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Kate Orff & S CAPE: Are Oysters the Key to a Healthy Ecosystem? BY I LENE DUBE

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Too Pretty to Eat BY SAR AH EMI LY GI LBERT

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Roosevelt Island: Sloping Lawns and Skyline Views BY ANNE LEVI N

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Are oysters the key to a healthy ecosystem? BY ILENE DUBE

New York was once the oyster capital of the world. Oyster carts were as ubiquitous as hot dog stands, and our very streets were built over crushed oyster shells. But at the turn of the century, over-harvesting, poor water quality and habitat loss resulted in the plummeting population of the prized bivalve. The ecosystem the oyster was a part of played a critical role in protecting inland settlements from waves and flooding; its loss has resulted in increased vulnerability to rising sea levels.

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ate Orff, 44, a landscape architect and professor at Columbia University, is bringing these mothers of pearls back to the city. With her firm, SCAPE, she is working on a remedy that addresses both water quality issues and rising tides by using oyster beds. “The Eastern oyster is my new hero,” Orff said in a TED talk about harnessing the power of oysters, mussels, eelgrass and other harbor species. “A single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day… Many other species depend on them.” Polluted water enters one of end of the oyster and, after traveling through the oyster’s intricate digestive system, emerges at the other end as clean water. By “agglomerating into reef structures” the oysters “attenuate waves and address storm surges, and can also address sea level rise through cleaner and slower water,” Orff says. In 2014 SCAPE won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for Living Breakwaters, a plan to improve coastal resiliency around Staten Island by developing oyster habitats in Raritan Bay, located between New York and New Jersey. The project is part of the postSandy Rebuild by Design initiative and uses Orff’s creation, “oyster-tecture,” to protect Staten Island from future storms, revive maritime ecosystems, and better connect residents to the waterfront. Oysters become environmental partners and serve as a lens through which scientists, students and community members learn about the harbor. The project was awarded $60 million for implementation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. When Superstorm Sandy hit Staten Island, it destroyed lives, homes and parks, Orff reminds us. “There’s nothing like waves lapping at 14th Street to get people’s minds to shift about how you’re living in a city that is part of a larger environmental context.” Orff designs for the Anthropocene era—the epoch that began when human activities started to have a significant global impact on geology and ecosystems. Instead of a single levy, which can fail, oyster-tecture offers a layered system of dunes, tidal flats and living breakwaters with multiple levels of protection. It can

be replicated throughout the region, but is especially suited to south shore of Staten Island where, in the early 1900s, beaches were a popular recreation destination and fishermen harvested oysters and clams. Breakwaters—rocky-sloped walls that can dissipate destructive wave energy—protect the shoreline, reducing flooding before it gets to the sea wall. Oyster-tecture offers an opportunity for environmentally-conscious high school students to get their hands wet with real science, analyzing water samples, and enhancing the quality of life for Staten Islanders. “The big lesson for me has been in how the land and water have formed and mutually interact,” says Orff. “Oyster-tecture brings back some of the key species that were once part of our harbor.” The shoals provide nesting areas for migratory birds and horseshoe crabs whose endangered population leaves effects down the food chain—red knots, in turn, feed on horseshoe crab eggs. “The relationship of water to the cities is going to be a primary challenge in the next 50-300 years,” Orff continues. “Designing for climate change demands community participation. In our work on harbor resiliency we’ve collaborated with everyone from brain biologists to engineers, and what we’ve learned can be extrapolated to many places throughout the U.S.” And there is a social component to Rebuild by Design’s ecological regeneration— artists and community members will knit and weave the ropes onto which the bivalves agglomerate. Oyster-tecture garnered public recognition in 2010, when the Museum of Modern Art selected the project for its exhibition “Rising Currents.” Orff and her team looked at nurturing an active oyster culture around Brooklyn’s Red Hook. “A watery regional park for the New York Harbor emerges that prefigures the city’s return to the waterfront in the next century,” the MOMA proposal stated. An armature for the growth of native oysters and marine life was designed for the shallow waters of the Bay Ridge Flats just south of Red Hook. This living reef was constructed from a field of piles and a woven web of “fuzzy rope” that supported oyster and mussel growth and built a three-dimensional landscape mosaic.

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Orff holds up a thick black fuzzy rope made of a durable fiber, like the battle ropes used at the gym. Baby oysters glom on to the rope, she explains. Her watery future also included a flupsy (for “flowing upweller system”), or parade of oyster-filled boats along the Gowanus Bay. Flupsy—like an oyster nursery and a raft—can grow oysters underneath, and can be occupied by humans. Nutrient-rich water is drawn through the system, and chambers in the flupsy protect baby oysters from predators. Since the MOMA exhibit, Orff has been working to take oyster-tecture off the museum walls and into the Jamaica and Raritan Bays. Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, as well as climate projections, made the need dire. The project is now in a preconstruction phase, slated to be built by June 2019. Working with the New York Harbor School, the project is bringing together community and water, and involving the next generation of harbor stewards. Oyster restoration has become part of the state-based curriculum and high school students are seeding oyster beds. “All of the pieces are now coming together, including the permitting and funding,” says Orff. “It’s exciting that this incredibly complex project involving social life on shore, science, engineering and climate adaptation is coalescing and we can test the concept.” Although lobsters are also good at filtering water, lobsters have migrated northward as climate change has resulted in warmer New York waters. Orff has migrated northward as well. The Croftown, Maryland, native developed a passion for landscape and the environment while growing up near the Chesapeake Bay. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia in 1993 and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University in 1997, when she joined a small research group led by architect Rem Koolhaas focusing on the urbanization of Pearl River Delta. Orff now lives in Forest Hills, Queens, with her husband and two children. At Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Orff founded the Urban Landscape Lab, which went on to win an American Society of Landscape Architects award in 2010 for Safari 7, a self-

