Journalist Ray Suarez to Kick Off Jane Jacobs Lecture Series at the Museum at Eldridge

Jane Jacobs lecture series at Museum at Eldridge

Our friends at the Museum at Eldridge Street are partnering with the Center For the Living City to present a yearlong commemorative lecture series dedicated to author and urban activist Jane Jacobs.  They write:

This May 4, 2016 marks the centennial of… Jane Jacob’s birth (1916-2006). Through her writing and advocacy Jane Jacobs changed the way the people view and understand cities. She supported local wisdom over distant expertise, took on power brokers like Robert Moses, and wrote landmark works on urban planning, including The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

To celebrate Jane Jacob’s life and work, the Museum at Eldridge Street in partnership with the Center for the Living City will present a yearlong commemorative lecture series featuring prominent thinkers from the architecture, preservation, writing and urban design worlds. Broadcast journalist Ray Suarez who will kick off the series on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 pm, Jane Jacobs birthday. Suarez, author of three books including The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, will speak on Jacob’s legacy.

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Ray Suarez // 12 Eldridge St. // Weds., May 4, 2016 // 6:30 p.m. // Pay What You Wish // RSVP HERE


Rosie Mendez Releases Statement on SPURA

Councilwoman Rosie Mendez has released this statement regarding last night’s vote to approve the Seward Park redevelopment guidelines:

“Although the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area is not in my Council District, I want to add my voice to the many others in praise of a process that has resulted in guidelines for the land’s redevelopment.  Anyone who has been involved in the Lower East Side community during almost half a century was aware of the controversy that left a huge parcel of highly valuable land standing idle for far too long.  Over the years, very disparate opinions have sometimes been expressed with anger and a lack of respect, and it was not easy for all of that to be overcome.  But the process which Community Board #3 began and which was open to broad participation by all aspects of the community, and was aided by City agencies and facilitated by a skilled urban planner, has resulted in a compromise.  I join with many others who wish we could get even more affordable housing from the site, but salute all who were able to agree to find a middle ground to move a process forward.