Next City and NYC Metro Urban Sustainability Happy Hour

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Whether you are a NY native or just in town for the New York Times Cities for Tomorrow conference (, catch up with the good folks from Next City ( and the NYC Metro Urban Sustainability crew Tuesday, July 11th for a happy hour at Stitch.

If you are thinking about applying for the Next City Vanguard Australia Program ( this should be a good venue to help you decide, as many Next City staff and Vanguard alum will be on hand to speak with.

[Note: the location change to Stitch in the Garment District]

Cash Bar, however snacks will be provided by the Cities Program of The American Assembly (

***Please join our virtual town hall ( on the future of the NYC Metro Urban Sustainability Meetup-you can participate now via this [link] (***


Next City ran a good summary last week of an interesting neighborhood effort going on in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Feel free to check it out (link below) in advance of the meetup – we’ll certainly be prepared to discuss. (

In short, a nonprofit (the Gowanus Canal Conservancy) and an architectural firm have teamed up on a visioning framework. They want to guide development at the canal and, really, across much of the surrounding neighborhood. And Next City’s Jen Kinney reports that the visioning effort – The Gowanus Lowlands – will be followed by a more detailed master planning process.

The City’s been talking about rezoning Gowanus and this is interesting timing. There may be a few wrinkles to the visioning effort, among them the waterfont-specific sections of the City’s zoning code. There’s lots there to discuss – the use of urban canopies, bicycle safety, bioswales, et cetera.