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May 15, 2011

Newtown Creek Cruise

We were recently made aware of a really interesting event coming up – a cruise along Newtown Creek. Newtown Creek is, of course, the waterway (it’s an estuary, just like (…)

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We were recently made aware of a really interesting event coming up – a cruise along Newtown Creek. Newtown Creek is, of course, the waterway (it’s an estuary, just like the East River and Long Island Sound) between Queens and Brooklyn; the Pulaski Bridge runs over it.

Newtown Creek looking west

View of Newtown Creek from the Pulaski Bridge (c) Meg Cotner

Newtown Creek is also highly polluted – it’s full of toxins, raw sewage, and over 30 million gallons of oil have spilled into it over the years.  Still, people do find ways to enjoy it; it’s very pretty.

kayaker in Newtown Creek

A lone kayaker paddles in Newtown Creek (c) Meg Cotner

This coming Saturday, May 21, you’ll have the chance to check out Newtown Creek yourself. For three hours, you’ll get to take a rare tour of the entire Creek, learn about its history and also what slated for its future. Guest narrators will be on hand to point out historical tidbits, environmental points, and conservation issues throughout the tour.

newtown creek

Newtown Creek graffitti (c) Meg Cotner

And how will you tour Newtown Creek? On the MV American Princess, a large vessel with indoor and outdoor seating. A complementary soft drink and souvenir tour brochure is included with the tour. The cruise runs rain or shine.

Here are the logistical details:

Newtown Creek Cruise
Saturday, 21 May, 2011
Meet at Pier 17, South Street Seaport
Departs 10am sharp and Returns 1pm
Tickets: Limited tickets can be purchased for $60 from the Working Harbor Committee.

This event is ponsored by Working Harbor Committee. Hosted by Hidden Harbor Tours in association with River Keeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance.

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

2 Comments

Kempsternyc

OMG,

I have this Saturday off and I was awaiting WHA’s What to do on the weekend post for something cool to do.

But you gave it to me today. I’ve heard about this cruise and have wanted to do it for years.

This is so awesome….thanks Meg

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