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Teens Create Post-Sandy Mural; Jamaica Bay's New Institute

ROCKAWAYS?Fifteen teenagers and three artists?Misha Tyutyunik, Angel Garcia, and street artist Swoon?have spent the summer working on a 35-foot by five-foot mural "that captures the concerns, hopes, and overall spirit of the Rockaways" in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The finished mural will be unveiled and dedicated this Thursday morning. [CurbedWire Inbox]

JAMAICA BAY?And speaking of storm recovery, Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the creation of a new Science and Resilience Institute. The institute, organized by the City University of New York, will "be a top-tier research center promoting an understanding of resilience in urban ecosystems and their adjacent communities," with the restoration of Jamaica Bay a lens for that study, according to the press release-babble. The goal is to come up with models for restoring communities facing climate change. [CurbedWire Inbox]