May 3, 2014

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Under the elevated
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway
United States

On Saturday May 3rd, as part of the 8th Annual Earth Day Rockaway event taking place under the elevated A train at Beach 59th Street, Rebuild by Design will showcase initiatives to make the Rockaways more resilient in response to future storms and in everyday life.

The event will feature seating, tables, and other structures that help create an inviting gathering space, designed and built by youth affiliated with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Rockaway Youth Task Force in collaboration with visiting architect Alex Gilliam. An outdoor exhibit will feature design proposals to protect and strengthen communities in the Rockaways, including strategies for the Beach 116th commercial corridor, developed by HR&A Advisors with Cooper, Robertson, one of ten design teams participating in Rebuild by Design. The exhibit also will include proposals for sites across the peninsula by students from Pratt Institute.

These activities are part of Scale it Up, a series of five public programs to promote resiliency in Sandy-affected communities throughout the region. Organized by Van Alen Institute in collaboration with dozens of local partners, Scale it Up events have featured a parade in Asbury Park, NJ; bike tours in Bridgeport, CT; interactive workshops in the Lower East Side; and a large-scale model of an oyster reef in Staten Island.

Earth Day Rockaway is produced by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and its partner organizations.