238th Street Station, The Bronx, 1909

A view of Tibbetts Brook, as it once was...

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100 years ago, Tibbetts Brook meandered it's way through the Bronx wetlands, sustaining an enormous ecosystem on the edge of the booming industry of Manhattan.

As the city began to stretch and grow, development was planned to the North and the wetlands were paved over. Water flowing into the estuary was dammed in Van Cortlandt Lake, and Tibbetts Brook was buried into the Broadway sewer. A century later, what seemed like a tidy solution has proven itself to be a mess, with combined sewer overflow the leading cause of pollution in the Harlem River. In addition to water pollution, flooding plagues Marble Hill and the neighborhoods surrounding Van Cortlandt Park, further splintered by a century of poor urban planning which has fractured and isolated this area of the Bronx.

CALL dedicates its Spring 2018 Appeal to projects advocating for a solution. 

 

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DAYLIGHTING TIBBETTS BROOK imagines a different future...

Ecological experts agree; the best solution to stop combined sewer overflow from polluting the Harlem River is through the process of 'daylighting' Tibbetts Brook- unearthing the river and re-directing it into a new stream delivering fresh water directly into the Harlem river and bypassing the sewers and expensive water treatment. Daylighting Tibbetts will create a beautiful new linear park, reconnecting neighborhoods and helping to restore the integrity of the waterways.

To bring awareness to the potential this project would offer, CALL is presenting Daylighting Tibbetts Brook, a constellation of artist-led projects to help engage the public and envision the future of Tibbetts Brook.

This summer, CALL will launch the first two projects in this series, Finding Tibbetts by SLO Architecture (Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi) and Estuary Tattoos by Bob Braine. 

 
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FINDING TIBBETTS

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What your contribution will achieve

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ESTUARY TATTOOS

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What your contribution will achieve

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SPONSOR DAYLIGHTING TIBBETTS BROOK
Artist Projects

Your contribution can make this project a reality. Sponsor a particular part of the project or simply make a donation for any amount.
Every penny will make a huge difference in advocating for a more sustainable New York. 

 
 A $3,500 donation can purchase a flatbed truck to form the base of the Mobile Wetlands

A $3,500 donation can purchase a flatbed truck to form the base of the Mobile Wetlands

 A $1,000 donation can pay for the self-watering system

A $1,000 donation can pay for the self-watering system

 A $750 donation can fund solar panels for power

A $750 donation can fund solar panels for power

 A $500 purchases building materials to transform the flatbed

A $500 purchases building materials to transform the flatbed

 A $250 donation pays for soil and fertilizer

A $250 donation pays for soil and fertilizer

 A $100 donation pays for a section of planted wetlands

A $100 donation pays for a section of planted wetlands

 A $50 covers temporary paints for one session of Estuary Tattoos

A $50 covers temporary paints for one session of Estuary Tattoos

 A $25 Donation provides learning resources for event attendees. 

A $25 Donation provides learning resources for event attendees.