Wonderful Gantry Weekend!

Video by Steven Chu


HarborLAB hosted two paddles over the pst weekend, to celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth and to honor contributions made by LGBTQ+ and African American leaders in environmentalism. We also recognize the injustices that still afflict these communities in terms of pollution and equal access to environmental STEM education and careers. The pace at Gantry Plaza State Park in LIC was mellow given the cooler temperatures, allowing all to enjoy a relaxed time afloat and ashore.

Great thanks to volunteers and students Yemi Abioye, James Barkley, Phillip Borbon, Steven Chu, Azamat Davlyatov, Elsie Perez-Ingabire, Ira Gershenhorn, David Lam, Laura Picallo, Scott Wolpow and to Gantry Plaza State Park Manager Kevin Selig and his colleagues for making it all happen!

Juneteenth Paddle at Gantry!

Save the Date for an open paddle to celebrate Juneteenth!

Sunday, June 19, 12PM-2PM.
Gantry Plaza State Park at 50th Avenue
FREE. No reservations. All are welcome.

VOLUNTEER AND STUDENT REGISTRATION: https://forms.gle/u2gaAcBvbNNidDRg9

Come enjoy an introductory paddle under the skyline! While you’re down at the waterfront, consider the legacy of African American leaders in the environmental movement and opportunities for future leaders to gain representation and sustainability skills and education. Get inspired to counter environmental racism!

Some great resources to learn more:
NY Department of Environmental Conservation Juneteenth Commemoration
https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/123216.html
WE ACT
https://www.weact.org/
NY Times History of Juneteenth
https://www.nytimes.com/article/juneteenth-day-celebration.html
NYC Board of Education Resources
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/subjects/social-studies/juneteenth
Black Environmentalists to Follow
https://www.greenmatters.com/p/black-environmental-activists

June 18 Pride Paddle at Gantry Plaza State Park!

Photo by Susan Candelario.

Save the Date for an open paddle to celebrate Pride Month!

Rescheduled from June 12 for weather and water quality.


Saturday, June 18, 12PM-2PM. Tentative, to be confirmed by park managers on Tuesday (depending on concurrent programming). FREE. No reservations. All are welcome.

Come enjoy an introductory paddle under the skyline! While you’re down at the waterfront, learn about LGBTQ+ leaders in the environmental movement and opportunities for future leaders to gain representation and sustainability skills and education.

Some great resources to learn more:
Out for Sustainability
https://out4s.org/
Queering Environmental Justice
https://environment.yale.edu/news/article/queering-environmental-justice
Is Science Too Straight?
https://www.bu.edu/articles/2017/lgbt-issues-stem-diversity/
Queering Environmental Justice: Unequal Environmental Health Burden on the LGBTQ+ Community
https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306406
Environmental Injustice and Sexual Minority Health Disparities: A National Study of Inequitable Health Risks from Air Pollution among Same-Sex Partners
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5623125/
LGBTQ Environmental Activists
https://queerbio.com/wiki/index.php/LGBTQ_Environmental_Activists
LGBTQ+ Environmentalists You Should Know About
https://inthistogetheramerica.org/2021/05/24/lgbtq-environmentalists-you-should-know-about/

Family Earth Fair with Coastal Preservation Network!

HarborLAB provided two paddling programs at one of New York City’s most promising shorelines, Herman MacNeil Park. The site holds many access, safety, and environmental challenges but has the great advantage of immensely capable local advocates, Coastal Preservation Network. It could be truly amazing and is reachable by the Q25 bus from the heart of Jamaica.

Coastal Preservation Network hosted its annual Family Earth Fair yesterday on Saturday, June 4, and we honored to again provide the free public paddling element. After the program ended we held a special session for the Girl Scouts with Guardians of Flushing Bay. There were many lessons learned in terms of our new equipment and procedures, and it was a great demonstration of the abilities and dedication of HarborLAB students and volunteers. We’ll also join Coastal Preservation Network in advising our friends at NYC Department of Parks and Recreation on what landscape and infrastructure work must be done to make the site viable for safe and steady programming in the future.