Our August Public Space Potluck brought an
intrepid group of public space enthusiasts together to enjoy a new public space
on Staten Island’s rapidly developing North Shore. More than 30 guests came to
Pier 1 in front of the National Lighthouse Museum to eat and enjoy stunning
views of the New York City skyline. The crowd ranged from locals who live a
block away from the museum to “off-islanders” from as far away as Paris!
After mingling on the pier, we dug into the
impressive spread and listened to Linda Dianto of the National Lighthouse
Museum and Monica Valenzuela of Staten Island Arts. Linda talked all about the
history of the pier and museum, which was the central site from which the U.S.
Coast Guard managed all the country’s lighthouses. The pier itself was where
Fresnel lenses were sent out to guide ships home all over the United States.
Moving quickly from the past to the future, we heard from Monica about the
changes coming to the waterfront and Staten Island Arts effort to integrate the
local arts community with new development.
While Linda and Monica’s talks were insightful, the views were beautiful, and the conversation was stimulating. At the end of the night everyone agreed on the highlight of the evening: delicious Staten Island pizza courtesy of one crowd-pleasing potluck guest!