SHORE: FEAST April 26th

On April 26th, the North Brooklyn Boat Club will host a FEAST, the culminating event for a week long project led by choreographer Emily Johnson, SHORE in Lenapehoking (NYC). Other events that week focus on community action, story and performance including partnerships with other water focussed groups including the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and NY Harbor School. See the full list of events here.

In addition to feasting we will also be offering environmental education via ecology presentations and guide-led canoe trips in our trusty 25 foot canoes. The FEAST event is free, but participants must register. Full details below; hope to see you there!

SHORE: FEAST on Newtown Creek in Greenpoint
Sunday, April 26, 2 – 6
At North Brooklyn Boat Club
49 Ash St. at McGuinness Blvd, Brooklyn, NY
Under the Pulaski Bridge, on Newtown Creek
**outdoor event so dress for the weather**
Free, Registration Necessary
Gather with us for a celebratory potluck feast! Bring a dish and the recipe to share. Bring your dishes, forks, and spoons! We’ll also share WILD AK SALMON from Iliamna Fish Company cooked on a open fire, OYSTERS from Open Oyster shucked by a team, and WINE from Broadbent! The North Brooklyn Boat Club is offering environmental education programming to explore the unique history and returning ecology of Newtown Creek as well as free guide-led canoe tours of the Creek.

Bushwick Inlet Park Must Be Saved

A Chance to Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Salute the Future

by Katie Naplatarski

Bushwick Inlet Park

Bushwick Inlet Park

     Along the shores of the East River, in Williamsburg and Greenpoint Brooklyn, from N9th to N15th Street at Bushwick Inlet, lies a stretch prime waterfront land, its fate undetermined. The history of this shoreline mirrors the story of our city and nation: from natural habitat long ago, to farmland for a new nation, to the Industrial Revolution bringing heavy industry to these North Brooklyn shores: pottery, glass and metal works, ship building and sugar refineries. The river’s edge was a land of smoky factories and busy commerce with freight trains loading up at the piers.

     By the mid 1900’s, as our nation turned to highways, it turned away from shores, leaving abandoned buildings, dilapidated piers, and in North Brooklyn, land taken over by waste transfer stations, piles of city garbage with circling seagulls. But there were also old-timers, artists, and immigrants, thirsty for scarce open space, who climbed through any hole in a fence to be by the shore of this beautiful river, creating “accidental playgrounds” and sunbathing amid weeds, old rails, and pottery shards.

     Among the ruins arose a grassroots movement of reclamation, which pitted itself again and again against garbage companies, a proposed massive power plant, and forty story towers, a battle of opposing visions for the use of this land. Community groups, local elected officials and The Trust for Public Land gallantly acquired a section of this land, creating what is now the East River State Park, while others prophetically purchased large parcels years before the city itself realized its value.

    These contrasting ideas for the use of this land are reflected in the city’s 2005 rezoning map: the 28-acre parcel of land is green, marked “Park”, but stamped M3 – 1, heavy industry. A few blocks of land designated as both park and heavy industry including retail. Ten years later, this bizarre dual label still exists. And following the huge warehouse fire shedding light on this parcel, New York City finds itself at the precipice of a decision: Will we have a Costco, an apartment tower, or parkland?

     As a new generation embraces city life and a love of the river, New York City and all parties involved must insist on the reclamation of this shoreline. The rally cry of “Where’s our park?” is not merely about the ironclad rezoning promise made by the city to this community, a community which is one of the most polluted and least green in the city; it is also about the universal principle of the importance of the natural world in all our lives and the responsibility of our leaders to fulfill that ideal.

    For centuries this nation destroyed nature for the sake of industry. It is in the hands of the mayor and our elected officials to mindfully counter this trend and bring back our riverfront to all.  To be able to take a walk or ferry ride to the river, sit at the shore, stroll through wetlands, watch the sunset: this an invaluable part of life which, echoing the grand visions of Robert Moses and Theodore Roosevelt, should be ensured for the sake of generations to come.

 


 

If you feel that the promise of Bushwick Inlet Park should be kept by the City of New York, for the benefit of all, we need you!

THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH, 1:00pm, STEPS OF CITY HALL

For more information and ways to help visit: www.bushwickinletpark.org