What is the South Street Seaport?
A talk and tour with Robert LaValva
Sunday, November 24, 2013
openhousenewyork launches a new series of tours and programs exploring the past, present, and future of the South Street Seaport. Home to the largest concentration of early 19th century buildings in New York, and a site of trade and commerce since the city’s earliest days, the Seaport is transforming itself from a tourist destination into one of the most architecturally and culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Over the next several months, OHNY will explore the Seaport’s most important buildings and sites, plans for its future, and how it is rebounding following Sandy.
In the first program of the series, New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva will give a presentation and lead a tour about the evolution of the Fulton Market District (the area now known as the South Street Seaport); the uniqueness and great value of its urban fabric; and its potential to emerge as New York City's next great public space. The tour will coincide with the monthly market, which on November 24 celebrates the Third Annual New York State Cider Revival.
Robert LaValva studied urban planning and architecture and worked for ten years as a planner for the City of New York, where he helped establish one of the country’s largest urban composting programs. He organized the first New Amsterdam Market in 2005, which has since grown into a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a public market to promote and sustain a thriving society of small businesses; responsible agriculture, fisheries, and food production; and equitable access to real food.
Admission $15 OHNY and Market members; $25 non-members.
Purchase tickets here.
OHNY Preview: Lakeside at Prospect Park
Saturday, December 7, 2013
openhousenewyork invites OHNY members to preview the new Lakeside Center at Prospect Park with landscape architect Christian Zimmerman. A return to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's original vision for Prospect Park, Lakeside seamlessly blends into the surrounding parkland. The 25,000 sq ft facility--designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with landscape design by Christian Zimmerman--is nestled into the landscape, with new hills and green roofs that visitors can walk on. A monumental canopy levitates over a 30,000 sq ft rink for ice-skating in the winter and roller skating in the summer. Lakeside is a welcome reclamation of the southeast shore of park's lake, with a new facility for contemporary recreational needs that also celebrates Prospect Park's serenity and natural wonder.
Christian Zimmerman FASLA has led the Lakeside project for the Prospect Park Alliance as the Vice President for Design & Construction since 1990. He has overseen the revitalization and restoration of the 585 acres that comprise the Park, the adjacent Parade Ground and Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, which include over $120 million in capital projects.
This event is limited to OHNY members only. Admission is free. Reserve tickets here.
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