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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What Is That Little House Thing Passing Roosevelt Island In The East River Yesterday - It Was The Secret History Of American River People Shantyboat Visiting NYC

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse asked yesterday:

Not quite Ricky.

The answer is that the "little house thing" floating in the East River yesterday is called a Shantyboat. It is part of A Secret History of American River People project and has made it's way to NYC:
A Secret History of American River People is a dialogic and participatory project that gathers and presents the oral histories of people who live and work on major American river from the deck of a recreated 1940s-era shantyboat over a series of epic river voyages. The project explores the issues facing current river communities, the long history of people who have lived on and adjacent to the river, and basic river ecology.

We are entering our fifth year of the project. The shantyboat has traveled over 1250 river miles and 20,000 miles by land. We’ve conducted over 100 oral history interviews spanning 100 hours of video, exhibited nationwide, and talked to thousands of people about the river....

Here's the Shantyboat passing Roosevelt Island on it's way to the North Brooklyn Boat Club.
More info on A Secret History Of American River people at their web site and during Thursday July 26 Exhibition.
Awesome project!!!