Next month marks eight years since Superstorm Sandy, and New Yorkers are still working on preparing for the next storm. The annual City of Water Day on Saturday, September 12 is emphasizing the risks posed to the waterfront by climate change, and the threat of continued climate inaction.
The event is exploring the BlueLine — the projected future high-tide line in 2100 — to “highlight the risk we all face from sea level rise and coastal storms.” City of Water Day will continue amid the pandemic, but will promote socially-distant outdoor and virtual attractions. But the big event this year is a real-world art exhibit: ”Art at the BlueLine” in the Seaport District, featuring climate-related pieces from local artists, including Black Gotham Experience founder/historian Kamau Ware.
City of Water Day, celebrating its thirteenth year, is organized by the Waterfront Alliance to raise awareness about the risks the waterfront faces from rising sea levels along the New York and New Jersey harbors. Virtual events will also be held across the city.
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