View this post on Instagram
Day 357, Wednesday – #brooklin – Удивительно, как всего за пару месяцев умудряешься прикипеть к какому-то месту (даже если оно периодически плавает). Хотя, возможно, успеваешь привязаться все таки к людям, которые создают это самое место, создают его душевную атмосферу и невероятную творческую энергию. До встречи, #schamonchi , я буду скучать. #turbomasala365
Did you know there’s a so-called ‘party boat’ called the Schamonchi docked in Newton Creek? We didn’t until reading this article from Bedford & Bowery.
The Schamonchi, aka the Bushwick Boat, might be one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets: a former 650-passenger ferry docked in Newtown Creek, tucked behind a lumber yard, that’s used for Burning Man-style parties and other word-of-mouth events. Now the creatives who consider the 6,000-square-foot, 130-foot-long boat their community space are trying to raise money to fix up the ailing, 41-year-old vessel.
According to a fundraiser page, the ship’s minders want to turn it into a “much-needed gathering and workspace for educational, cultural, community-oriented, environmental, and similar organizations” by putting it in dry-dock, replacing damaged steel, and giving it a much-needed paint job. They’re trying to raise $300,000 through a website
The Vineyard Gazette explains in an article from 2005 that the boat was originally a ferry boat that operated between New Bedford and Martha’s Vineyard before settling in Newton Creek. The owners are now looking to restore the vessel and make it a “much-needed gathering and workspace for educational, cultural, community-oriented, environmental, and similar organizations who struggle in a city of dwindling affordable spaces.”
From the fundraising page:
MV Schamonchi is a 144 foot ferry boat docked in a clandestine corner of Bushwick.
She has served as a legendary space for a thriving creative community for nearly a decade.
The Boat boasts roughly 4000 square feet of indoor space and 2000 square feet outdoor space, featuring a wood/metal shop, co-working/gathering spaces, full kitchen, hot tub and sauna.
Many, perhaps most, Brooklyn residents are unaware that a waterway even runs through this part of town, making the legend of ‘the boat’ as unlikely as it is intriguing. Even after all of these years – few find it without really looking.
New York City’s artistic community recognizes the potential of the vessel and would like to expand upon this opportunity to provide much-needed gathering and workspace for educational, cultural, community-oriented, environmental, and similar organizations who struggle in a city of dwindling affordable spaces.
MV Schamonchiis in a unique position to incubate projects in support of the environmental restoration, sustainable development, and continued creative collaboration of the growing neighborhood.