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guided tour of urban animal life along New York City’s No. 7 subway line, and was installed at Studio X and Grand Central Terminal. SCAPE’s projects range from a 1,000-square-foot pocket park in Brooklyn to a 100-acre environmental center in Greenville, S.C., and a 1,000-acre land fill regeneration project in Dublin, Ireland. Orff was listed by Elle magazine in 2011 as one of nine women “fixers” for mankind. She was named a Dwell Magazine Design Leader, and one of H&G’s 50 For the Future of Design. In 2014, she was recognized for her work designing the 103rd Street Community Garden, a winning site of Built by Women New York City, a competition launched by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation to identify outstanding and diverse sites and spaces designed, engineered and built by women. In 2015, she received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, which recognizes an American architect whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. Co-editor of the book Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park, about the Gateway National Recreation Area, a vast and underused tract of land spreading across the coastline of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey, Orff’s new book, Toward an Urban Ecology (Monacelli Press), is due out in July. Toward an Urban Ecology re-conceives urban landscape design as a form of activism, demonstrating how to move beyond familiar and increasingly outmoded ways of thinking about environmental, urban, and social issues, and advocating for a truly urban ecology. But don’t start salivating about Blue Points, Wellfleets and Kumamotos just yet—it could be another several decades before New York will once again produce oysters for eating. “Just as you need clean soil in which to farm, the harbor water has to be certified as clean for us to safely consume seafood from it,” Orff points out. “It’s an emotionally charged and touchy issue—federal regulations prohibit oyster restoration because of fear of people eating (contaminated) oysters. But I’m an optimist and would love to think that by 2050, Raritan Bay could be recertified. Until then, this is about the ecological benefits.”

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Too Pretty to Eat Thanks to Instagram, the gastronomic landscape of NYC has gotten a lot more colorful. by SARAH emily GILBERT

With over 400 million monthly active users sharing more than 80 million photos per day, Instagram is a social media force. Since Instagram’s advent in October 2010, we’ve been compelled to turn personal moments like watching a sunrise, opening a Birchbox, or getting engaged, into shared experiences. If there’s no photo of said horizon, makeup freebie, or ring uploaded to Instagram, is it as if the experience never happened? In a society that is increasingly turning to “virality” instead of reality, the answer is a resounding yes.

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he desire to create a visual diary on Instagram is particularly strong when it comes to food experiences. Users are sharing “foodstagrams” with their social media networks in unprecedented numbers. Other photo subjects might appeal to a niche audience, but an appetizing image of food has universal appeal, translating into many Instagram “likes.” The keyword here is appetizing. A customer armed with an iPhone can be a restaurateur’s marketing dream or nightmare, depending on the food photo’s quality. It’s not ideal to have your food establishment tagged in an Instragram shot of a scantily scooped ice cream cone or an insipid looking entrée, but when a foodie captures a menu-item’s “good side,” it becomes a free advertisement. In response to this Instagram craze, many food retailers are beautifying their food. While any edible can be primped and plated for a potential photo-op, desserts provide a unique opportunity for creativity. Other than being the key to every human’s heart, desserts are known for their indulgent ingredients and whimsical presentations. Since few are expecting to fulfill their daily nutrition requirements from a cupcake, food establishments are free to take their desserts to culinary heights. Literally. We’re

talking foot-tall milkshakes, rainbow-colored batter, edible metallic paint, and unconventional garnishes. After all, sparklers and dry ice are only appropriate when embracing the “go big or go home” approach to food presentation. Perhaps that’s why 18.3 per cent of food photos feature sweets and desserts according to Foodtrends infographic on Mashable. com. That’s more than any other food group. As places cater more to the eyes than the stomach, these over-the-top desserts can make you wonder if you’re meant to eat it or take a picture of it. But really, who cares? Food has never looked so good and we’re not complaining. As a culinary mecca, New York City takes the cake when it comes to the most overthe-top desserts. Photos of brightly colored confections held against the NYC skyline have cropped up everywhere on Instagram. As a result, the homes of these oft-Instagrammed desserts are overflowing with customers, clear proof of social media’s marketing power. Urban Agenda selected some of the most photogenic foods in New York City’s dessert scene, and we fully encourage you to feast your eyes on these edible works of art.

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115 Allen Street (at Hill & Dale bar); minimelanie.com$28/Box of 12 Truffles They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but what about diamond truffles? Melanie Moss, pastry chef and owner of Mini Melanie, offers these and other treats at her Hot Bread Kitchen station in Harlem. The boutique bakery, inspired by Moss’s childhood memories of sorting through her grandmother’s jewelry box while baking, creates gem-shaped cakes and truffles that taste as good as they look. The 3-inch confections are covered with chocolate, hand painted with metallic colors, and decorated with luster dust and other forms of what Moss calls “edible bling.” One of Mini Melanie’s most eye-catching desserts are the Funfetti Jewel Truffles that are filled with rainbow cake filling, covered in Belgian white chocolate, and painted with a shimmering rainbo

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Smorgasburg Food Market at the Brooklyn Flea Saturdays – 90 Kent Avenue & Sundays – Prospect Park (Inside); wowfulls.com $4-$8/Waffle Friends, Brooklynites, and Wowfull co-owners David Chan, Leanne Wong, and Peter Li are quickly turning a popular Hong Kong street food into a NYC favorite thanks to their post at the Smorgasburg food market. Their honeycombshaped “Wowfulls” are 1950s-style Hong Kong egg waffles known as Gai Dån Jai. The trio incorporates classic Asian flavors into their waffles like their Matcha Green Tea White Chocolate Chip Wowfull, topped with ice cream, mochi, and Green Tea Pocky. Other flavors include the Original Gai Dån Jai Egg Waffle, the Chocolate Wowfull, and the New York Pizza Wowfull. The sweeter varieties are garnished with fresh fruit, ice cream, and Pocky, while the savory waffle is complete with pepperoni, cheddar cheese, and marinara dip. No matter the flavor, the waffles’ crispy exterior and warm, soft interior truly make for a “wow” moment.

