The BQE over the Gowanus Canal. Photo by Mitch Waxman


This Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 12:30 p.m., Chris Swain is going for a swim… in the Gowanus Canal. Yes, a SWIM – from the 3rd. St. Bridge by Whole Foods, all the way to the Gowanus Bay.

Photo courtesy of Earth Institute / Columbia University


This plan sounds like madness, and it’s hard not to see it as such. So why swim in dangerous muck? photo


Swain has been swimming and advocating for clean water since 1996. You may remember his 149-mile long Mohawk River mega-swim he successfully completed last year. His swims aim to raise public awareness of the need to support protection, restoration, and education efforts for troubled waterways. archive photo


Newsweek writes: “Chris is a clean water activist. (In 2004, Swain made headlines by swimming the entire 315-mile length of the Hudson River to bring attention to water quality issues.) For his dip in the Gowanus, Swain will be cloaked in a drysuit, gloves and boots. “Visualize a swimmer swathed in a combination of Hi-Visibility, Hazardous Materials, and Search and Rescue gear.” 

Read more about the Gowanus swim from Newsweek here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, hat tip Louis Kleinman, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Photo by Prayitno Creative Commons licence 2.0 via Flickr


Capt. Jonathan Boulware, South Street Seaport Museum’s interim president since 2013, has been named the museum’s new executive director, posts Metropolis, Wall Street Journal’s blog.

Capt. Jonathan Boulware. Photo via South Street Seaport Museum


Capt. Boulware took on the daunting role of interim president in 2013 when the Museum of the City of New York’s custodialship of the struggling museum ended, after Hurricane Sandy flooded Schermerhorn Row along with much of Lower Manhattan.

South Street Seaport, Detroit Photographic Company, circa 1897-1924 via wikipedia


The announcement is expected Saturday April 25, 2015, to coincide with the South Street Seaport Museum’s “Opening Day” (11am-6pm) with a scavenger hunt, live performances and ship tours hosted by dozens of dedicated staff and volunteers.

Photo montage via South Street Seaport Museum


The Working Harbor Committee family would like to express our congratulations to Capt. Boulware on his appointment. Under his leadership, we look forward to the South Street Seaport Museum and their mainstay fleet of historic ships, educating and delighting many generations to come.

Read the Metropolis Wall Street Journal blog post here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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