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2012 Summer Season
Hidden Harbor Tours(r)

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Note: Tickets not available yet for OpSail or Fireworks Prep Tours.
Details will be in the next edition of On the Hip.

The OpSail tours will inlcude close ups views (but not boarding) of tall ships and well as expert information about these magnificent vessels, inlcluding their history, type, size, country of origin and much more. The vessels will be available for boarding from the 24th to the 28th at various locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

The Fireworks Prep tour will go to where the fireworks barges are loaded but does not include any fireworks itself (at least not intentionally...).

Stay tuned for more tours & dates soon

Hidden Harbor: Newtown Creek
Article by Mai Armstrong

On 23 October, 2011, the Working Harbor Committee and the Newtown Creek Alliance co-hosted two boat tours, made possible by a grant from the NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund of the Hudson River Foundation, of the Newtown Creek. Thanks to the grant, members of the communities which surround the Creek were able to view the troubled waterway for a ticket price of only $10.

Captain John Doswell of the Working Harbor Committee organized a group of expert narrators for the trip. WHC's Mitch Waxman, the blogger and historian behind, joined with Kate Zidar and Katie Schmidt of the Newtown Creek Alliance in painting a comprehensive picture of the little-known industrial waterway which forms the border of Brooklyn and Queens and lies less than a mile from midtown Manhattan. Beginning with its Dutch and English colonial history, the narrators presented its role in the industrial revolution of the 19th century, the creek’s present occupation as part of the working harbor, and the opportunities which Newtown Creek offers to the future. The NCA's expert speakers discussed the coming Superfund era, and the various legal issues surrounding the Greenpoint Oil spill as well as the many other environmental issues which the communities that dot the Newtown Creek watershed are dealing with.

Both sold-out tours set out on a gorgeous fall-weather day aboard a modern and comfortable NY Water Taxi, under brilliant blue skies and sunshine. 300 knowledge-seekers (some from as far as Massachusetts), photographers, and local residents caught glimpses of varied wildlife living amongst the remnants of defunct industrial giants, eco-remediation sites, and witnessed the modern facilities which form the backbone of our shining city. Upon debarkation at South Street Seaport's Pier 16, many of the attendees voiced a desire to have more boat tours of the Newtown Creek in the future. The feedback was unanimously positive.

With part of the funding received from the NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund of the Hudson River Foundation, a tour for educators was also conducted 18 October, 2011. Leaving from the Hunters Point dock in Long Island City, 65 educators from Brooklyn and Queens were gathered to tour the creek. Additionally in the Spring of 2012, we will conduct a fourth creek tour for local elected officials in the Newtown Creek watershed, also funded by the NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund of the Hudson River Foundation.

photos ©Mai Armstrong


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Next Steering Committee Meeting

Our new regular date is the
fourth Thursday of every month

Our next regular meeting will be
23 February 2012 at 18:00

Please email 
or call 212 757 1600 if you plan to come.

Working Harbor Committee
455 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

All members & friends as well as
Steering Committee members are invited

A "Virtual" visualized
Hidden Harbor Tour
is now available
20-30 Minutes + Q & A
Presented by Capt. Doswell


featuring photos by WHC Steering Committe Member Bernard Ente

If your organization would like a virtual Hidden Harbor Tour of any length in return for a honarium to WHC, contact


Newtown Creek © Bernie Ente









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