Liquid Assets: New York's Watersheds & Waterways

Liquid Assets: New York's Watersheds & Waterways

Liquid Assets: New York's Watersheds & Waterways

Brooklyn Heights
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Cobble Hill
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The Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan looks at water -- our city's most essential yet vulnerable natural asset. New York’s Future in a Changing Climate brings a series of conversations with leading voices and thinkers to propose how New York can adapt – and even thrive – as a coastal city in an age of rising waters.

In Liquid Assets: New York's Watersheds & WaterwaysVeteran New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer moderates a conversation with environmental artist Stacy Levy; Al Appleton, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper; and Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

What can New York City do to protect its drinking water supply and its recreational waters in the coming decades? How is that supply affected by climate change, and what must we do to adapt? It is a deep dive into NYC's complex water systems, which powerfully illustrate our city's dependency on - and symbiotic relationship to - its larger regional environment and economy. 

Jim Dwyer (moderator) has spent most of his professional life covering the city as a reporter, columnist and author. He joined the Times in 2001 and has written the "About New York" column since 2007. The winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and a co-recipient of the 1992 Pulitzer for breaking news, Dwyer is also the author or co-author of six books. Stacy Levy collaborates directly with natural processes like tides, erosion, plant growth, wind direction and rain. She creates large-scale sculpture installations to show the presence of nature in the city. Her projects often float on urban rivers and lakes, or are embedded into parking lots and streets. Many of her recent projects utilize storm water runoff, to make rainwater an asset to the site. Riverkeeper works to protect the Hudson River and the drinking water supplies for nine million New Yorkers.

Afterwards, visit the Future City Lab and join us for a drink in the Rotunda, where Valerie Green/Dance Entropy will perform an excerpt from "Impermanent Landscape," an immersive dance piece that captures the transient nature of living in an ever-changing urban environment. Speak with representatives from Earth Day Initiative to find out how you can green your lifestyle through simple, impactful changes.

$25 for adults | $20 for seniors, students, and educators (with ID) | $15 for Museum Members. Includes Museum admission. To purchase tickets, click here.



Dance Entropy is a New York City-based modern dance company founded in 1998 that performs in NYC, and tours and teaches both domestically and abroad. Dance Entropy supports the vision of Artistic Director Valerie Green, who creates stage and site-specific work. A significant part of the company’s mission is to use creation, performance, and education in locations and communities where the content of the work will have the greatest impact. Dance Entropy abstracts the potential chaos of the body and creates order through expressive movement reflecting the world within which we live. The word “entropy” refers to the tendency towards disorder in a social system and chaos in motion.

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.