A tale of two waterfronts at Little City Books

Thursday, October 1, 2015 @7pm
Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ

Summer Brennan, the author of The Oyster War, will join Ron Hine, the Executive Director, of the Fund for a Better Waterfront to share their stories. Ms. Brennan’s new book tells the riveting story of the battle over Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California that pitted environmentalists against a property owner. Mr. Hine will discuss the recent history and battle over Hoboken’s waterfront, and his organization’s 25-year struggle for a continuous, public park along the Hudson River.

Ms. Brennan’s book is subtitled, The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America. In 1976 the Point Reyes Wilderness Act threatened to shut down a small, family-run oyster farm established in the 1930s. The owner vowed to take his fight to the Supreme Court. This battle had the power to influence wilderness law for decades to come.

The Fund for a Better Waterfront has used referenda, litigation and public advocacy to take advantage of a once-in-a-century opportunity to transform Hoboken’s waterfront from a gritty, working waterfront to a public park that will be available to all, for generations to come.

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The Oyster War