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Getting to Zero (CSO) in Dutch Kills Project: Community Action Plan Launch

Getting to Zero in Dutch Kills
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June 29, 2019: 3:00PM to 6:30PM
LIC Roots Community Garden, 29-8 47th AveLong Island City, NY 11101 map
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Join SWIM, Green Shores NYC, Newtown Creek Alliance, NYC Soil and Water Conservation District, and Riverkeeper on Saturday, June 29th, 3-6:30 P.M. for the launch of our Getting to Zero in Dutch Kills Community Action Plan and two public art projects that visualize existing conditions and the community’s vision for the future of the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek.

We’ll start the event at LIC Roots Community Garden where we’ll embark on an immersive walking tour, called Listening to Dutch Kills,that will meander around the edges of the waterway and ultimately to Smiling Hogshead Ranch where we will have a picnic, an artist talk about the two projects, and participate in the unveiling of a textile/sound installation: Cerulean Waters which explores the waters of the Dutch Kills tributary today and the potential it holds as a gathering ground for the community to engage with water’s healing powers in the future.

After the artist talks, and the unveiling of Cerulean Waters we’ll have a picnic at Smiling Hogshead Ranch and review the Getting to Zero in Dutch Kills Community Action Plan recommendations.


We’ll have a table set up at LIC Roots Community Garden (29-08 47th Avenue Long Island City, Queens from 3-3:30 where we’ll get everyone situated with map and instructions for the performative walking tour.

Listening to Dutch Kills is an immersive audio walk that guides participants around the waters of the Dutch Kills to investigate and experience the species and ecologies hidden in this urban industrial landscape. The walking tour is a project of Chance Ecologies whose work focuses on exploring contemporary ecosystems and wild growth in post-industrial sites.

The walking tour will take about an hour in total. There will be 3 staggered departure times from LIC Roots: 3:00 p.m., 3:10 p.m., and 3:20 p.m. The tour starts at LIC roots and ends at Smiling Hogshead Ranch. The tour will be conducted on two additional dates: July 13th City of Water Day and another date in the Fall, and will live online on SWIM’s website so that folks can download the tour and take the walk anytime they like.

Cerulean Waters, a textile/sound installation at Smiling Hogshead Ranch, will make its debut at our event and be on view at the Ranch July – September and is a project of artists Laura Kung and Johann Diedrick. The Cerulean Waters installation is co-sponsored by Green Shores NYC as part of their Bridging the Creek project and is made possible through a grant from the Hudson River Foundation. Bridging the Creek is a community-driven project designed to connect those living and working on the Queens and Brooklyn sides of Newtown Creek with both the waterway and each other.

The artist talks about the installation and the walking tour will take place from ~4:15 – 4:45 and the picnic/conversation about the Community Action Plan will take place from 5 – 6:30.

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