle and lack of foresight exists there also.

Soon-to-be-former NYer, what do you expect to find in WA? Just curious, I find that the entire country has been "Mallified" unless you choose a rural destination or upstate.

Jan. 04 2008 12:11 PM
Water Rules from nyc

Brian

How smart is it -- in an era of tightening energy supplies and environmental concerns like global warming -- that we are turning our PORTS into leisure, recreation, and tourist sites?!

It is a shame.

Water transport is 20x more efficient than air
7x more efficient than trucking. We need every inch of that waterfront available to INDUSTRY.

Seems everyone just thinks NYC can be a picture postcard for tourists, everything else be damned.

Jan. 04 2008 12:01 PM
lmr from murray hill

i moved to new york from texas about two years ago and have been very interested in kayaking, but there seems to be a general fear of the contents of the water surrounding manhattan and/or its rash-producing qualities?

Jan. 04 2008 12:00 PM
K.Kilgallen from Monmouth county, N.J.

We are concerned about the possible loss of high speed ferry service from Monmouth County to Manhattan as a result of the bankruptcy proceeding affecting the parent of Seastreak fast ferry. What can be done to support this type of service?

Jan. 04 2008 11:58 AM
Soon-to-be-former NYer from Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn waterfront redevelopment is destroying neighborhoods, and will serve as one more big step in the conversion of NYC from a thriving, unique city to a bland and homogeneous uber-mall. If people want to spend their money at Starbucks and The Gap, they ought to stay in NJ and Long Island.

After 36 years of being a resident and active *local* neighborhood participant in NYC, I'm tired of being priced out of apartments . . . 3 times in the past 15 years. So goodbye, NYC, I'm off to Washington state. Enjoy your mall.

Jan. 04 2008 11:55 AM
Andrew from Manhattan

One important consideration is the effect of coastal storms and erosion. Due to global warming it is predicted that there will be an increase in the frequency of coastal storms. Taken together with an increase in sea level the severity of storm surge and flooding causing greater damage must be considerted when building on the waterfront. The question is who will wind up paying to protect, insure the properties and to rebuild if needed.

Jan. 04 2008 11:53 AM
Leo from Queens

Lidya Velasquez is correct - The NYC and NY State power brokers (mayor's office and Port Authority) have done a great diservice to the economy of this City by forcing companies out of the city and by neglecting the port - We don't expect NYC to be a major port city but it can have a vibrant, modern cargo and passengerport with thousands of jobs as well as light industries. What Doctoroff and the elite in this City don't understand is that the economy in this City is based on consumption and it needs ports and airports to be able to ship in goods. Also, they disregard the history of the 20th Century where the poor (Map out the public housing) were relegated to the dingy waterfronts near industrial areas and highways. - The elite have all of a sudden discovered the waterfront and they want to make it Disney Land
There can be a mix of industry with access to the waterfront and ports. It's ridiculous to push for the 'development' of luxury apartments on the waterfront. It brings NO value to the economy of the city

Jan. 04 2008 11:52 AM

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