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In the Inbox today:

In partnership with the Newtown Creek Alliance, HabitatMap invites you to participate in a community mapping workshop at LaGuardia Community College on the evening of Monday, October 20th. Space but you can RSVP here to reserve your spot.

At the Newtown Creek Neighborhoods Community Mapping Workshop participants will:
— discover how web-based tools can magnify the impact of community organizing campaigns;
— hear from experienced organizers who have been active in the Newtown Creek Neighborhoods for decades; and
— learn how to navigate and mine city, state, and federal databases for information relevant to their own personal health and the health of their families and communities.

Participants should come prepared to begin mapping their neighborhoods so bring any relevant documents and photos but most importantly, bring your ideas. Contact Michael Heimbinder at mheimbinder(at)habitatmap(dot)org.

The Newtown Creek Neighborhoods Community Mapping Workshop will be held at LaGuardia Community College, building E, room 228 on the evening of Monday, October 20th from 6:30-8:30pm. The entrance to building E is located at 31-10 Thomson Ave. between 31st St. and Van Dam St. For a map and directions click here.

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We first told you about Habitatmap back in April, and now they’re back with the official launch of their online mapping and community networking site.

From their materials:”Habitatmap makes it easy to share neighborhood information, organize events and actions, and recruit supporters to your cause. Once you’ve established a profile page you’ll be able to: create and share thematic maps, use the forums to plan an event or discuss neighborhood issues, attract and retain supporters by recruiting them to your ‘action alert network’, and much much more.”

They have created an example of how this can work along with the Newtown Creek Alliance:

“Utilizing Habitatmap’s community mapping platform, the Newtown Creek Alliance – an organization dedicated to restoring community health, water quality, habitat, access, and vibrant water-dependent commerce along Newtown Creek – assembled several thematic maps in support of their work.”

If you are an existing organization or community group and would like to collaborate with Habitatmap to map your neighborhood and organize your community, please contact them at info(at)habitatmap(dot)org.

UPDATE: Links now working!

Community-based Planning Task Force members City Lore have created an online, interactive map titled “City of Memory.” Using a similar format to our Atlas of Community-based Plans, this online community map shows personal stories and memories organized on a physical geographical map of New York City. City Lore has added many stories, some organized into short “tours” with photographs and video, and the public is invited to visit and add their own stories as well. Check it out!

In the Inbox today, an interesting event announcement from Habitatmap, a group which, according to its website, is on the verge of launching a new community mapping/social networking platform (neat!):

Virtual Toxic Tour and Community Mapping Workshop:

In collaboration with fellow Brooklyn activists, Brooke Singer (www.superfund365.org) and Emily Gallagher, Habitatmap invites you to participate in our Virtual Toxic Tour and Community Mapping Workshop. The workshop will take place this Saturday April 19th from 3-6 PM at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st street between 10th and 11th. No rsvp is required.

The virtual tour will focus on groundwater contamination and hazardous vapor concerns in several areas of Greenpoint which are currently under evaluation (pdf 15mb) by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. We will explore the neighborhood’s historic and contemporary industries, detail the contaminants of concern, and discuss potential remedies. This case will serve as a reference point for participants as we work with them to document toxic exposures in their own neighborhoods, brainstorm effective community organizing strategies, and help them recruit a network of activist peers to their cause. The workshop is part of Eyebeam’s monthlong Feedback exhibition.”

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