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Black Tap’s chef-partner Joe Isidori sought to recreate the classic NYC milkshake of his youth, but he ended up making a next generation dessert. His 12 varieties of milkshake stand close to a foot tall and are rumored to be close to a day’s worth of calories. Each shake is crowned with entire pieces of candies or cookies, mounds of whipped cream, and other delights. Their famous Cotton Candy shake features strawberry ice cream, vanilla cake icing, a whirly pop, rock candy, chocolate pearls, and of course, cotton candy. The dessert’s high calorie count doesn’t deter the crowds. Yelp.com users recommend arriving to Black Tap by 10:30 a.m. for its 11:30 a.m. opening to avoid standing in line for hours.

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Brooklyn; thekonery.com Wholesale Distributor Founder of The Konery, Kristine Tonkonow, knows the importance of a good foundation. Her company hand-rolls artisanal waffle cones that are just as colorful as the ice cream they hold. The green, red, rainbow specked, and brown cones are made with fresh herbs, spices, natural extracts, and gourmet ingredients without any additives or preservatives. Offered in French Vanilla, Red Velvet, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Hazel, and Toasted Coconut, they are the “kone” of chose for popular NYC ice cream parlors like Ice & Vice, but they can also be found in dessert shops in New Jersey, Georgia, Kentucky, and Florida. The Konery’s Brooklyn facility isn’t open to the public, but its cones can be found all over the city and Instagram.

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You should enter Michael Friedlander’s doughnut shop with a strategy. Holey Cream’s Donut Ice Cream Sandwich comes with endless flavor and topping combinations that will make your mouth water and your head spin. After selecting your handdipped doughnut and icing flavor, it’s time to choose what ice cream to place between the warm doughnut slices. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie? Red Velvet? Pirates Booty? Then there are the toppings. Customers can pick their favorite cookie, candy, and cereal as colorful garnishes. The result is a signature piece of food art that makes all the decisionmaking worthwhile.

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221 East Broadway; iceandvice.com $4.36/SingleScoop; $6.20/Double Scoop Ice cream has never been cooler thanks to Ice and Vice owners Paul Kim and Ken Lo. Their ice cream was a hit at NYC’s outdoor markets, snagging them a 2014 Vendy Award for Best Dessert and a loyal following. In June 2015, the pair opened their brick-and-mortar location on the Lower East Side, and the community has fully embraced their playful take on ice cream. Ice and Vice has 12 rotating in house flavors like Opium

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754 Metropolitan Avenue; thebagelstoreonline.com $3.95/Bagel Maybe bagels aren’t technically a dessert food, but when you top them with homemade birthday cake cream cheese and real cotton candy, things get a little sweeter. The Bagel Store’s owner Scot Rossillo, better known as the “Worlds Premier Bagel Artist,” has transformed the way the world views bagels. His intricately designed rainbow bagels are perhaps the most photographed food in NYC. Their Instagram account has 81.7K followers, and 11,525 posts use #rainbowbagel. Customers wait hours for the famed treat, or what Rossillo refers to as “sunshine for the soul.” It takes him five hours to make a batch of 100 rainbow bagels—that’s 10 times longer than a batch of traditional bagels! In response to the high demand, The Bagel Store also ships custom-made bagels anywhere in the U.S., but first you have to make it onto their waistlist— I mean, waitlist.

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111 Saint Marks Place & 560 Columbus Avenue; macaronparlour.com $2.75/Macaron; Sold Individually or in Boxes of 6, 12, & 24 The Macaron Parlour, founded in 2010 by Christina Ha and Simon Tung, has a creative take on the classic French confection that has become popular throughout the city. The shop offers 20 sweet and savory macarons including Candied Bacon with Maple cream cheese, Fig, Matcha, and Passion Fruit. However, their Care Bear Stare Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich is particularly innovative. During the warmer months, Ha and Tung place handmade salted caramel ice cream between two pink, blue, and purple tie-dyed macarons, making a rainbow of sweet and salty goodness. You can also enjoy macarons decorated as popular children’s cartoon characters, cute animals, and emojis.

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835 Washington Street; sugarfactory.com $35/Goblet When a 60 oz. neon green cocktail garnished with two rainbow twist lollipops, a candy necklace, and dry ice fog is served to you, an Instagram shot only seems natural. These liquid confections, called “Goblets,” are found at the Sugar Factory American Brasserie in the Meatpacking district. The club-like tourist attraction is known for its celebrity brand ambassadors like Kylie Jenner and Katy Perry. Goblets are available in nine flavors like Passion Punch, White Gummi, and Energy Bar, but the most popular is the Lollipop Passion. These oversized drinks come with a steep price tag, but the experience (and the Instagram shot) makes it worth the expense.

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Enoteca Ursino at Kean University offers a farm-totable, Italian-inspired menu in a welcoming, energetic atmosphere, featuring a variety of local sources and organic produce grown at the adjacent Liberty Hall Farm. There is something for everyone at Enoteca Ursino, such as classic pizzas, house-made pastas and shareable plates, all prepared in a simple and seasonal style. Enoteca Ursino’s wine list will be unique, regional and terroir-driven, reflecting the distinctive practices and qualities of each vineyard.

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A Day Out With Thomas & Friends in Phillipsburg, NJ. Enjoy a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hat, music, jugglers, and more (also on July 17). http://877trainride.com

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New York’s Public Theatre presents Troilus and Cressida as part of the free Shakespeare in the Park series in Central Park (through August 14). www. publictheater.org

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Liberty Science Center in Jersey City transforms its backyard into a paleontological dig site for a special, limited-engagement “Dino Dig.” Guests will experience an expedition during the month-long exhibition, working alongside LSC’s Dino Dig Guide Team to discover replica fossils of prehistoric creatures from the late Cretaceous period buried in 35 tons of sand! www.lsc.org

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour. Guided by members of the American Institute of Architects, the New York City architecture tour will take you on a full circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. Light hors d’ oeuvres and a complimentary beer, wine, or champagne is included. The tour departs from Chelsea Piers in Lower Manhattan. www.sail-nyc.com

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party at Barnes & Noble in New York’s Union Square. The celebrations will lead up to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two by J.K. Rowling. There will also be a special “Muggle” Wall where guests can share their favorite Harry Potter memories. www.barnesandnoble.com www.lsc.org

