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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Apologies are offered for the recent paucity of substantial postings offered, but there’s been a great deal of work to do of late, and seismic events are in the offing.

To begin with:

On Monday, members of the Newtown Creek Alliance (including that scuttling champion of the unadorned, your humble narrator) will be gathering at the titan LaGuardia Community College building M.

Scheduled to squirm beneath the hot lights and public attention, even a conservative gambler would accept a wager presaging that I won’t embarrass or somehow humiliate myself. Such foibles, of course, are intensely humorous to observers- but I’m distantly related to the Howard family of Three Stooges fame so that comes natural I guess.


Revitalizing the Waterways and Waterfronts 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This panel will exam strategies to improve the city’s water quality and to reclaim the waterfront along Newtown Creek, which has historically been off limits to the community and its residents.

Panelists: Kate Zidar, SWIM coalition; Jim Pynn, DEP Newtwon Creek WPCP; Erik Baard, Founder, Long Island City Community Boathouse and Newtown Pippin Restoration and Celebration

Environmental Politics and Sustainability 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
This panel will discuss community-based struggles to address the unequal distribution of environmental burdens and benefits in and around Newtown Creek

Panelists: Mike Heimbinder, Founder and Executive Director of HabitatMap; Laura Hoffman, Greenpoint environment activist and Newtown Creek advocate; Phillip Musegaas, Hudson River Program Director, Riverkeeper

Newtown Creek Futures 1:00 – 2 p.m.
This panel will address the process by which citizen activists, community groups, students and educators are working to transform this toxic waterway into an ecological treasure.

Panelists: Dr. Sarah Durand, Natural Science Department, LaGuardia Community College; Noah Kaufman, Long Island City Roots; Mitch Waxman, local historian and author of Newtown Creek for the Vulgarly Curious.

Monday, May 9th 10:30 a.m. – 2:00p.m. The Little Theater.
 The event is free and open to the public. Bring your classes.

Click here for directions

– photo by Mitch Waxman


Conspiring with the fiendish intelligence that calls itself Kevin Walsh, certain documents have been and are being produced by your humble narrator which expound upon and support the ground breaking series of walking tours he has conducted in and around New York City since June of 1999. Walsh’s massed acolytes, of late, receive these printed missives within which he transmits and records his wisdom.

Years of Madison Avenue advertising industry drudgery, endless computer training, and a concurrent desktop publishing expertise all allow me the ability to assist that pale enthusiast by first photographing the far flung and esoteric locations specified, and then to quickly produce a quality travelogue. Necessity however, demands that one must travel the great city in the manor of a nipping dog, gathering photographs and lore at the master’s heels and attempting to keep step with his vital pace. Last Friday, for instance, I was in the Bronx.

The next Forgotten-NY “Second Saturday” tour is in Staten Island, on May 14th, 2001.

– photo by Mitch Waxman


It is critical for you to purchase tickets for the Newtown Creek Cruise soon. We’re filling up rapidly and seating is limited. Your humble narrator is acting as chairman for this journey, and spectacular guest speakers are enlisted to be onboard. Click here to order tickets


he May 21st, Newtown Creek Cruise:

Explore Newtown Creek by Boat

Saturday, 21 May, 2011

Pier 17, South Street Seaport. 

Departs 10 am sharp 

Returns 1 pm

Price: $60

Join us for a special water tour with expert narration from historical and environmental guest speakers.

There are limited tickets available on the MV American Princess for a very rare tour of Newtown Creek. Guest narrators will cover points of industrial and historical interest as well as environmental and conservation issues during your three-hour exploration. New York’s forgotten history will be revealed – as well as bright plans for the creeks future.

MV American Princess is a large, comfortable vessel with indoor and outdoor seating. Complimentary soft drinks and a tour brochure are included.

Cruise runs rain or shine

Queries? Contact Tour Chairman Mitch Waxman:

Hosted by Hidden Harbor Tours ® in association with the Newtown Creek Alliance.

Click here to order tickets

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