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A Free Newtown Creek Boat Tour

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Forgive the break in narrative for a moment, Lords and Ladies, but I have something very cool to offer you today.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A free Newtown Creek Boat tour will be offered as part of the “City of Water Day” event on July 16th, and I’m hoping that those of you who were unable to afford or attend the May 21st “Hidden Harbor” tour can join us on a trip up the Newtown Creek.

I’m going to do half of the narration and lead the tour, and one of Newtown Creek Alliance’s environmental experts will be onboard to discuss the ongoing Superfund saga and the finer points of recent developments involving the Greenpoint Oil Spill settlements and other environmental issues.

This tour will not be going all the way to the heart of darkness at English Kills (as the May 21 Hidden Harbor tour did), as we are limited by time and schedule, but will definitely include DUPBO, DUGABO, DUKBO, and approach the 3.1 mile mark at the Grand Street Bridge (DUGSBO).

The comfortable NY Water Taxi vessel I’ve been assigned will be leaving at 12:15 (sharp) from, and returns at 1:45 PM to, Governor’s Island. Governors Island will be served by free ferry service that day, please check the City of Water Day site for details and scheduling.

For tickets, click here

this free tour fills up quickly, so don’t wait.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Additionally, I’ll be presenting a 30 minute version of my “Magic Lantern” show on the Creek afterwards as part of the “Water-Rama: A Symposium on Our Harbor” event. It’s scheduled for 3:30 PM on July 16th.

Click here for more details.

Explore the length and breadth of Newtown Creek, the troubled waterway which forms the border of Brooklyn and Queens, with photographer and Newtown Creek Alliance member Mitch Waxman. The modern conditions and history of the Newtown Creek and its tributaries will be revealed, and the startling possibilities offered by it’s renewal and revitalization during the Superfund era will be discussed.

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  1. pre·var·i·cate [pri-var-i-keyt]
    –verb (used without object), -cat·ed, -cat·ing.
    to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.

    Nunzio Realo

    July 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

  2. “this free tour fills up quickly, so don’t prevaricate.”
    I don’t understand this sentence.

    Nunzio Realo

    July 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

    • Ok, I getcha, i tripped over my high falooting verbiage and inserted an incorrect word. You caught me out, bad sentenc. I’ll fix.

      Mitch Waxman

      July 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    • Aquila non captatio muscas.

      It may mean don’t lie about attending, if I may postulate upon this use of prevaricate rather than procrastinate. A sort of Freudian slip by our humble narrator who most often spins yarns and became herewith emeshed in his own thread. ‘Tis a tangled web Mitch weaves….

      Anyway I hope Captain Trivial of the Spelling and Grammar Police forebears and declines to issue a summons for this rather petty error.


      July 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm

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