“Crude World,” Major Deegan and a New Politics of Movement

Ever wonder how the oil extraction industry affects indigenous
peoples and environments in places like Nigeria, Russia, Venezuela and
the U.S.? Peter Maass’ engaging, detailed reporting in "Crude
answers that question. This week, he is swinging through his
hometown for three back-to-back speaking engagements at the Strand, CUNY and Revenue Watch. Be sure to catch one of them. Here’s more of what’s happening on this week’s super-packed calendar:

  • Monday: Just announced on Friday — The New York State DOT
    is giving a presentation and taking public comments on the rehabilitation of the Major Deegan Expressway in the South Bronx. The rehab project includes an exit ramp extension that would affect pedestrian access to the Harlem River waterfront. Hearing runs
    from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Presentations at 4:30 and 7:00.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: NYC DOT will hold public hearings on ways to reduce traffic congestion on Brooklyn’s Church Avenue and White Plains Road in the Bronx. 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Barnard College hosts a panel entitled "Rights of Way: A New
    Politics of Movement in NYC
    ." "With the recent turn to pedestrian
    zones, bike lanes and greenways in New York and in many cities around
    the world," the flyer notes, "there is a growing sense that a new kind
    of urbanism is possible, one no longer dominated by the culture and
    politics of the automobile." 6:30 p.m. Also Thursday: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other elected officials host a town hall forum on idling tour buses and charter buses on the West Side. 7 p.m.
  • Friday: The Open Planning Project hosts a workshop on using Web 2.0 for
    wider citizen involvement in civic life. How can new opportunities be
    leveraged for use in city planning? What are the emerging
    technologies that will make this possible? What are the bureaucratic,
    logistical, or social issues that need to be addressed in considering
    these ideas? 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: The Brooklyn Waldorf School holds its annual
    Scoothathon in Prospect Park (10 a.m.) and the New York Transit Museum is offering a tour of the Brooklyn Broadway Elevated — the J line
    (11 a.m.).
  • Next Monday, Nov. 16: Hunter College is holding
    a day-long conference on New York City’s environmental challenges.
    Among the speakers: Owen Gutfreund, who will talk about transportation

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.



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