New Village Press, publisher of What We See was invited by The Municipal Arts Society of New York and The Rockefeller Foundation to attend the presentation of the Jane Jacobs Medal 2013 Awards Ceremony, honoring Bette Midler for Lifetime Leadership and Ian Marvy for New Ideas and Activism.
Since founding the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in 1995, award-winning actress and singer, Bette Midler has been a passionate and influential advocate for the city’s most forgotten spaces; parks and community gardens in underserved neighborhoods. NYRP has revitalized neglected parks in upper Manhattan; restored storm-ravaged parks in Queens and Brooklyn; and transformed a derelict stretch of shoreline into Sherman Creek Park, a waterfront gem featuring the first boathouse on the Harlem River in over 100 years. Midler led the charge to save 114 community gardens from development, and NYRP continues to maintain and program 52 of them, with concentrations in East Harlem, Central Brooklyn and the South Bronx. Together with Mayor Bloomberg, Midler launched the MillionTreesNYC initiative, which is now slated to reach its ambitious goal to full two years ahead of schedule.
By nurturing a new generation of young leaders through the operation of a socially-responsible urban farming enterprise, Ian Marvy co-founded Added Value in 2001, with the aim of building Brooklyn’s Red Hook into a more sustainable neighborhood. Partnering with neighbours, civil society, City, State and Federal governments to transform acres of unused land into vibrant urban farms. These farms serve as community centers where thousands of men and women, young and old, learn and grow together. They are inspiring platforms that promote community development, economic activity and environmental sustainability.
Under Marvy’s leadership, Added Value has demonstrated that urban agriculture is a powerful catalyst to activate public space and motivate youth to positively engage with their community. They have pioneered innovative programs that support food access for low income communities, educational initiatives for public school students and agricultural projects benefiting urban and rural New Yorkers. Marvy is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Petra Social Justice Fellow, a Union Square Awardee, and the National Resource Defense Council/Earth Day Environmental Activist of the Year. He is the creator of the Five Borough Farm report and frequently consults on new projects, for funders, and government on urban agricultural projects.