Here are two upcoming events that may be of interest to the waterfront community:
1) I recently posted about the plans to develop Brooklyn’s Four Sparrow Marsh. A tip of the hat goes to Matthew Wills for the date, time, and place for the rescheduled public meeting to discuss the plans:
February 7 (Correction: February 17), 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kings Plaza Community Room, 5100 Kings Plaza. Matthew has a ton of information about the marsh and the development plans on his blog.
2) The Working Harbor Committee presents its Annual Winter Film Evening and Panel. At 6:00 p.m. on March 20 at the Community Church of New York (40 East 35h Street), there will be a screening of the documentary Shipping Out: The Story of America’s Seafaring Women. The film “explores the history, mythologies and attitudes which limited women’s participation in seafaring until recent times.” The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are available here.
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Four Sparrow Marsh is in Brooklyn, squeezed between Toys “R” Us and the Belt Parkway. I’ve boated and driven past it innumerable times and never thought it was anything more than a patch of undeveloped land probably full of old cars and trash.
But it turns out that it’s home to more than sixteen bird species, including four species of sparrow—salt-marsh, song, swamp, and savannah. Hence the name.
It also turns out that it may not be undeveloped for long. Yesterday Karen sent me a link to New York City Audubon. There are plans to build the Four Sparrows Retail Center on the marsh. NYC Audubon is not categorically opposed to the development: “An appropriately designed retail project, with adequate buffers to protect this critical habitat and a design sensitive to the waterfront and to birds could be an asset to the city,” they say. A public meeting to discuss the project had been scheduled for January 11, but it was postponed. Click here for more information about the marsh and the project, and to find out the new date for the meeting (not yet known).
This afternoon I found myself near Four Sparrow Marsh, so I headed over with my camera and tromped around in the snow a bit.
A pale moon, just past first quarter, was rising:
Since I was already out-and-about and with cold feet, I decided to check out the nature trail at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, another place I’ve driven and boated by without stopping.
Here’s a parting shot of some cold ducks:
The Salt Marsh is worth checking out. I’ll be back when it’s warmer.
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