Our 2017 Annual Meeting was a huge success, thanks to the BHA members and community residents who filled the auditorium at St. Francis College on February 27th! You can watch YouTube videos of the panel discussion on the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) Streetcar Project and of the BHA’s Community Awards presentations here. And be sure to follow us on our new YouTube page.
The BQX panel discussion was led by Jim Dwyer, author of the “About New York” column in the New York Times and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. The panelists were David Bragdon, Executive Director of Transit Center, Inc.; Candace Brakewood, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at City College; Benjamin Kabak, Associate at Loeb & Loeb and Blogger at 2nd Ave. Sagas; and Samuel Stein, PHD student at CUNY Graduate Center. While all panelists recognized the need for better transit solutions for New York City, and particularly for those communities not currently well served by our subway and bus network, they were highly skeptical of the rationale for the City’s plan to invest billions of dollars in the BQX’s proposed waterfront route from Sunset Park, Brooklyn to Astoria, Queens. From their own diverse perspectives, they agreed that there are less costly and potentially much more effective approaches to meeting the needs of the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront communities than what the BQX will deliver, and further, that there are other communities in the outer borough that have much greater need for the City’s transit investments.
The YouTube video encompasses a brief overview of the proposed project and the 45-minute panel discussion and Q&A.
Community Service Awardees were Irene Janner, long-time community activist; Love Our Pool: Families United for a Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park; Pier 6 Litigation Team: Judi Francis, Henry “Ren” Richmond, and Jenner & Block; and Seth Phillips, Principal of PS8/MS8, who received the Martha Atwater Award.
Videography by Steve de Sève. All Photos by Andrew Porter