Event - Bringing Water to Light: Tibbetts Brook to Flushing Creek – a case study on daylighting panel and culminating workshop

Bringing Water to Light: Tibbetts Brook to Flushing Creek – a case study on daylighting panel and culminating workshop

10.15.23, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Workshop participants stand in front of the Unisphere wearing reverse tie-dyed t-shirts and holding a banner of a winding creek.

Indiginize dis Shirt workshop by Jevijoe Vitug, photo by Neil Constantine.

Please join us for the concluding event for Bringing Water to Light, an artist workshop series organized by the Guardians of Flushing Bay and the Queens Museum with artist and educator Julia Norton. Since April, the series has included monthly artist-led workshops that visualized the possibility of daylighting Flushing Creek, a waterbody that was channeled, maneuvered, and forced partially underground for the construction of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Daylighting, or restoring underground portions of a waterway, can have immense benefits for social-ecological health and climate resilience.


Bringing Water to Light’s concluding event will include an imaginative Flushing Creek storytelling workshop led by Flushing-based social practice artist Cody Ann Herrmann, a panel discussion about daylighting precedent in NYC, and a culminating artist-led walking tour to Flushing Creek. 


More about the workshop: 


Explore relationships between different stakeholders and aspects of land use and environmental planning around Flushing Creek, Flushing Bay, and the surrounding neighborhoods through a card-based game-like activity created by artist Cody Herrmann. Use prompts and illustrated cards to imagine alternate pasts and new futures around the Flushing Waterways– design your own card to insert yourself, or something else (!) into the story. In reference to the 1939 World’s Fair “I have seen the future” souvenir button, create 2.25 inch custom pins to take home referencing the futures you have envisioned.


More about the panel:


Moderated by Rebecca Pryor, executive director of Guardians of Flushing Bay, the panel discussion will explore the daylighting of Tibbetts Brooks in the Bronx and the many years of art and activism that made the project a reality. The panel will feature Mary Miss, artist and founder of City as a Living Laboratory, Amy Motzny from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Stephanie Ehrlich, Executive Director of Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and Van Cortlandt Park Administrator and Mitchel Loring, Project Administrator for Planning & Policy, NYC Parks.



  • 12:30pm-3:30pm: walking tour and workshop led by Cody Ann Herrmann (walking tour will begin at 1pm)
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm: panel discussion 


Registration is required in order to attend the event. Please click here to RSVP.


Please note that part of the program will take place outdoors in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Walking shoes and dressing for the weather is recommended.





Cody Ann Herrmann is an artist and community organizer based in Flushing, Queens, NYC. She combines socially engaged art, political advocacy, and community science to create participatory art works and public programs. Guided by her interest in public space, participatory design methods, and urban resilience Cody’s work explores urban planning processes while applying an iterative, human centered approach to ecological problem solving. Since 2014 her work has focused on her hometown of Flushing, creating projects critiquing policy related to land use and environmental planning in areas surrounding Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek.


Rebecca Pryor (she/they) is the Executive Director for Guardians of Flushing Bay (GoFB), a grassroots-based nonprofit advocating for a healthy and equitably accessible Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek. Rebecca, in close collaboration with GoFB’s board and core volunteers, oversees the nonprofit’s financial health and sustainability, stewards the organization’s strategic vision, spearheads community-led planning efforts and manages GoFB’s community science programs. Prior to GoFB, Rebecca served a dual role for both GoFB and Riverkeeper, incubating GoFB for 4.5 years as Riverkeeper’s NYC Civics and Stewardship Manager. Rebecca has an M.S. in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment. 


Mary Miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation, articulating a vision of engagement for the public sphere. In 2009, Miss founded City as Living Laboratory, creating a framework for making issues of sustainability and climate change tangible through the arts. Miss is currently working on two urban scale projects, ‘WaterMarks: an Atlas of Water for the city of Milwaukee’ and ‘Rescuing Tibbetts Brook One Stitch at a Time’, a project to help bring a buried stream to the surface in the Bronx. Her work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum in 2010, the Sculpture Center in 2008, and the Des Moines Art Center in 1996. Miss has been recognized by numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Urban Land Institute’s Global Award for Excellence and the 2017 Bedrock of New York City Award.


Amy Motzny is a Section Lead in Climate & Equity with the Integrated Water Management group at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) where she supports sustainability and resiliency initiatives. She is currently project manager for the Tibbetts Brook Daylighting Project in the Bronx and supports Cloudburst Resiliency planning throughout NYC. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and has more than 15 years of professional experience working in water resource management across public, private, and non-profit sectors. In her previous role as Watershed Senior Planner with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, she led efforts around the development of a community-based master plan to facilitate improved water quality and a more resilient, vibrant, open space network centered on the Gowanus Canal and throughout the broader Watershed. Throughout her career, she has conducted extensive research on urban green infrastructure planning and design strategies that provide ecosystem services and socio-cultural benefits to communities. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment where she teaches coursework in sustainable planning and green infrastructure design.  


Stephanie Ehrlich is a passionate advocate for making the natural world available to city dwellers of all backgrounds and beliefs. Having grown up in an apartment in Brooklyn, she knows how important it is for kids and adults to get outside! She has made it her mission to produce high quality, irresistible outdoor experiences for New Yorkers—be they environmental education programs, arts happenings, sports events, or giant festivals. Currently, Ms. Ehrlich has the honor of serving in a dual role as Executive Director of the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and Van Cortlandt Park Administrator, where she was awarded NYC Parks Rookie of the Year in 2020. Over the span of her nearly 30-year career, Ms. Ehrlich has had the pleasure of spreading the gospel of green at some of NYC’s most venerable open spaces, including Central Park, Wave Hill, Queens Botanical Garden, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Her professional experience includes Environmental Education, Public Programs, and Development.


Mitchel Loring is an urban planner originally from the Kansas City Metro. He has been on the Policy and Long-Range Planning team at NYC Parks since 2016. Mitchel manages the greenway development portfolio for the Environment and Planning Division and has been the project manager for the Tibbetts Brook Daylighting project at NYC Parks since 2021. He is deeply interested in public open spaces and transportation issues and loves riding his bike around the five boroughs and beyond.


This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.