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Hike the trails at Tenafly Nature Center in Tenafly, NJ. Be sure to look for the white summer blossoms of Shadbush (a small tree) along the DeFilippi Boardwalk. www.tenaflynaturecenter.org

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Ladies of Laughter Presents New Jersey’s Funniest Females, a live comedy show, at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. www. bergenpac.org

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Greenhouse Workshops and Seminar at Abma’s Farm in Wycoff, NJ. Subjects include flower and vegetable gardening, perennials, and designing centerpieces (repeats weekly). www.abmasfarm.com

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Free Outdoor Movie Screenings at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ (repeats weekly throughout the summer). www. hobokennj.org

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Family Fun Nights at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ (repeats weekly through September 1). www. turtlebackzoo.com

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Red Bank’s great retailers take it to the sidewalk during the 62nd Annual Sidewalk Sale. Find the best deals of the year as you stroll around town enjoying the beautiful scenery and all Red Bank has to offer. Street artists will be onhand to entertain the crowds (through Sunday, July 31). www.redbank.org

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Get ready for guitar tunes both punchy and profound when folk artist M. Ward performs alongside Margaret Glaspy at New York’s Lincoln Center. www. lincolncenter.org

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Learn new cooking skills at the free instore demos at Sur La Table at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ. www.westfield.com/gardenstateplaza

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“Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History” The Jewish Museum “Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas”; New York Botanical Garden

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“Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collection”; Museum of the Moving Image “Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World”; American Museum of Natural History

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Roosevelt Island:

Sloping Lawns and Skyline Views by anne levin

One of the most breathtaking views of Manhattan can be had during a fourminute ride across the East River. In a red capsule suspended 250 feet above the water, a conveyance known as the tram transports passengers from the noise and congestion of the Upper East Side to Roosevelt Island, a surprisingly peaceful expanse less than a mile away.

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he view gets even more impressive once passengers arrive on the island. But this sliver of land lying between Queens and Manhattan has a lot more to offer than a breathtaking vantage point for ogling the city’s skyline. Roosevelt Island is home to some 14,000 people—a number bound to multiply as Cornell University expands its technology campus there over the next two decades. For now, the island remains a kind of oasis—treasured by residents for its small-town flavor; favored by visitors for its green space within gawking distance of the city. “The best thing about living here is that it’s so quiet,” says Barbara Lippert, an advertising columnist and commentator who moved to the island in 2013. “You leave the din of Manhattan behind, especially when you’re taking the tram. You just glide here and you get off and it’s green, narrow, and surrounded by water. And with the million dollar view, you almost want to cue the Gershwin music, especially at night. It’s very romantic.” Known throughout its history as Hog Island, Manning’s Island, Blackwell’s Island and Welfare Island, the expanse was renamed to honor Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1971. The FDR Four Freedoms Park at the southern tip, designed by late architect Louis Kahn, is a major tourist attraction and a favored spot for locals who find solitude on its gently sloping lawn bordered by Linden trees. In spring, the walkways along the river are lined with lush cherry blossom trees in full, pink bloom. Another architectural curiosity, The Octagon, sits near the northern end. Alexander Jackson Davis designed this five-story, blue-grey stone rotunda for the New York City Lunatic Asylum in 1841. Many decades of decay and two fires later, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and has since been renovated as the central lobby of a 500-unit apartment complex. The lobby is open to visitors and is lined with historic photographs. Sitting between these two architectural anchors are parks, playing fields, a theater, a few restaurants and stores, and several high-rise residential buildings. Some 80 percent of the residents commute to Manhattan via the tram or the F subway train, which added a stop in 1989. While many of the island’s children are educated in Manhattan, others remain on the island to attend the public school, which goes through eighth grade.

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There were only 5,000 people and four apartment buildings when Judith Berdy migrated to the island from Manhattan 38 years ago. She is the author of Roosevelt Island: Images of America and president of the local historical society. “It’s a communal community—a small town with lots of activities,” she says. “I moved here because it was affordable, it was new, the tram was running, and it was safe. It was completely different from Manhattan, where I’d be in a fifth-floor walkup looking at a brick wall.” The city of New York purchased the island from the prosperous Blackwell family, who lived across the river in Queens, around 1825. One of the first institutions to be built was Blackwell’s Island Penitentiary, which kept expanding beyond its massive stone walls. According to an article by Ms. Berdy in Politico, the prison drew a number of public intellectuals over the years. “One was influential essayist and political anarchist Emma Goldman, who was imprisoned there for a public demonstration at an unemployment rally in New York’s Union Square,” she wrote. “Found guilty of fomenting an unlawful assembly, Goldman was sentenced to a year in Blackwell in 1894 — the same year that Goldman’s friend and idol Eugene Debs led the famous Pullman Railroad strike, which Goldman would have doubtless supported had she been able.” Conditions at the prison and other Roosevelt Island Tram. Dickensian structures including the lunatic asylum, a charity hospital, a smallpox hospital, and a workhouse, were notoriously grim. In 1921, the name was changed to Welfare Island as a series of reforms were put into place. The prison was moved to Rikers Island in 1935, new hospitals were created, and a residential community began to take shape. Today, there are several apartment buildings on the island, many of which are home to young families of researchers at Cornell and Sloane Kettering Memorial Hospital across the river. The visitor’s center, located

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in an old kiosk near the tram stop, offers walking tours and other activities. “We can direct you down to the FDR park and to the six landmark buildings, the lighthouse, the art gallery, and other attractions,” says Ms. Berdy. “But most people just come from Manhattan to walk on the promenade.” The skinny stretch of mid-river land is no longer New York’s best kept secret. Just how it will accommodate the new residents and workers at the Cornell Tech Campus over the next 20 years, the master plan designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, remains to be seen. The first phase will include an academic building, co-working space for start-ups, housing, and facilities. “My biggest fear is that it’s going to get overcrowded and congested,” says Ms. Lippert, who lives in a high rise close to the tram and subway stops. “I’m not sure they have planned for the transportation problem. The subway doesn’t often run on weekends because they’re still fixing it from Hurricane Sandy. And on weekday mornings, it’s so packed that it’s already a mess.” In June 2015, Hillary Clinton chose Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedom’s Park, which was named in honor of the four freedoms FDR articulated in his 1941 State of the Union address, to make the first policy speech of her own presidential campaign. That event put the island into the international spotlight and drew thousands of spectators and supporters. But so far, it still offers a welcome measure of peace. “If I’m out walking at night on the promenade, I’m among very few people,” says Ms. Lippert, who regularly shares beautiful photos of the Manhattan skyline on Facebook. “There is really no place like it.”

