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Who wouldn’t want to live in a yellow submarine?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Recent occasion brought your humble narrator to Pier 11 in Manhattan for an experimental excursion whose execution was meant to demonstrate the efficacy of a proposed ferry route between the Shining City and far off Coney Island. The organizers of the trip hired the fellow above to entertain whilst boarding. Personally, I prefer bagpipes to accordions- but that’s me.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

“Friends of Coney Island Creek Ferry Landing + Park” was the group which sponsored and promoted this run, and onboard were NY Harbor luminaries such as Dr. Roberta Weisbrod from Working Harbor Committee, and Metropolitan Water Alliance’s Roland Lewis (and MWA’s irascible and tireless Louis Kleinman) as well a host of others. The trip left from Pier 11 in Manhattan and proceeded to the infinity of Brooklyn.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

City Hall would like to turn this Creek into a swampy wetland, but others wish to establish a route to Coney Island for tourists and Manhattanites to provide a notoriously moribund local economy with a financial shot in the arm. “Big Picture” stuff and above my pay grade, I came along mainly because I was curious if the Yellow Submarine had survived Sandy.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Built by a fellow named Jerry Bianco as the Quester 1 and launched in 1970, the sub is discussed in some detail in this nytimes.com article, and our friends at Forgotten-NY have explored the subject in some depth as well. Mr. Bianco was interested in salvage operations on the sunken Andrea Doria wreck, but things didn’t work out.

Want to see something cool? Summer 2013 Walking Tours-

The Insalubrious Valley Saturday, June 29, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Newtown Creek Alliance, tickets now on sale.

Modern Corridor- Saturday, July 13, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Atlas Obscura, tickets on sale soon.

Written by Mitch Waxman

June 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

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