Bronx River Crossing

If tomorrow’s next week’s meet-up, tour and potluck picnic along the Grand Concourse whets your appetite for more Bronx explorations, then come back Thursday afternoon to behold an impressive flotilla navigating down the Bronx River. Bronx River Crossing (BRX) is a project of Van Alen Institute New York Prize winners Alexander Levi and Amanda Schachter. They have been working since January 2009 to with over 100 Bronx high school students and their teachers, local community leaders, and architecture students and practitioners in and around New York City to design and build a floating, large-scale model of the Lower Bronx River Watershed. Come to Hunt’s Point Riverside Park for the docking and celebration. Or walk along the banks as participants get their float on. Here’s the Van Alen’s write-up:

Made from recovered materials including 3,000 used MetroCards, 30 broken umbrellas, 2,000 plastic bottles, 300 sycamore burrs, and 50 PVC window frames hauled off a demolition site, the model will be assembled and launched on June 11 from 219th Street into the Bronx River, accompanied by a thirty-canoe-strong flotilla of the BRX participants responsible for its creation. After spending the previous night camping out along the river, the group will guide the giant watershed model downstream and pull ashore at Hunts Point Riverside Park for a public presentation and reception. (Click HERE for a downloadable map of the BRX course).

BRX complements current ongoing efforts for environmental reclamation by local activists and inspires prolonged collaborative design investigation that will strengthen links across neighborhoods, institutions and public space along the river. Summoning a broad-based community and culling material from the city fabric itself, Levi and Schachter physically activate and recast the Lower Bronx River Watershed as the ecological and social spine of the borough. The BRX Watershed model displays both seen and unseen elements of the region-including the historical ecology of the watershed, neighborhoods, buildings, transportation infrastructures, storm water and sewer networks, the Greenway and other open public space, and a range of evidence and concepts gathered from the personal itineraries of BRX participants. Following its launch down the river, the model is planned to tour Bronx schools in Fall 2009.

PUBLIC RECEPTION
Please join Alexander Levi, Amanda Schachter, and the BRX participants for a reception at Hunts Point Riverside Park in the Bronx as they share experiences of their efforts from the initial planning and mapping stages through model-building, flotation, and final launch. Presentations will begin at 3:00pm, and the Bronx Watershed Model will remain on view at the park until 6:00pm. No RSVP necessary.

Directions to Hunts Point Riverside Park: Take the 6 Train to Hunts Point Ave. Transfer to the Bx6 Bus, and get off at the intersection of Spofford Ave and Halleck St. Walk 1 block north on Halleck, and turn right onto Lafayette/Hunts Point Riverside Park. Travel time is approximately 1 hour from Union Square.

RIVER WALK
For anyone interested in viewing the BRX Watershed Model from the riverbanks while it floats downstream, Levi and Schachter have provided a map and timeline with suggested stopping points. To download the map, click HERE. A guided walk may be organized in the coming days; if you would like to participate, please rsvp@vanalen.org and we will notify you of availability.

BRX PARTICIPANTS
Participating schools and institutions include Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Pablo Neruda Academy for Architecture and World Studies, Urban Workshop, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture, and Fordham University. Additional project support provided by the Bronx River Alliance, New York City Urban Park Rangers, NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Bureau of Topography of the Office of the Bronx Borough President, and the St Joan of Arc Church. Special thanks to all students, collaborators, and team leaders. See below for a complete list: Participating BRX Students Alexander Levi and Amanda Schachter divided the Lower Bronx Watershed into four regions of study – Estuary, Saltmarsh, Upland, and Freshmarsh – and assigned a team of high school and university students to each. The four teams met weekly throughout Spring 2009 to plan and build one section each of the Lower Bronx Watershed model.


Estuary
Led by Colin Cathcart, Aslihan Demirtas, and Joyce Huang

Fordham University Department of Visual Arts
Elyse Santoro
Tim Schwartz
Kathleen Adams
David Cheng
Maggie Best
Stewart Pugsley

Pablo Neruda Academy for Architecture and World Studies
Marquis Turpin
Eleanor Scott
Dannaline Cooper
Adora Palmer
Alex DeHerrerra
Thalia Ferriera
Chelsea Crespo
Anthony McCormick
Moises Arias
Tariq Brown
Lashawn Thomas
Karissa Core
Jayram Figueroa
Carlos Pimentel
Evy Santiago
Kairini Romero

Saltmarsh
Led by Amanda Schachter and Marc Skelton; Special thanks to Moji Baratloo

Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Urban Planning and Preservation, Master of Urban Design
Marielly Casanova
Nuala Gallager
Amardeep Labana
Daniel Montes
Ashley Spatafiore

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Katherine Valverde
Tamara Williams
Cherilyn Diaz
Nyraisha Epps
Rafael Casiano
Ray Torres
Jon Banks
Deron Vaughn
Amanda Riveria
Josh Medrano
Anastasia Shivers
Mio Morales
Sherika Mitchell
Delliah Gonzalez
Rezwana Matin
Vanessa
Nondas Sable

Upland
Led by Alexander Levi and Stephen Oliveira; Special thanks to Anthony Schuman

New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture
Chris Ruel
Matt Lynch
Brian Veneri
Jonathan Hincapie

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
Andre Rivera
Rosa
Maylee
Kevin Ortiz
Lamar
Anthony
Angel
Mario
Maria

At Large
Chris Kannen
Tatiana Shabat

Freshmarsh
Led by Amanda Schachter, Dan Morgenroth, Jonas Schantz, and Caroline Suh

Fordham University Department of Visual Studies
Gabriella Labrowska
Roisin Grzegorzewski
Dominic Carrico
Alana Daley
Ryan Walsh
Kelly Sosa

Urban Workshop
Andrew Regis
Antonio Santiago
Azalea Holly
Blanca Torres
Enrique Martinez
Brandon Solano
Devon Elliott
Emily Cardona
Emily Rivera
Frankie Roman
Irvando Crooks
Lexus Chavis
Max Mejia
Mykel Foreman
Naomy Bautista
Raynus Eugene
Shalika Buchelli
Sheldon Downs



2 Responses to “Bronx River Crossing”

  1. Mayer says:

    SO HAPPY AND PROUD OF YOU………..

    BEST
    Mayer Chomer

  2. Miriam Ventura says:

    Tremendo, Fantastic!!.

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