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Membership Marketing Director, Allison Garber, spoke with Urban Agenda Magazine about the club which serves as an oasis from the pressures of dayto-day life. Urban Agenda: Tell us about the three different golf courses at Fiddler’s Elbow. Allison Garber: The courses are named Forest, Meadow, and River, offering a total of 54 holes of championship golf. The Meadow Course was formerly a pasture; it’s adjacent to the clubhouse, and is a walking course. There are significant elevation changes throughout and the greens are challenging. The Forest Course is nestled within a plantation of white pines, beeches, and oak trees. It was designed by Rees Jones and offers a serene experience, similar to the foothills in the Carolinas. The River Course is designed around the Lamington River. It’s a Parkland-style course with moderate to significant elevation changes throughout. There are videos of the courses on our website at fiddlerselbowcc. com

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UA: Other than golf, what types of activities are available at Fiddler’s Elbow? AG: The Fiddler’s Aquatics Center is the hub for families to relax, with a state of the art pool and clubhouse. There is a full kitchen for poolside dining and many special events such as concerts, drive-in movies, and barbecues. We have a well-equipped fitness center, five brand new Har-Tru tennis courts, and Paddle Tennis, played outdoors in the winter on a heated deck. Fly fishing has recently been added to our list of amenities. The Lamington River is open to fly fish from sunrise to sunset. There are nine pools on the property, stocked with 400 trout. We have a catch and release program and participants are required to take an orientation class which is taught by expert fly fishing instructors.

AG: The 55th Hole Grill is ideal for a casual meal before or after golf. The Elbow Dining Room is for a more formal meal and the Wine Cellar is available for lunch, dinner or intimate private events. We also offer family dinners, cooking classes, and many special dining options on our social calendar such as the 4th of July celebration. UA: How does someone become a member of the club? AG: We are a non-equity club, which allows members to join and renew year to year. Members join and renew year to year. We offer different types of memberships such as corporate, social, family, house, and sports & leisure. The trustees manage the club and they are very active with the members. They set the tone of the club, which is upbeat, enjoyable, and an oasis for our members.

UA: What are the other dining options at the club in addition to the poolside dining you mentioned?

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A sleepy swath of the Staten Island waterfront is being targeted to become a major tourist attraction. If planners, investors, and local officials have their way, a 630-foot, state-of-the-art Ferris wheel will soon be looming above the harbor in St. George, luring tourists and locals looking for a new kind of visitor experience.

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he New York Wheel was inspired by the wildly successful London Eye Ferris wheel in the British capital. It is part of the new generation of Ferris wheels, which are designed to be destinations in themselves rather than part of another attraction. The $500 million-plus project has been controversial of late, with lawsuits between investors and the inevitable delays and cost overruns that seem to plague projects of this scope. But Rich Marin, the investment banker who is The Wheel’s CEO, is decidedly bullish on the attraction. With construction on the foundation underway since last summer, most of the financing in place, and projections of 3.5 million visitors to the site a year, he is moving full speed ahead. “I call this an interaction between two concepts,” Marin said in a telephone interview. “One is the tremendous success of the London Eye. The second is the extreme emphasis, during the Bloomberg years, on tourism. New York is now the number one urban tourist destination. You add to that the emphasis they have put on the waterfront, and it all comes together.” Some statistics: The New York Wheel will be equipped with $7 million of LED lighting. Forty people will be able to fit into each of the 36 capsules, for a 38-minute ride intended to give a bird’s eye view of the New York skyline. A five-acre green roof on the parking garage at the site is a key component, offering al fresco dining, a playground, and settings for concerts, weddings, and large-scale events. Some 600 permanent jobs are expected to be created; following the 350 union construction jobs during the building phase. Governor’s Island was originally considered for the site of the project. “It was on the list,” said Marin. “But the city didn’t want to put it there. This is something that is mass transit driven, and having one of the largest and free transit hubs in New York right at our doorstep is very valuable,” he added, referring to the Staten Island Ferry. “It would have cost so much more to build it up. Putting it here worked out as a very good solution.” Four elements make up the site: the wheel, the garage, the terminal, and the green roof. Not surprisingly, the wheel has been at the center of much of the construction. “Putting in a foundation for something this big is no trivial matter,” Marin said. “This weighs 19 million pounds, and the erection and lateral loads are extremely high. That foundation is a very big thing. It should be ready for the wheel to start being put in this summer.”

While the wheel is the focal point, it is only one aspect of the visitor experience Marin has in mind. “We want people to come back when Aunt Bessie comes to town,” he said. “Word of mouth is important, and return impetus is very valuable. So the experience begins with the impression people have, and the commercial buzz. It starts online, when they book. Then, the physical experience starts when they arrive either by the [Staten Island] ferry or by private ferry service. There are 12 million visitors in the harbor on boats every year. The more we can get to disembark at our private ferry dock, the better. But most will arrive by Staten Island Ferry.” During the ferry ride to the site, visitors will meet ambassadors—“our version of Walmart greeters,” Marin said—to help move them along. The wheel has sister developments, an outlet mall and a ball park. “We view our goals as very complementary,” Marin said. “There are bound to be those

