Culture on the Cheap
Upcoming Newtown Creek Boat Tours
As my colleague at the Gowanus Lounge noted yesterday, the Brooklyn Center for The Urban Environment will be conducting a boat tour of Newtown Creek July 13 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For those of you who are unable to attend this event (or simply wish to avoid the heat), the Newtown Creek Alliance will be conducting another boat tour Sunday, September 14th.
I took this tour last year and I plan to do so again this year. Believe you me, it is an experience you will not soon forget. Those of you who wish to make reservations or want to learn more should contact the Newtown Creek Alliance at:
Be sure to indicate you are interested in the “Creek Cruise” in the subject line.
Regardless of which tour you take, if you live in Greenpoint, “East Williamsburg” or western Queens and really want to know the environmental issues in your ‘hood, you must see (and smell) Newtown Creek yourself. Not only will you truly comprehend how big of an environmental disaster Newtown Creek is, but it will also make you wonder why no effective measures have been taken to remediate it.
I once overheard a father giving his daughter a piece of advice on the E train. It was as follows:
The most patriotic thing you can do is tell your government they’re wrong.
Make your reservation, pack your cooler, see for yourself and be a “patriot”.