CRP’s first-year graduate students tour NYC neighborhoods and waterways
Fifty-four CRP students led by faculty members Michael Tomlan, Arturo Sanchez, and John Reps, traveled to New York City in March for the annual first-year graduate students field trip to explore neighborhoods, interact with alumni, and gain an understanding of the planning efforts, economic forces, and the political and historical aspects that shape the city.
The group took a tour of the Brooklyn waterfront by water taxi, which offered a unique view of the city’s development and understanding of maritime planning projects. Andrew Genn (B.S. URS ’89) of New York City Economic Development Corporation, led the tour and explained that one of the goals of the maritime division is to encourage the use of waterways for the transport of goods around the city. He noted that one waterborne shipping vessel would take a multiplied number of trucks off of New York’s congested highways.
“Touring the Brooklyn waterfront with the M.R.P. and [Historic Preservation Planning] students solidified so many of the planning skills I learned as a URS student,” Genn says. “Learning comes from sharing. Being able to talk about my projects in real-time to planning students resulted in a stream of little epiphanies connecting my educational experiences to my professional career.”
An evening reception was hosted by Bob Balder (B.S. URS ’89) at Gensler in Manhattan. Approximately 25 CRP alumni introduced themselves, discussed their work, and networked with students. Also on the busy two-day trip, the group toured the Brooklyn Army Terminal where students learned about the industrial history of the neighborhood and the role that shipping industries have played in the development of Brooklyn’s waterfront and took several walking tours through neighborhoods such as Harlem/Columbia University district, the lower west side and meatpacking district, lower Manhattan, and Jackson Heights.