Wednesday, July 23, 2008

City Of Water Day This Saturday July 26 - Come Join The Festivities And Sign Up To Help on Governors Island

"City of Water" trailer from MAS on Vimeo.

The indispensable waterfront advocacy group, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, (MWA) is inviting all Roosevelt Islanders and others living in the tri-state area to celebrate City of Water Day at Governors Island on Saturday July 26 from 10 AM - 4PM and will provide free ferry service from lower Manhattan. Here is the invitation:


Celebrate the Waterfront and Waterways!
Saturday, July 26, 2008* - from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Governors Island

On July 26th, paddlers, sailors, mariners and many others from around the region will converge on Governors Island to eat, drink and have fun.
Highlights of the day will include:
• A symbolic and inspirational convergence of kayakers, boaters, sailors and ferry-riders onto Governors Island. New York Waterway and the New York Water Taxi will pick kids from across the city and bring them to the Island for this special day of fun, education and adventure.
• Boat parade of working vessels past and present including the retired fireboat John J. Harvey and the Seaport Museum's tug W.O. Decker.
• Eco-tours of indigenous bird habitats hosted by NYC Audubon (click here to
register) and a Hidden Harbor Tour hosted by the Working Harbor Committee (click here to register). Space is limited; sign up today!
• Fishing clinics with I Fish New York.
• Live music by Eric Bibb.
• Lecture on Fuel from Algae by CUNY professor.
• Car free biking. Bring your own wheels or rent.
Photography by Bernie Ente and Paul Margolis. Video Documentation Squad by HABITATS.
FYI - The eco-boat tour as well as a working harbor boat tour require advance reservation.

The Waterfront Alliance may still be looking for volunteers to help out particularly on Thursday at Governors Island between 12 - 5 PM to help arrange floating docks and hold lines. If interested in helping contact Jen at (212) 935-9831 ext. 279 or

And here is an interview from WNYC's Brian Lehrer show with MWA's Roland Lewis and City of Water's co-director Jasper Goldman (two very good and effective waterfront advocates) discussing issues related to the New York City waterfront.

City of Water from Brian Lehrer live on Vimeo.