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who don’t want to go up 630 feet in the air. The beauty of it is that we have all of these things – shopping, sports, fine dining, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, just up the hill. People can come for an entire day and experience these different things.” Those who do choose to pay the approximately $35 fee to be transported toward the sky will have access to a pre-ride show. “It is technology based, and it shares all the aspects of the harbor,” Marin said, “including the history.” Once on board, visitors can listen to information they will have already downloaded onto their smartphones. Marin is enthusiastic about the green roof that tops the parking garage. “It has two to four feet of soil, so it’s really green, and it’s in a park-like setting,” he said. “It’s geared to handling 5,000 people and it’s 70 feet above the water. There will be a playground, and roving entertainers.” Safety is the first priority of the project. “The city and city agencies that watch over us are very diligent,” Mr. Marin said. “We’ve got the best security in the world working on this. There is nothing more important than that.” As of mid-February, Marin said, the project had about two thirds of the financing in the bank. One boost has come from an immigration-based program called EB-5, which provides visas for people who pay $500,000. “We have 344 Chinese families that will receive their green cards because of our project,” he said. The Staten Island Ferry draws some 1.8 million tourists each year, most of whom take the ride to get a closer look at the Statue of Liberty but don’t disembark at Staten Island. Marin looks forward to attracting those same tourists, and in the process giving a proverbial shot in the arm to the borough just six miles across the Hudson River from Manhattan. “I now live on Staten Island,” he said. “I’ve certainly become a cheerleader for the redevelopment of the north shore. I’m all in, as they say.” Opening day will be sometime in 2017. The fact that Marin isn’t sure exactly when doesn’t concern him. “This is the biggest Ferris wheel ever built. You have to remember that,” he said. “No one will ever offend me if they say, ‘You didn’t open it on time.’ We’ve pushed the limits of what physics and metallurgy can do, and it’s better to be careful.”

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Each of the capsules on the wheel will hold 40 people and provide a panoramic view of the New York skyline across the Hudson.

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Brave Ms. Peck!

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Cecilia Peck directed and produced, with Barbara Kopple, the documentary Shut Up & Sing, which chronicled the political backlash against and artistic triumph of the Dixie Chicks following their “comment” just prior to the invasion of Iraq. The film, shortlisted for the 2007 Academy Awards, was awarded Best Documentary by the Boston Society of Film Critics and the San Diego Film Critics. It won Best Documentary at the Sydney, Aspen, and Woodstock Film Festivals, and Jury Prize at the Toronto and the Chicago Film Festivals. It received the Courage in Film Award from the Women Film Critics Circle, the Wyatt Award from the Southeastern Film Critics Circle, and was nominated for a Broadcast Critics Award and a National Film Critics Award. Cecilia also produced A Conversation with Gregory Peck, an intimate portrait of her iconic father, which was a Special Selection at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, as well as a special presentation for TCM and PBS American Master.

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s an actress, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Portrait. She portrayed a Palestinian school teacher in love with an Israeli soldier in Torn Apart. She also studied dance with Martha Graham and performed in American Document, the last ballet choreographed by Miss Graham. Cecilia has also been a contributing editor at Premiere Magazine, French edition and Moving Pictures Magazine, and has served on the jury at the Aspen Shortsfest. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles. Here, she talks about her latest documentary, Brave Miss World, the story of Linor Abargil, an Israeli lawyer, actress, model and beauty queen who won the Miss World PAgeant in 1998 shortly after being raped. Kam Williams: Hi Cecilia, thanks for the interview. Cecilia Peck: Thanks, Kam. KW: Before we start, I’d like to ask, what has been your reaction to the recent passing of Harper Lee?

KW: What interested you in Linor’s story? CP: When Linor was crowned Miss World in 1998, just six weeks after being the victim of a terrifying abduction, stabbing and rape in Milan, Italy, she vowed to one day speak out about rape. It took her ten years to get ready. Once she decided to tell her story, she came to Los Angeles to meet with directors. I got interested, when I sat down with Linor and her friend Motty Reif and listened to Linor talk about what she wanted to do. She wanted to meet with survivors around the world and encourage them not to stay silent and not to blame themselves. Our editor and producer, Inbal Lessner, came with me to that first meeting. We were both very interested in how utterly unashamed Linor was to speak about having been raped. “Why should I be ashamed?” she said. “The fault was his, not mine.” As a filmmaker you look for a main character who is so compelling that an audience will want to follow her through a journey. As a director, it made sense as a follow up to Shut Up & Sing, another story of courageous women standing up for what they believe in. I’m very interested in women who have the courage of their convictions, who speak up even when it would be much easier to stay silent.

KW: What inspired you to turn it into a CP: I’m in grief over the passing of Ms. Lee, documentary? who was family to me. I was tiny when To Kill CP: It was Linor’s idea to make a film. She always A Mockingbird was made into a film, and I have felt that being raped and winning the Miss World been blessed by staying close to her all my life. crown happened so close together for a reason. She would recommend books to me and later, Cecilia with Harper Lee on a recent visit to Monroeville. She wanted to do a film that would give real when I became an English major at Princeton, meaning to her crown, and would encourage she was my mentor. She was dear, lifelong friends with both of my parents. When survivors of rape everywhere to seek help and seek justice. Ever since she became my son was born, we named him Harper, and she visited him frequently in New a very public face of rape at age 18, survivors had approached her to say that York, where she would have dinner in our apartment and read to him at night. In knowing that it had happened to her had helped them feel less alone. She knew subsequent years, when we moved to Los Angeles, Ms. Lee would travel by train she could reach many more women in a film than she could in person. In the film, to visit our family, and, in the last years, my husband and I visited her in Monroeville you see the footage of her with tears running down her face as the crown is placed every spring with our children. We have all lost a national treasure, who taught us on her head. No one at that time knew that she had just been through a horrific compassion and tolerance though her incomparable book, To Kill A Mockingbird. ordeal and nearly lost her life. It’s the moment that changed her destiny.

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been raped. That’s one of the takeaways of the film, and a very important one which also pertains to first responders--from police departments, to school authorities, to family members. The first words you use are so important. The wrong questions, such as “What were you doing there?” or “Were you drinking?” will only lead to revictimization, self blame, and silence for someone who has just undergone a severe trauma. The right words are: “I believe you, I trust you, and I’m going to support you.” The reason Linor wanted to make Brave Miss World, and the main message she hopes it communicates is the importance of not staying silent about rape. Linor strongly believes that unless you talk about it, starting with someone you trust, whether a family member or close friend, your self esteem and ability to heal will be impaired. I think her message comes across very clearly in the film. And finally, for anyone who has survived a rape crime, the film communicates that you can heal and go on to feel whole, and trust others, and have a healthy life. But it takes work. You have to acknowledge that it happened, realize that it has affected you, seek the help you need to stop blaming yourself, and believe that you’re worthy of a good life, even if the rape made you feel degraded and worthless for a long time. The film’s ultimate message is very empowering—that you can take it into your own hands and fight to heal, and come out stronger on the other side. KW: What do you think of the recent snafu at the Miss Universe contest where Steve Harvey declared the wrong contestant the winner? CP: It was an unfortunate mistake which was handled gracefully by the contestants who were involved.

Cecilia and her brother Anthony with their dad

KW: The film took five years to complete. Devoting that much time to a project must mean it was a labor of love. CP: Documentaries take a long time — they’re all labors of love. You do them because you believe it’s important to tell the stories. Brave Miss World takes you on an epic journey with Linor, from Israel to South Africa, across the United States and, ultimately, back to Italy, where Linor was raped. But as far as the film being hard, the one it was most hard on was Linor. Telling her story, dredging up the most painful parts of her life, and hearing the stories of so many other women was very difficult for her. She once had to take a break for six months. It was also very hard to fund this film and we had to stop many times to raise money for the next shoot. These were some of the reasons it took so long to make. But in a way it was in our favor, because Linor went through such a transformation over the course of the film and if we had finished it sooner, we wouldn’t have been able to capture that. One thing that happened was that she graduated from law school and began practicing criminal law and defending other women who were victims. But she changed in an even bigger, more dramatic way which became a storyline of the film. We shot so much great footage over the years, that our first rough cut was four hours long. Although a few brave souls in that first test screening said they would watch even more, we knew we had a long way to go. It took Inbal and me more than a year to shape the story and distill it down to 88 minutes. Now, for the first time, we are releasing some of the scenes that were left on the cutting room floor in the new DVD/Blu-ray which is about to come out. They provide a window into very personal moments between Linor and her friends and family. We also included more testimonials from other survivors who appear in the film, who have entrusted us with their stories. We look forward to having this special DVD with subtitles in 14 languages reach even wider audiences around the world. KW: What was the most surprising thing you learned while making the movie? CP: A devastating thing I learned was that in South Africa, girls are more likely to be raped than to be educated. KW: What message do you want people to take away from Brave Miss World? CP: Brave Miss World is a guide to anyone who is close to a victim of rape or sexual assault. Linor’s mother, her best friend Motty, and her husband Oron, are all role models for how to give compassion and love to someone who has

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KW: What was it like growing up the daughter of such a revered cultural icon, especially someone so closely associated with an Academy Award-winning role [as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird] revolving around a father-daughter relationship? CP: My father was very much like Atticus Finch. That was the role closest to him of all the parts he ever played. He was very strict, but also very affectionate. He was very decent and fair. He was working constantly when we were little, but in between films he was very present. I learned from growing up with him that nothing great comes easily. You have to sacrifice a lot to do something that’s meaningful. He may have wanted to spend more time with his kids, but he was striving very hard to do films of great quality. And he was interested in the themes of social justice. I think he was one of the only movie stars of his time who was willing to be in controversial films like To Kill A Mockingbird and Gentleman’s Agreement. Those films had the power to heal. As far as being the daughter of a cultural icon, you don’t have a sense of that when you’re growing up. He’s just your dad. But maybe I inherited a bit of his character; a kind of compulsion to uphold justice. Maybe it’s why I’m drawn to social issue documentaries. KW: Why did you decide to produce the documentary about your father, A Conversation with Gregory Peck? CP: My father was doing a stage show when he was in his late seventies and early eighties. He was traveling the country with an evening of storytelling about his life and career, showing film clips and answering questions from the audience. Barbara Kopple and I went to see one of his shows and film it as a gift to him, so he could have a record of it. Once we got there, we saw this incredible rapport he had with the audience, who were of all ages, from young students to grandparents, and he was utterly charming, brilliant, and so witty. Barbara and I looked at each other and said, this should be a film. We got on the phone that night and started to raise the money. We spent the next year and a half with him. It’s a very personal film that looks back at his life and career, family and friends, and his relationship with my mom. I remember how nervous we were to show him the rough cut. There were so many personal scenes, and we didn’t know if he would want a lot of changes. He told us he loved the film. He only asked for one change. He said “Would you mind including a short clip of the speech I gave about the importance of stricter gun control legislation.” That was very characteristic of him, not to be concerned with his image or himself personally, but with the greater good. He would have been 100 this year! Several amazing tributes for his centenary are happening throughout the world, and we just launched a beautiful website for him, www.gregorypeck.com. There are generations of lawyers who went to law school because of my Dad’s portrayal of Atticus. I think people saw my dad as a father figure and as someone they could look up to. People trusted him and aspired to what he stood for, and the website gives them a place to go and remember what he meant to their lives. KW: Congratulations! Besides producing and directing, you’re also an actress. Which of the three is your favorite? CP: Making documentaries. KW: What did you study at Princeton? CP: I was an English major with a concentration on playwrights: Ibsen, Shaw, Ionesco, Sartre, Beckett and Pinter.

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President Jacques Chirac of France with Veronique, Cecilia and Gregory, Paris (1996)

KW: Do you go back for reunions? CP: Very occasionally to a major one! KW: What’s your best memory of the Princeton? CP: The feeling of emerging from the dark, towering Blair Arch into the expansive light of the courtyard below. KW: AALBC.com (African American Literature Book Club) founder Troy Johnson asks: What was the last book you read? CP: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs. KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to? CP: “Ziggy Stardust.” KW: What is your favorite dish to cook? CP: Steamed moules [mussels] with shallots, white wine and spicy seasoning. I love to cook them with my friend Suzanne Zimmer in the summertime and serve them to a big table full of friends. KW: Ling-Ju Yen asks: What is your earliest childhood memory? CP: Getting on the raft that my older brothers had built when the bottom of the garden got flooded by the rains. KW: Who loved you unconditionally during your formative years? CP: My mother.

