Brooklyn Utopias, Old Stone House, Brooklyn
Climate Justice Banners
Aug. 20 - Oct. 18, 2020

For Jane Jacobs Lives Here, I resurrect the activist spirit of Jane Jacobs, having her inhabit the Old Stone House (OSH) and once again confront Robert Moses (who played a central role in rebuilding OSH and its grounds); this time the struggle is about his decision to scrap a planned bike/pedestrian path on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge although one was originally planned. I combine images of the Verrazzano, that I made in my Bay Ridge neighborhood, with Jane Jacobs’ quotes from her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, that she was writing around the same time as Moses decided to eliminate the Verrazzano bike/pedestrian path.

Banners and flyers

A crucial part of the project is a QR code on flyers that link to my petition, asking people to support one of the Verrazzano's 13 lanes becoming a bike/pedestrian path, as proposed by Bike South Brooklyn - an activist bike group that I co-founded. Here is the first person to scan the QR code from my flyers on the fence, done while I was installing my work with a friend.

Opening night of Jane Jacobs Lives here - with Bay Ridge friends and flyers.

Jane Jacobs Lives Here, outside and inside the Old Stone House - on fence and on on top of the piano, along with my flyers for scheduled visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic

Climate Justice Flyers

I placed a total of 88 flyers on the fence, going all around the house and grounds.

Please sign!
Flyer #2
Bridge lane proposal by Bike South Brooklyn
Please scan!

I created different versions and sizes of the QR code that links to petition and is on my flyers - all scannable.

Jane Jacobs in front of large QRC print
Large QRC print in my studio
Off exhibition-site flyering, in my neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
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Off exhibition-site flyering, in the Rockaways
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My Green Harbor Ride post on Instagram

As part of my Green Harbor Ride event, I collected petition signatures via my flyers. Event took place simultaneously with New York Bike Jumble which meant I was surrounded by bike enthusiasts at the Old Stone House.

My set-up with flyers and serving pre-packaged snacks only, due to the Covid pandemic

Sep. 12, arrive to Old Stone House between 1PM-3PM
Destination address: 336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

I've organized Green Harbor Ride as part of a multifaceted struggle to get a bike/pedestrian lane on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge - creating a greener NYC harbor. Join by riding your bike to The Old Stone House on September 12, arriving between 1PM - 3PM. Along the way, snap pics and tag them #GreenHarborRide, #BikeTheVerrazzano and #BrooklynUtopias2020.

Start off from wherever you prefer – Bike South Brooklyn is meeting at 12PM in front of Stand Gallery, 414 78th St, Brooklyn, NY 11209

My DIY User Manual - summarizing the local bike activism I have been doing since the start of 2016.

August 19, 2020

When no action was taken to implement the bike/pedestration lane on the Verrazzano even during a pandemic/shutdown, I realized there is no political will or support for this to happen and consequently created a petition addressing our state's governor.

Local bike folk hero
Aug. 14, 2020
May 13, 2016

As Chair of Transportation Alternatives South Brooklyn, I attended this meeting with Polly Trottenberg and the MTA along with Transportation Alternatives Staten Island. It was generally agreed that, during the summer, one of the 13 lanes on the Verrazzano Bridge would be tested to use as a bike/pedestrian lane. This has still not happened.