• Losing a Great Artist/Departing Work – Francis Sills

    Brooklyn is about to lose a great painter to South Carolina, but before he goes, Francis Sills has provided new works featuring the Gowanus area. Recently, on his blog, he posted canvas pieces depicting the Gowanus Canal. These pieces match the traditional style he presented at Positively 9th Street earlier this year. What really makes these pieces interesting is how Mr. Sills shows an industrial area and manages to creates a motion with the limited natural elements. In these works the water and sky almost match in their color and fluid motion. Although, the natural elements are just part of the composition they seem to dance against the colorful angles of the industrial buildings illustrated. We hope that his paintings are shown in South Brooklyn sometime before his departure or that he comes back in the near future to capture the changing neighborhood.

    Please take a moment to check out his blog here

    and his website: www.FrancisSills.com


    *Related Articles:

    Positively 9th Street – Online Exhibition



  • St. John’s to have Urban River Restorations: Gowanus Canal…Discussion.

    St. John’s School of Law School of Law CLE Program to have panel and discussion on Urban River Restoration: Gowanus Canal & Newtown Creak.
    Urban Rivers Restoration: The Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just completed negotiations for the cleanup of the Hudson River, the largest environmental dredging project ever. EPA is also collaborating with over 70 potentially responsible parties to investigate and clean up the Passaic River. Now the same process is beginning for the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, two City waterways that present unique challenges.
    The panel will share lessons from the Hudson and Passaic River restoration projects that may guide the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek reclamation process, including:
    The need for coordination among all interested parties
    Impacts on area development
    Technical challenges in identifying pollution, parties, and remediation methods
    Negotiation and litigation strategies
    Miriam E. Villani, Esq.
    Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC
    Walter Mugdan
    Director, Division of Environmental Planning and Protection
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
    Paul Gallay
    Executive Director and Hudson Riverkeeper
    Riverkeeper, Inc.
    Jeffrey B. Gracer, Esq.
    Sive Paget & Riesel, PC
    March 31, 2011
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    School of Law | Mattone Family Atrium | 4th Floor
    This program qualifies for two (2) non-transitional CLE credits. The CLE fee is $50. Please complete the CLE Payment Form and return it as directed.
    Claire McKeever
    Assistant Dean for CLE and Alumni Relations
    (718) 990-6006
    More on St. Johns Unversity at new.stjohns.edu
  • A Pie Bakes in Brooklyn – Rachel’s Pies in Gowanus

    Rachel’s not your everyday baker…she’s learned from the best, her two grandmothers, which something no school can ever teach you. This genetic love of baking has led her on a quest to make the perfect pie. She is now taking orders for the Easter and for everyday pie consumption. Cause everyday is a pie day!
    See her site at: Rachels-Pies.com
    *With the addition of Rachel’s Pies, we hope Gowanus becomes the Pie Capital of the world.
  • Gowanus Lowline Competition Extended

    You still have a chance to make some dough for your design of the Gowanus Lowline(original report here). The competition dates have been extended.
    Registration deadline was originally 4/1/2011, but now is 5/1/2011
    Submission Deadline was 4/17/2011 and now is 5/27/2011
    Make a difference in America’s, soon to be, most famous Canal, the Gowanus.
    Gowanus Lowline is sort of like the HighLine, but on the ground and better. The design competition aims to redo the look of the waterway in order to reconnect it with the surrounding urban environment.

    “Gowanus Crossings is an international ideas competition, which invites speculation on the value of urban development of postindustrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, pedestrian-oriented architecture that either passively or actively engages with the canal and the surrounding watershed. This competition focuses on the design of connections in and around the canal, and the residual moments around these connections. These may relate to the east west crossings and/or the north south corridor that defines the Canal and upland.

    First Prize gets: $1000.00
    Second Prize gets: $500.00
    More details and other cool stuff at GowanusLowline.org
    Discovered via: UrbanPlacesAndSpaces.org

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