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The secret party boat docked on Newtown Creek is no more. Last week, fire officials shut down the illegal live/party/work space and cited the residents onboard for living on an abandoned vessel.
The New York Post: A group of hipsters living on a ferry converted to a squatter-style crash pad — and floating off Brooklyn — has been booted by FDNY officials.
Ten artists who had set up a Jacuzzi on the boat’s massive deck were ordered to pack up their paintings aboard the craft in Maspeth Creek in Williamsburg on Friday, sources said. Authorities cited them for living on an abandoned vessel.
The drifters had rigged electricity and a makeshift plumbing system in the four-floor, 145-foot-long boat, which sometimes hosted all-night parties in the industrial area, sources familiar with the situation said.
The denizens built bedrooms and paid to dock the boat at 190 Morgan Ave., sources said.
Built in 1978, the 650-passenger ferry, dubbed the Schamonchi, had hauled tourists from New Bedford, Mass., to Martha’s Vineyard on $17 round trips for years.
By 2007, five residents had begun docking the vessel in New York City waterways, where they fashioned a swing on the tennis-court-sized deck and sometimes threw bonfire parties.
The property at 190 Morgan, where the boat is docked, is listed as belonging to the firm Mega Fortune. The firm’s owner said she hadn’t given the boat’s residents permission to dock there. Read more here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee