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Karen Blondel, Founder and Executive Director of the Public Housing Civic Association, is the kind of activist that can get a crowd on its feet, go head-to-toe with city legislators and connect communities that might not otherwise. With experience in engineering, environmental education and public housing policy, Karen Blondel knows saving a shoreline can't be just about the shore but the people who live somewhere.

Ms. Blondel has been a recipient of Harvard's Loeb's Fellowship, AmeriCorps Vista Program, the Red Hook Public Safety Corp, Friends of the Library, Red Hook NY Rising Committee, Red Hook Community Collaboration and the Red Hook West Tenant Association. Karen is also this year's winner of the prestigious David Prize.

And all the work being done in Red Hook.

Red Hook is an extraordinary microcosm of a neighborhood both uniquely vulnerable to climate change and an example of creative resilience and resourcefulness.

Come learn about the issues, challenges and strides of the many communities that make up Red Hook, from Red Hook Initiative, working with an empowering youth, the RETI Center's educational barge, Pioneer Works, supporting a more curious world through arts and sciences, the Waterfront Museum, holding history into the future on the over 100 yr old barge.

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FRIDAY 10/13 • 5p

Opening Exhibition & Launch Party

We kick off the weekend at Strong Rope Brewery on the waterfront in celebration of Karen Blondel and the many community stakeholders who are actively creating Red Hook’s future. While there are a lot of challenges ahead, there is also lot to celebrate and honor.

On view will be the opening of the group show and exhibit Imagined Futures with food, a live DJ from Bierwax and Strong Rope will officially launch their Imagined Futures beer, with proceeds going to support the work of Karen Blondel and 4 other climate visionaries.

There will be nonalcoholic offerings for anyone abstaining from alcohol.

RSVP here.


Saturday 10/14  Red Hook Wide!


11a Walking Tour with Karen Blondel

Join Karen for a walking tour for the in-depth digs on the issues at hand in Red Hook, from housing to heat shields. RAIN or SHINE. Bring umbrellas and meet at Red Hook Initiative. 767 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

RSVP here.


12-4p Do it Yourself Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt

Saturday you're invited to travel all over Red Hook, learning and engaging in an interactive walking scavenger hunt in collaboration with youth from Red Hook Arts Project


For the map, itineraries and to learn more go here.



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2-5 DJ Amer Jandali

3p Giant Jenga Tournament

4:30 Epic Raffle including for an annual

CitiBike Pass

5-7 Barge Rat Band and Sail Freight Saturday from Schooner Apollonia

With the delicious launch of Strong Ropes' quaffable Imagined Futures IPA available in cans or on draught all day.


2-6p VIP Sip and Support

Select access to special custom home-brewed Imagined Futures tastes from Doodz Do Good, your own take-home tasting glass, and a chance to win big from local biz in the epic raffle.  A dedicated way to celebrate and help support the work.



SUNDAY 10/15 Community Workshop

2-4:30 p

Sunday’s your chance to dive deeper- engage, process, be with the many changes. How do we build community, connections to nature and to each other, and have the will and the self-care to manage these changes?

Join Thaddeus Pawlowski of Columbia Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes and Community facilitator & therapist Jennie Kogan. Community warmup and centering from somatic teacher Natasha Corbie.

Held at the beautiful Waterfront Museum, housed aboard the 1914 Lehigh Valley Barge #79.290 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

RSVP here.


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