Ever wanted to learn about the ecological history of the Bushwick Inlet area?
Well, here’s your chance.
On Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m., Dr. Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society is discussing his latest research of historical ecology of the inlet.
The talk will put into context the nature goals for the city, and how everyday people can help improve the future ecology of their neighborhoods.
Here’s a brief description from the event page:
“Given the rush to develop the East River shore, one might think the high rises sprouting like mushrooms are inevitable, even natural, but that would be to misread the long-term history of this precious and productive part of the shore. There were times when reeds were more populous than people and migrating waterfowl rather than millennials flocked to Greenpoint. Although those times may be passed, the ecology of that time helps us understand what the future could be.”
Learn more about the importance of fungi on Saturday, October 21 at the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof.
The “Intro to Mycology” workshop will be led by expert Craig Tester.
Here’s a brief description of the workshop:
Fungi are the keystone species that interconnect every facet of life in our world. This class will highlight the supreme influence these ancient and often overlooked organisms have upon our health, society, and environment, and also provide a succinct peek into the Fungal Queendom from the perspectives of ecology, anthropology, pharmacology, and bioremediation.
The workshop will also feature a component that teaches attendees how to perform low-tech and low-cost mushroom cultivation techniques that can be replicated at home.
The event will begin with a tour of the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof.
It looks like the BQX streetcar is happening after all, but you’ll have to wait a decade to hop on.
Earlier today, the de Blasio administration announced that it will move forward with the light rail project, after it completed a two-year feasibility study.
The BQX, or Brooklyn-Queens Connector, is projected to serve half a million riders living along the waterfront, including 40,000 NYCHA tenants.
The new route will connect Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn and Red Hook. Sunset Park originally was the terminus, but the city excluded the neighborhood from the new route.
Construction and implementation is expected to cost $2.73 billion. Officials say the project will generate $30 billion of economic impact. The city previously believe they could pay for it with increased property values, but will now seek federal funding.
Luckily, the head of the Friends of BQX is none other than Jessica Schumer, daughter of Senator Chuck Schumer.
An environmental impact study will begin in January, followed by the long public land use process in 2020. If all goes according to plan (and who knows if it will), construction will begin in 2024 and be complete by 2029.
So get ready, Greenpoint residents. A streetcar named BQX may be coming after all!