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The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

The Soundness of the Long Island Sound

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Technically, the Long Island Sound is not a sound. In geography, a sound is a sizeable sea or ocean inlet or a narrow sea or ocean channel between two bodies of land. In actuality, the Long Island Sound is an estuary, and a vast one at that. It has 600 miles of coastline embracing New […]

US Open

US Open

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Boaters attending the US Open at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center have an advantage over those traveling by rail or car — they beat the double faults of traffic and parking! While other fans may be worn out by the time they reach the gates, boaters will be relaxed and ready to cheer […]

A Pool on the Plus Side

A Pool on the Plus Side

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer and public pools seem to go hand in hand. Yet there’s a worrisome thing about public pools — the high levels of chlorine used to kill as many germs as possible. So the creators of + POOL came up with an idea to avoid immersing people in chemicals: they can swim in a floating […]

City Island

City Island

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

City Island in the Bronx is a popular spot for boaters looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of other areas of New York City. Bordered by the Long Island Sound on the south, Eastchester Bay on the west, and City Island Harbor on the east, this boater’s haven is located diagonally opposite […]

Mets Baseball and Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Mets Baseball and Flushing Meadows Corona Park

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost as easily as you can chant Let’s Go Mets! you can boat over to Citi Field and catch a New York Mets game. Flushing Bay is a deepwater harbor easily reachable from Long Island. Traveling from the South Shore, wave hello to the Statue of Liberty and thrill to the New York City skyline; […]

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

Aloha, NYC Paddlers

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. In a place filled with different cultures, it’s not surprising that New York City’s diversity includes the boating world. New York Outrigger, a paddling community based in Chelsea with Polynesian roots, contributes to the mix. “Outrigger canoe paddling is believed to have started in Indonesia and then spread throughout Polynesia and Melanesia as population […]

Come Sail Away

Come Sail Away

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. If the standard sailing club is all about getting out on the water, there’s a club in Queens that is not so typical.  At The American Small Craft Association (TASCA) Boating Club in Queens, there’s an underlying emphasis on altruism. As learning to sail in an urban area can be a difficult task, TASCA […]

What’s Your Water Footprint?

What’s Your Water Footprint?

Long Island is unique in many ways; there’s no exception when it comes to our water supply. Unlike the freshwater steered from upstate to New York City via extensive pipes and aqueducts, Long Islanders get 100 percent of our drinking water from under our feet. We have a system of underground aquifers (water-bearing rocks) which […]

Citi Field

Citi Field

December 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Before you can say “Batter up!” you can boat over to Citi Field and catch a New York Mets game. Flushing Bay is a deep-water harbor that’s easy to get to from Long Island. Traveling from the South Shore, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty as well as the New York City skyline; along the […]

Who’s Going Where This Summer?

Who’s Going Where This Summer?

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve all heard (and maybe used) the word “dreamboat.” Then there’s “dream destination,” the phrase on the lips of many boaters we encountered during the winter. They were happy to share the places they long to visit by boat once the weather warms. Will you nod your head in agreement with one or more of […]

Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?

Are Historic Ships Welcome in New York Harbor?

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Last summer, visitors to the Intrepid Museum’s pier in Manhattan may have seen the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sail training ship, USCG Eagle, wedged in an angle against a dock 145 feet shorter than the ship itself. Was the crew in a hurry to enjoy New York City’s sights after too much time at sea? […]

Long Island Surfing Spots

Long Island Surfing Spots

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  If your boat’s buttoned up for the winter, but you still want to have fun on Long Island waters, I suggest picking up a surfboard and heading south. No, not south as in Florida, but rather to Long Island’s South Shore beaches. The summer’s crowds are long gone and the beaches beckon to surfers. […]

The World is Their Oyster!

The World is Their Oyster!

