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The Future of Public Space in NYC

April 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

book cover and headshots

Join us, in person or virtually, on April 26th at 6:30 pm when we will hear from both Commissioners of Parks and Recreation for New York State (Erik Kulleseid) and New York City (Susan Donoghue) and the issues that they are facing.  This is an event for Setha Low’s new book, Why Public Space Matters, and highlights ethnographic research-based responses to the Commissioners concerns.  David Gonzalez from the New York Times will moderate our conversation and add his own critical perspective.

This event is open to the public and FREE, but you need to RESERVE a spot and REGISTER:



Part of what makes New York City great is its beloved public spaces. In her book Why Public Space Matters, Setha Low shows how thriving public spaces enhance creativity, health, urban resilience, and environmental sustainability; yet more than ever, these spaces are threatened by urban development, privatization, and neglect. Drawing on these insights, an expert panel envisions ways to make New York City more equitable through innovative approaches to its parks, plazas, waterways, and sidewalks. David Gonzalez, journalist at The New York Times, leads a discussion featuring Erik Kulleseid, commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Setha Low, distinguished professor at the CUNY Graduate Center; and others.

Weekday visitors to the Graduate Center’s 365 Fifth Avenue campus no longer have to show proof of vaccination or negative PCR tests at the lobby desk. They just need to show a government-issued picture ID and sign in at the security desk. To enter the Graduate Center, CUNY students, faculty, and staff are required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination through the Cleared4 platform. Please see Building Entry Policy for more information.

A video of this event will be posted a few days later on The CUNY, Graduate Center YouTube Channel.

Please contact Jimmy Cok at jcok@gc.cuny.edu in advance for CART services or any additional accessibility requests or concerns for in-person events.​ This event will be livestreamed, and closed captions will be provided.


April 26, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016 United States
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