In 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation declared Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront one of America’s 11 most endangered places:
“…historic dockyards and factories are being demolished by developers anxious to cash in on the area’s newly hip status. For more than a century, the New York City region was one of this country’s dominant manufacturing hubs. . . . Brooklyn was the city’s industrial center with scores of maritime operations, factories, warehouses, and sugar refineries. . . . what’s left of that striking architectural and historical legacy is now at risk.”
How do we preserve and celebrate the historical past in the face of inevitable change? What does it mean to preserve buildings and the physical fabric, when ways of life, work, and play have changed so drastically? Come join us Along the Shore as we explore these questions through the landmarks of Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront.
The first session of Along the Shore: Changing and Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront, a week long NEH Landmarks workshop will begin on Sunday June 6th and run through Saturday June 12th and the second will run from Sunday, June 20th through Saturday, June 26th, 2010.
To learn more about the workshop, go to: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/alongtheshore.