Trip Report: Freshkills Park by Boat 7/17/16

beware, arty boat photos are in this post copyright Nick

Quick take: There are two more AIANY and Freshkills Park Alliance boat tours this year- one on August 28 and one on October 9th and I suggest you sign up immediately.

“Cruise on the vibrant waterways of the Kill Van Kull and the Arthur Kill and into the heart of Freshkills Park in Staten Island on one of our luxury yachts.

The AIANY & Freshkills Park planners host this special Classic Harbor Line tour; the only public water tour into the Freshkills waterway.

Officially closed in 2001, Freshkills Park is the largest landfill to park transformation project in the world and when complete will be one of the largest parks in NYC. Its rolling grasslands, wetlands and waterways are already home to an abundance of birds, fish, and wildlife.”

It was a lovely boat and a warm and sunny Sunday morning to be out on the very busy waterways. We sat at a table with and offered to share our program with our seatmates and she said that she was leading the tour. She said that she was going to be one of the guides and we would soon hear more than we cared to about combined sewage overflows and I said that’s one of my favorite topics!

Cost: $78 per person, 3.5 hours, includes guided tour, breakfast cannoli and trifle (!?) and a free drink. Air-conditioned, very pleasant restroom, and indoor and outdoor space. We rode our bikes and Miranda brought us lunch, we did tip the nice crew a few dollars for their work.

Some day there will be boats to Freshkills (and many other spots around the harbor) but for now, you can travel the waterways the way our garbage did until 2001. Do it, if you can.

see trifle in the background
bayonne bridge under construction
Nick likes these tires
Laughing Gull
Singer Sewing Machine Factory- now empty, once employed 6000

Author: Emily

Writer/ Librarian

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