Water Tunnel No. 3 Closing Thoughts

Where does our water come from? Is it safe to drink? How will climate change and privatization impact our access to water in the future? These are not questions New Yorkers, who enjoy some of the best free drinking water in the world, think about on the day-to-day. But asking…

Water Tunnel No. 3: Labor and Infrastructure

Our initial map series catalogued the cognitive understanding of Water Tunnel No. 3 over time as more information became public. Our next maps will examine the tunnel in section (at both the urban and the regional scale) and consider the monetary inputs and time spent at different points of construction.…

Session 8: NYC Water Tunnel No. 3 Update

Last Friday's conversation with Nausicaa Renner helped us formulate a list of actionable items for the upcoming weeks. We will continue to push the questions Why don't New Yorker's know about Water Tunnel No. 3? and Why should they care? by exploring the history of labor, the policy of today,…

NYC Water Tunnel No. 3: OEM Interview + Office Visit

This morning we had the opportunity to interview OEM Project Manager, Melissa Umberger. OEM recently changed their name in publications to "Emergency Management," in order to make it more immediately apparent what their role was as a city agency. Melissa spoke about the changing relationship between community boards,…

NYC Water Tunnel No. 3: Bulova Corporation Site Visit

The contention around building a new valve chamber and shafts near the Bulova Corporation Headquarters in Jackson Heights is well documented. Several articles published in since 1994 discuss the site as an impasse in Water Tunnel No. 3’s continuation through Queens and Brooklyn. Our conversation with Local 147 Union…

NYC Water Tunnel No. 3: The Pitch

By Piyawut Koomsiripithuck, Shih Liao, Gwendolyn Stegall, and Mayrah Udvardi Part 1:Interviews Last week, we interviewed a spokesperson for the Laborers' Local Union No. 147, a member of Manhattan Community Board 6, and an engineer with Sherwood Design Engineers. This week, Piyawut and Shih Hao went down to Cooper…

NYC Water Tunnel No. 3: Interviews

By Piyawut Koomsiripithuck, Shih Liao, Gwendolyn Stegall, and Mayrah Udvardi In an attempt to diversify the notion of the ‘expert’ in our discussion of labor, public opinion, and environmental considerations of Water Tunnel No. 3, we sought out people whose opinions might vary from the the standard narrative of the…

Session 6 Reading Response: Reterritorializing the Map

We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all of this to be…

(Over)Sharing Data

This is a reflection on Flippen's "Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?" and Leen, Doig, and Getter's "What Went Wrong," about the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. It was interesting to learn from Flippen’s article just how difficult it is to…