Explore The Contaminated Cesspool Known As Newton Creek, If You’re Into That Sort Of Thing

Actually, this sounds pretty cool:

From September 8th through the 30th, Brooklyn artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger, and Sarah Nelson Wright are organizing the Newtown Creek Armada in a “boat pond” in the creek for the public to enjoy weekly from 1-4 p.m. According to Kensinger, there will be nine boats total in the Aramada, each one made from materials found in the creek (scrap metal, floating trash, plants).
At the event, visitors will be invited to control the artist-made remote controlled boats around the basin as each boat records its journey with waterproof cameras and mics to give a better glimpse of what lies beneath the Superfund site’s surface.
Meanwhile, “portholes” located at the project site on the nature walk will give landlovers a chance to dive into the toxic waters without getting wet. Each will show video of the boats journeys past oil slicks, sewage overflows, and “returning nature.” That includes trips to parts of the creek that the public can’t normally access, like the Dutch Kills, Maspeth Creek and English Kills.

Opening Ceremony will be Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1pm at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. More information at http://newtowncreekarmada.org.

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