Many Thanks to Anable Basin Bar and Grill!

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HarborLAB paddles past Anable Basin Bar and Grill. Photo by Scott Sternbach.

HarborLAB thanks Anable Basin Bar and Grill for kindly allowing us to launch from its dock for our events, especially tomorrow night’s “Sun Voyage” to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Owner Veso Buntic has a long history of public service and promoting safe and fun access to the waterfront and waterways. He founded “Manhattan Beach” on Pier 25 in Tribeca in the 1990s, pioneering the vitality now inherited and grown by the Hudson River Park. He also provided the boat storage in Astoria that allowed HarborLAB Founder Erik Baard to bring walk-up public paddling to Hallets Cove in 2005. He unfailingly hosts community groups, like NYC Water Trail Association and Green Shores NYC, for gatherings. More recently, he gave dockage to the Mars Ocean Odyssey.

Much gratitude to Anable Basin Bar and Grill and Veso. We hope you support his business and other community-spirited LIC businesses that are helping our local economy and volunteer groups thrive through these challenging times. Come down for a meal and drinks!

Tables with incomparable views at Anable Basin Bar and Grill.

 

 

 

Crow’s Nest Becomes Osprey’s Nest!

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New osprey nest atop the “SS Meow Man” in the Arthur Kill. Photo by Scott Sternbach.

A favorite destination for HarborLAB volunteers is the Graveyard of Ships in the Arthur Kill, a strait slicing Staten Island from New Jersey. This is where vessels from New York Harbor’s past eras were scuttled and slowly stripped, or left to decay. “Junkyard” might be a more accurate term than graveyard, but in the presence of these ghostly hulks we understand the drift toward reverence. One particularly alluring old ferry was rechristened by a graffiti artist as the SS Meow Man.

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The anthropomorphic stoner feline that serves as an ersatz prow maiden aboard the “SS Meow Man.” Photo by Erik Baard.

The SS Meow Man’s most exciting attraction was its rickety crow’s nest, a viewing basket innovated by Arctic explorer William Scoresby  Sr. of Great Britain in 1807. Well, that crow’s nest has become an osprey‘s nest! Scott Sternbach, a HarborLAB board member and director of the photography program at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, documented this new home for our region’s indigenous “fish hawk” when he paddled out a few days ago. Apart from bald eagles, you won’t find a more dynamic avian predator on our waters. Osprey, however, are more common and apt to quickly occupy platforms set up in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and other natural conservation areas.

While we’ll miss climbing to the rusting, swaying, guano-covered highpoint of the Arthur Kill, we welcome such exciting new life in the “graveyard!”

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Osprey, or “fish hawk,” calling while in flight. Photo by Scott Sternbach.

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Matthew McGregor-Mento atop the crow’s nest several years ago on an outing with the LIC-based artists’ collective, Flux Factory. Photo by Erik Baard.

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Matthew McGregor-Mento in a MetroBoat (brainchild of Erik Baard, produced by Folbot) at the stern of the “SS Meow Man.” Crow’s nest center, top. Photo by Erik Baard.

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View from the crow’s nest, before osprey residence. Photo by Erik Baard.

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Report.

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Report, “Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans,” was released today. This is a blue ribbon body that proposes policies to the President and Congress. The top priorities jibe with the mission of HarborLAB, our city and state governments, cutting edge planners, and a host of harbor allies: restore natural systems and build hard infrastructure for resilience, and generate clean energy through oceanic resources.