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

At Harbor School on Governors Island, you’re either a rower or a sailor, and competition is fierce between the two. Rowers in their speedy craft scoff at sailors’ wind-powered vessels, while sailors threaten to tip their adversaries in the water with a spin of the wheel. Such good-natured trash talk is evidence of the passion […]

Small Vessel, Big City

Small Vessel, Big City

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Seeing New York City from a kayak is a ritual for Bonnie Aldinger. Though the buildings look sky-high, and her kayak must look teeny from the top of the Statue of Liberty, Aldinger isn’t fazed. She’s an adventurous kayaker (and canoe paddler) who’s lived in NYC most of her adult life, blogging about her adventures […]

New York Harbor, An Artist’s Muse

New York Harbor, An Artist’s Muse

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Christina Sun is a maritime artist whose passion for the New York Harbor inspires her artwork. Her connection with the harbor entices her to spend days with a paint brush or pen in hand drawing and painting the ships, tankers, and other vesselspassing though it. Her last name fits an artist whose creations are warm, […]

City Island

City Island

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Nestled in the heart of the Bronx,City Island is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle (and traffic!) of New York City. Bordered by the Long Island Sound on the south, Eastchester Bay on the west, and City Island Harbor on the east, City Island is a simple to reach retreat, as it’s located […]

An Actor’s Boating Passion

An Actor’s Boating Passion

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Acting is a calling for many people. They enjoy the emotions that they are able to invoke on the stage or screen while entertaining people. Actor Jens Rasmussen brings that same calling and passion to boating. Rasmussen, who has played over 200 roles in his acting career on the stage and in film, helped start […]

Sea Change for Jamaica Bay

Sea Change for Jamaica Bay

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jamaica Bay has played many roles in the lively history of New York. The fertile marshes provided rich fishing grounds for Lenape Indians, and the tides gave power to the Dutch gristmills along its banks. The waters teemed with bass, weakfish, flounder, and oysters; migratory birds gathered to rest and recharge for their long journeys […]

Touring Manhattan

Touring Manhattan

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Very few local day trips provide as much breathtaking scenery and shoreline architecture as does a cruise around Manhattan. Moreover, New York City is easily accessible from both the north and south shores, making this trip ideal for many Long Island boaters.

Urban Night Boating

Urban Night Boating

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of us are urban boaters, plying the crowded waters in and around large metropolitan areas. These environments demand extra caution, particularly at night. A city skyline makes a spectacular backdrop for a night’s cruise, yet the greatest challenge for the urban skipper is light pollution coming from traffic lights, auto tail lights, and the […]

Cleaner Boating

Cleaner Boating

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Cleanliness is next to godliness is an expression that goes back to Biblical days, when there were fewer people and even fewer boats.  If our generation wants to hand over the world’s precious waterways to our children and grandkids— in the same (or better) condition— there are a few simple rules, rubrics, and guidelines to […]

Keep a Safe Distance!

Keep a Safe Distance!

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. New York Harbor and Long Island Sound are two of the most spectacular urban waterways in the world. Sail down the East River at night, and you will know what I mean. Once you are under way, free as a bird and with nothing but wind and water to guide you, it’s hard not […]

New Blueway Trails for Paddlers (And Others)

New Blueway Trails for Paddlers (And Others)

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Paddlers on Long Island will soon have three new blueway trails to explore.  A blueway trail is a recreational water trail with a network of public access points, such as the New York City water trail, which begins in Little Neck Bay on the north shore, extends to the Bronx, goes up the Hudson […]

Living Large… and Small

Living Large… and Small

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s amazing how an entire world can be condensed into 63 feet.  The outside world becomes small when the place you call home carries you across oceans, carrying within it a small infrastructure completely independent of the outside world. My husband Cameron and I live onboard our charter yacht Heron with our dog, Andy.  We […]

Wanted: Leisure Boaters in NYC

Wanted: Leisure Boaters in NYC

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. With the planned opening of the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn eco-dock, New York City is beginning to reconnect with its harbor, the very thing that launched its growth. Until recently, the waterways of New York City were primarily used for heavy industry, including commercial docks, ship repair yards, and fishing enterprises.  Relative to its exposure […]

Gee, How Does GPS Do It?

Gee, How Does GPS Do It?

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. The Global Positioning System made its way from a U.S. Navy application of the 1970s into today’s cars and boats. Commonly referred to as GPS, this tool works by using signals transmitted from satellites circling the earth to ground stations. But there’s so much more to this fascinating and useful technology. How Does GPS […]

Storm Surges and Rising Sea Levels

Storm Surges and Rising Sea Levels

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Can LI be Protected? Much of our region’s coastal area was severely flooded during Superstorm Sandy. Can we permanently prevent a repeat performance, or should officials and environmentalists work to manage the inevitable? After the devastating storm, many called for a barrier to protect metropolitan New York City. In the Sea Level Rise Task Force […]

Harbor Voices Book Review

November 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Harbor Voices Book Review
Beth Kutcher