Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A couple more pictures from Sunday -

Just a couple more from Sunday that didn't quite work with the last post, where I wanted the pictures to just be a super scenic slideshow from a super scenic day. But here are the first brants of Fall, plus a water skier. 
We've still been having some warm and muggy weather here in October - but the birds of the bay know it's Fall. First brants of the season, resting in the Paerdegat Basin after their long flight from their nesting grounds up north. There are just a few so far but give them a little more time and we'll be back to this - you'll hear ducks and gulls but the noise that goes on through the whole clip is hundreds of brants all talking to each other. Hrrrnk hrrrnk hrrrnk!

And this was a first for me - I've never seen anybody water skiing in Jamaica Bay before, but there they go, right through the big fleet of boats that are anchored for fishing off of Floyd Bennett Field. Zoooom! Mind the lines! This is actually funny - the towing boat actually looks like it's set up for fishing, but why not get a little waterskiing in along the way? Excellent multi-tasking!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

10 mile paddle, 1 day short of 3 years since mastectomy

Sailors returning from racing just as TQ and I were setting up

Had to get out on the water today. 10 miles, paddling hard, just me and TQ (first time it was just us in a long time). Tomorrow is the 3 year anniversary of my mastectomy, and then there was chemo and reconstruction surgery in the spring of 2016. The 1st summer, I gave myself a pass. Summer 2017, I didn't get out as much as I wanted to and finished the summer frustrated, feeling slow, easily winded, and still very mistrustful of the reconstructed side. I've done better with water time in summer 2018 though, and between today and turning in a pretty satisfactory performance last week at the Tony P Challenge (post to come), I'm actually feeling like I'm finally getting it back together.

Click on any photo for a slide show view. It was cloudy when we got to the club but it turned into a beautiful afternoon. 

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Changes coming to Governors Island? Weigh in by October 9th if you're interested!

City of Water Day a few years back.

Just a quick post tonight to share some stuff a paddling friend from way back has been sharing on the NYC Kayaker Facebook group. Unfortunately I have to preface it with an "Uff da!", to borrow a most useful exclamation of dismay from friends of Norwegian descent - it turns out there was one public meeting to review the scoping document, that was a week and a half ago, and the NYC Gov website announcement is VERY vague about submitting comments, just says "Written comments on the Draft Scope of Work may be submitted to the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination until 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 9, 2018." There is a contact page, I've sent a message asking if that's an acceptable place to submit a comment. Will update if I hear anything. Worth a try and there's also a mailing address there for snail mail submissions.

Click here for a NY Times article about some possibilities

update slightly later - OK, maybe I can relax a little bit, the Times article does refer to September's meeting as being the first of several. 

I'm not the biggest Gov's I user, but I have been there for one Figment art festival, one Porch Stomp folk music day, I think 2 Halawai Hawaiian potlucks - all lots of fun. I also went to a few
 City of Water Days there before we started doing City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood open houses in Canarsie. This year, though, the main City of Water event moved to the South Street Seaport Museum for unstated reasons. Actually one of the coolest things about the early City of Water days was that participating boaters got to bring our tents and camp out for a night, that was so much fun - I would pick that over glamping (starting at a hundred and fifty bucks a night and going up to $800 a night!!! for two people!!! gaaah!!! oh, but you get a concierge so I suppose that's not so bad, right?) ANY DAY. :(

Anyways, pardon me for a somewhat blithery post, I am really just chucking this out there fast because the cutoff date for comments is so darned close and although this blog is not as rabble-rousy as it was back when I was fighting for storage on the Hudson River waterfront, I still think it's very important for people to make themselves heard when they are given the chance. If you read that Times article and find you have some thoughts on the matter, please do try to get them in to the powers that be - I don't know if it'll make a difference but it's worth trying. I am hoping people who care are more aware of this, I've been really caught up in other things for the last couple of months and this just totally took me by surprise when I finally really started reading stuff tonight.


Monday, October 01, 2018

Doodle du jour - Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchlings, NYC

I haven't done much drawing this year, but I was inspired today when my sailing friend Jenn shared a Facebook post from the Gateway National Recreation Area featuring a photo of three brand new little Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchlings heading for the sea - right here in New York City, on the Rockaway Peninsula. Incredible! First time on record that one of these turtles has nested in New York State.

There's a good article about it on the National Park Service website, and a somewhat compressed version on their Facebook page.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Good article on the storm surge barrier

Click here for a good article on the flood control project, courtesy of Bob, the Sebago clubmate who was also at the meeting.

Again, here's the project website:

NYC residents and other folks along the Hudson are all considered stakeholders in this; email to join the Stakeholder Mailing List and receive updates on the project.

This is a big thing here in NY Harbor - hope folks will get involved, this is going to have a big effect on the "Sixth Borough", and we should pay attention. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

NY Harbor Flood Control Scoping Meeting

So, as is usual for September, it's mostly been all work and no fun makes Bonnie a dull blogger, but I did cut out of work at 5 one day last week to go to a scoping meeting where representatives from the Army Corp of Engineers presented flood control options that are being considered for NYC. 

I am in no way qualified to comment on the feasibility of any of these but I will say that the presenters all seemed committed, intelligent, very prepared, and open to questions. The turnout for the 6 pm meeting at the Coney Island Aquarium's Education Hall was good, the concepts and presentation were interesting, and I was very glad to have made it. 

The process is a long and slow one - this is the very first phase of a painstaking process. The first stage is studying the options and making recommendations in a report that would be presented to Congress in (if all stays on schedule, ha) 2022. 

I'm paraphrasing a Facebook comment Jozef K., one of my swimmer friends, posted after the meeting, he was there and I did like his take on the evening.

I did take pictures of some of the presentation materials to share.

For more, visit their website (I think they said the full presentation would eventually be available there).

NYC residents and other folks along the Hudson are all considered stakeholders in this; email to join the Stakeholder Mailing List and receive updates on the project. 

Questions and comments can also be sent to that email. They are taking comments through November 5th. 

They said that they are planning at least 2 more meetings in October, these ones in Westchester, hopefully more convenient for a lot of folks for whom a 6 pm meeting at Coney Island on a work night might as well have been on the moon.

Here are photos of parts of the presentation and display materials. Click on the first photo for a slideshow view: 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Great North River Tugboat Race and Skills Competition 2018

Still at work with a few more deadlines before the September rush is over, but I just took a break to caption my VERY EXTENSIVE Flickr album from the 26th running of the Great North River Tugboat Race and Skills Competition. As I probably say here way too often (except that it's not really possible to say it too often), Another Great Day On The Water! Yeah, it was so cold and drizzly that I was driven to buy a whole apple pie with absolutely no intention of sharing it afterwards, but still just so much fun.

Order of the album - Setup, Post Parade, Race, Bow-to-Bow Pushing, Line Tossing, and spinach eating. Sorry no pictures of the tattoo contest, there were some nice ones but it and the awards ceremony were both held in the classroom in the boathouse and I was way back at the back and couldn't see.

Thank you Working Harbor Committee!

Click here to visit the album. Enjoy!