Category Archives: workshop

Newtown Creek wrapup

Thanks to Eric Sanderson of The Welikia Project and Kate Zidar from the Newtown Creek Alliance for illuminating discussion of the Newtown Creek’s unique landscape, history & post-industrial challenges — and for pointing out avenues for future engagement.  Also many thanks to Flux Factory for hosting the event, as part of their yearlong educational intiative: The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides?

Thanks in particular to Christina Vassallo, Douglas Paulson and Lacey Tauber from Flux, and to all of the concerned citizens and neighbors who came out to the event.

Eric Sanderson with historic Newtown Creek map

7/26/12: Newtown Creek – Past, Present Future | Eric Sanderson and Kate Zidar

Thursday, July 26th 7-9PM
Flux Factory workshop in partnership with SP Weather Station

Newtown Creek: Past, Present, Future
with Eric Sanderson, Wildlife Conservation Society’s Welikia Project
and Kate Zidar, Newtown Creek Alliance 

Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
Free and open to the public

SPWS is pleased to partner with Flux Factory on the third workshop in Flux’s yearlong initiative, The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides? This ongoing monthly series invites New Yorkers to effectively envision and enact their advocacy skills through open dialogue, and to unpack the assumptions that frame how we address neighborhood concerns.

The July workshop will focus on Newtown Creek: one of the most polluted industrial sites in America, bordering Flux Factory’s Long Island City neighborhood. Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Welikia Project will share historical research he’s collected on the creek and surrounding watershed, with the aim of making information available to artists, designers, city planners, and other interested parties for widespread use in restoring its original splendor. Kate Zidar, Executive Director of Newtown Creek Alliance, will present information on the current state of the creek, including how community members can participate in materializing visions for its future.

The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides? will continue into 2013 with workshops on urban agriculture, historic preservation, sustainable transportation, and other topics near and dear to New Yorkers. If you have an idea for a workshop, please email christina[at]fluxfactory[dot]org.

This educational initiative is organized by Christina Vassallo, Douglas Paulson and Lacey Tauber. It is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Welikia Project’s work on Newtown Creek is supported by the NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund administered through the Hudson River Foundation.

Sunday 4/26: Queens International 4 Closing Party!

The Queens International 4 closes Sunday, April 26th!

We would like to thank all of the collaborators* who participated in the SP Weather Station installation at the Queens Museum.

There is a full program of events for the closing day including SP Weather Station: Weather Sounds in the Panorama of the City of New York from 2-3 pm.  Please see the full schedule below, we hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 26th 12-6pm
Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
for details/directions:
(open to the public / museum admission is $5 suggested donation)

QI4 Closing Extravaganza
Headlined by Future Shock, an Indo-Caribbean crew with thumping sound system bikes, QMA and Transportation Alternatives invite bike gangs, art bikes, bike advocacy groups, modders, bike clubs and bike crews (including Lightwheels, Mexican Pride, Transalt, Bike NY, C.L.I.M.B., City Reliquary Bike Club and others) to close the Queens International 4 with a bang!
[If you are biking out and want company riding to QMA, you can do the museum to museum ride with the City Reliquary Bike Club, departing CR (370 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg) at 2pm.]

Schedule of events:
12-4pm: NYC DOT Helmet giveaway
1-3pm: Learn to Ride – Kids 5+ class with Bike NY
1-3pm: Take part in Derick Melander’s Into the Fold project in QMA galleries
2-3pm: SP Weather Station: Weather Sounds in the Panorama
2-3pm: Whitney ISP alum Ryan Humphrey talk in Large Theater
2:30-3:30: Future Shock leads a bike rally around the park
3-6: Tim Thyzel boat launch and discovery of The Undiscovered Atoll of Flushtopia with Anti-Fascist Culture Club (via trolley ride to Meadow Lake!)
3-6pm: happy hour in QMA cafe (while supplies last)
3-5pm: BMX pros ride Ryan Humphrey’s installation Fast Forward
3-6pm: Tabling in Tents Outside Museum: Lightwheels, Transalt, Bike NY, C.L.I.M.B.(Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists), Green Map System, Mexican Pride, The Undiscovered Atoll of Flushtopia Tourist Bureau, Okamoto Studio ice carving, and Ixrael’s mobile printmaking workshop
4:30-6: Bands Play: Shining Mantis, Tough Slutting, Unstoppable Death Machines, Elextra, Karahatu (outside, by the Unisphere)
Ongoing: Chin Chih Yang Trash Sculpture3

*SP Weather Station’s participation in the Queens International 4 features contributions from: Leah Beeferman, Natalie Campbell, Susan Goethel Campbell, Carrie Dashow, Mike Estabrook, Neil Freeman, Richard Garrison, Michael Geminder, Isaac Gertman, Vandana Jain, Katarina Jerinic, Daniel Larson, Bridget Lewis, Lize Mogel, Heidi Neilson, Chris Petrone, Sarah Nicole Phillips, Andrea Polli, Chuck Varga, Jing Yu, Liz Zanis; lectures have featured Isaac Gertman, Kenneth Goldsmith, Nathalie Miebach, and Jane D. Marsching.  More info:

extreme weather snowglobe workshop

Lots of productive activity at yesterday’s Extreme Weather Snowglobe workshop as a part of Eyebeam’s ‘Holiday Hackshop 2008.’