KW:What was your very first job? CP: I always had babysitting jobs as a young teenager but my first union job was as a tour guide at Universal Studios during the summer after my freshman year in college. KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? CP: I try to avoid the mirror at all costs! That doesn’t mean I don’t self reflect. KW:What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? CP:I did reckless things as a teenager. I think it was a need to prove myself that manifested in a dangerous swagger. Once, I went up in a small airplane at night with a pilot who wasn’t sober, doing loops and tricks. The kinds of things that would give me a heart attack if my kids ever did them. Being a mother is in itself another kind of stepping onto a ledge, because you really don’t know if you’re going to be good at it, and suddenly your children’s lives are in your hands. With parenting, I think you really have to listen, and not just impose your will. Getting married is crazy, too. The assumption that you’re going to be able to get along with another person for your entire life. But the things that are hardest are the most transformative, illuminating, and magical. KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? CP: My parents back on this Earth. KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you? CP: Getting ahold of a good subject for a documentary and chasing it down. KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure? CP: Having my laptop, radio, husband, and dog all in the bed at night.

KW: Was there a meaningful spiritual component to your childhood? CP: I was raised Catholic and attended Marymount school where I was taught by nuns. It catapulted me into evolving my own beliefs. KW: Sherry Gillam would like to know what is the most important life lesson you’ve learned so far? CP: You have to reach as high as you can, and never quit. The mistakes, setbacks and the sorrows make you stronger. You pick yourself up and keep going and don’t stop.

KW: Realtor to the Stars Jimmy Bayan asks: What’s your dream locale in Los Angeles to live? CP: My dream is being by the ocean, anything north of El Matador. KW: The Melissa Harris-Perry question: How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person? CP: I crawled out from under the wreckage ready to stand up and repeat the same mistakes many times. And eventually got wiser.

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The Peck family in Greece (1961)

KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to direct? CP: I would much rather direct new stories. KW: Judyth Piazza asks: What key quality do you believe all successful people share? CP: Perseverance. KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps? CP: I was so fortunate to have Barbara Kopple as a mentor. Anyone wanting to learn documentary should do everything they can to get an internship with Barbara!

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To see a trailer for Brave Miss World, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4l2D91KrdQ To order a copy of Brave Miss World on DVD, visit: http://www.bravemissworld.com/buy Four classic clips of Cecilia’s father, Gregory Peck, in his Oscar-winning performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch and the Lynch Mob: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiEzI6n_Zcs Atticus Confronted by Bob Ewell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guMVb47aD-k

KW: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered? CP: I need a few more years, I’m still striving, that question feels too premature.

Atticus’ All Men Are Created Equal Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x6njs-cGUE

KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet? CP: My wallet is a chaotic shambles that eventually yields up everything I need.

Your Father’s Passing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7CX_5D6y6E

KW: Thanks again for the time, Cecilia, and best of luck with the film. CP: Thanks so much for your interest in Brave Miss World, Kam. I hope your readers will visit our website, www.bravemissworld.com, which now serves over 2,000,000 survivors and their families. It’s a very dynamic site and safe, curated space to share experiences and resources. On the site, you can also find out how to host a screening of Brave Miss World, participate in our #IAmBrave photo challenge, or order our brand new DVD.

To learn more about Gregory Peck, visit the encyclopedic website launched in celebration of the centennial of his birth (April 5, 1916): www.gregorypeck.com.

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Cecilia with her father in Paris (1996)

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tuesday, July 19

Ridgewood – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30pm at the Band Shell Veteran’s Field on North Maple Ave.

Bernards Township – Tuesdays in July, 7pm at Pleasant Valley Park.

Gwen Stefani & Eve BB&T Pavilion (formerly Susquehanna Bank Center) Camden. NJ

Old Tappan – Wednesdays, 7-9pm at Oakes Park, located at 184 Central Ave.

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Essex County

Linden – Tuesdays, 7:30pm at Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, 400 North Wood Ave.

Bloomfield – Mondays and Tuesdays in July and August, 7pm at Town Green and Brookside Park.

Monmouth County

Millburn – July 10, July 24, and August 7, 7-8:30pm at Taylor Park, located at 100 Main St.

Freehold – Tuesdays, July 5 through August 16, 6:30-8pm at Freehold Raceway Mall (outside of the Cheesecake Factory)

Morris County Morris Township – Tuesdays at 7pm at Gazebo at Ginty Field, 50 Woodland Ave. Boonton - Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm at Grace Lord Park, W. Main St. and Essex Ave.

Keyport – Thursdays, July 7 through September 1, 7-9pm at Keyport Mini Park at West Front St. and Main St. Long Branch – Thursdays, June 16-September 1, 7-9pm at Festival Plaza in Pier Village. Sandy Hook – Wednesdays at 6pm at Beach E.

Netcong – Fridays, 7-9pm at DiLorenzo Park at Dell Ave. Rockaway – Sundays in July and August, 3-5pm at Park Lake Gazebo on Mt. Hope Road.

Hudson County Hoboken – Thursdays, 7pm at the Amphitheatre at Sinatra Park on Sinatra Ave.

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Here are some additional can’t miss summer concerts monday, July 18 Justin Bieber: Purpose World Tour Madison Square Garden New York, NY

Beyoncé

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friday, July 22 Darius Rucker: The Good For A Good Time Tour PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ

Saturday, August 6 The Lumineers The Stone Pony Summerstage Asbury Park, NJ

sunday, August 14 Lady Antebellum The Borgata Festival Park Atlantic City, NJ

saturday, August 20 Kenny Chesney: Spread the Love Tour MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ

wednesday, September 7 Beyoncé: The Formation World Tour MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ Justin Bieber

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