Baruch College Presents Public Forum on Future of Gowanus Canal

“Reconsidering Gowanus” will be held on May 12 at Brooklyn Borough Hall; Panelists Include NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Report on Gowanus Canal Neighborhood Will be Released

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On Wednesday, May 12, Baruch College’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute presents a public forum, “Reconsidering Gowanus,” on the many issues facing the Gowanus Canal area in light of its recent designation by the EPA as a Superfund site. While the environmental degradation of the Gowanus area has drawn much attention of late, the area’s enormous economic and development potential has been overlooked. At this event, Baruch College brings together an array of prominent community, real estate and business leaders for a discussion about Gowanus Canal—the problems, the solutions and the great promise that Gowanus holds. A report from the Newman Institute on the Gowanus Canal area, “Reconsidering Gowanus: Opportunities for the Sustainable Transformation of an Industrial Neighborhood,” which looks at demographic trends in the area and makes recommendations for development, will be released at the event. For more information, please visit: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/realestate.

WHAT: “Reconsidering Gowanus: Opportunities for the Sustainable Transformation of an Industrial Neighborhood” FREE TO THE PUBLIC

WHEN: Wednesday, May 12, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn (Take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to the Borough Hall Station in Brooklyn. Borough Hall is on Joralemon between Court and Adams streets.) Note: Enter Borough Hall from the back of the building.

WHO:
-- Bill Appel, Executive Director, Gowanus Canal Community Development Corp.
-- Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director, Fifth Avenue Committee
Honorable Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate, New York City
-- Carl Hum, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
-- Purnima Kapur, Director, Brooklyn Office, NYC Dept. of City Planning
Honorable Brad Lander, City Council Member, NYC District 39
-- Honorable Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President
-- Thomas McMahon, President, TLM Associates, LLC
-- Maria Pagano, President, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Assoc. (invited)
-- Stuart Pertz, Architect and Planning Professional
-- Rosemary Scanlon, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Schack Institute
-- Harry Schwartz, Planning and Development Consultant
-- Hilary Semel, Real Estate, Evnironmental and Construction Law, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt, LLP
-- Daniel Wiley, Community Coordinator, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, 12th Congressional District

CONTACT: Jennifer Pauly;
                646-660-6129;
                Jennifer.pauly@baruch.cuny.edu