In this week's Newsletter: NYC Ferry service is coming to Stuy Cove, kayaking opportunities around the city, learn how to save money on energy and water bills with the NYC Retrofit Accelerator and much more!
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NYC Ferry Service Begins at Stuy Cove on August 29th


You've seen the landing being built, but now it's really happening! Ferry Service on the Lower East Side route of the NYC Ferry begins Wednesday, August 29th. 

The LES route will run from Long Island City in Queens, across the East River to the 34th Street landing, then continue down the river making stops at Stuyvesant Cove, Corlears Hook and Wall Street. The entire trip will take about 32 minutes.

Expect to see some new signage in the Park helping people get where they're going as efficiently as possible. Solar One will be working closely with the fine folks at Hornblower, who operate the ferry, and with EDC to make sure that needs of ferry commuters, bike commuters, pedestrians and all the people who enjoy the Park can be met. We're excited for this new chapter in Stuyvesant Cove Park!

The NYC Ferry costs $2.75 per ride, with free transfers between lines, and an extra $1 charge for bikes. Unlimited cards are available for $121, $141 if you add a bike. At this point, fares are not integrated with the MTA system- you can't use a Metrocard to ride the ferry.

Also, the Stuy Cove ferry landing will play an integral part in the MTA's L train shutdown plan. The next public meeting about the Canarsie Tunnel project will be held on Monday, August 6th from 5-8pm at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at 2 Broadway in Manhattan. The Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the project and the Section 4(f) review are available at various locations throughout the city. You can get more information about the SEA and the upcoming meeting here.

Get Your Kayak On

In the future, we hope to have people get in the water at a new kayak launch at Solar One, but until then, you can still get your kayak on at one of the many boathouses around the city.

Head to the North Brooklyn Boat Club for short trips from Newtown Creek to the East River and take in the breathtaking view of Manhattan all while being provided beverages, veggie food, and other snacks. Feel free to bring your children and even your pets!

Or, head on over to the Red Hook Boaters, whose goal is to get urbanites out on the water and help breathe life back into Brooklyn’s aquatic ecosystem. While waiting on line for your turn, volunteers have gloves and trash bags available, so you can pitch in with RHB’s ongoing mission to pick up trash on the beach. Knowing that you’re helping keep the area thriving will make your paddle in RHB’s protected cove all the sweeter.

Other great kayaking opportunities are available at the Manhattan Community Boathouse, the Brooklyn Bridge Park boathouse, and The Downtown Boathouse. Locations and times for the free kayaking events are listed below.

 

Manhattan Community Boathouse

  • Location: Pier 96
    Times:
    Monday-Wednesday: 5:30PM-7:30PM
    Weekends: 10AM-6PM

North Brooklyn Boat Club

  • Location: 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11222
    Times:
    Saturday, August 18, 12PM-4PM
    Saturday, September 8, 12PM-4PM

Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse

  • Location: Furman and Old Fulton Streets
    Times:
    Thursday: 5:30PM-6:45PM
    Weekends: 10AM-2PM

The Downtown Boathouse

  • Location: Hudson River Greenway at Pier 26
    Times:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5PM-7:30PM until September 14
    Weekends: 9AM-5PM until October 9

Red Hook Boaters

  • Location: Coffey and Ferris Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
    Times:
    Sundays: 1PM-4PM
    Thursdays: 6PM-8PM
See you on the water!

NYC Retrofit Accelerator: Save on Energy & Water Bills!

The NYC Retrofit Accelerator Program is excited to host a workshop for Queens building owners and managers that will showcase services to help you save on energy and water bills! The Retrofit Accelerator, a Mayor’s Office of Sustainability initiative, makes building efficiency easier by offering free, personalized advice to help you reduce operating costs, enhance tenant comfort, and improve our environment.
 
The event will feature speakers from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and our partners, National Grid, Con Edison and Department of Environmental Protection that offer funding opportunities to assist with energy and water efficiency improvements.
 
The event is open to the public and will be hosted at the Lefrak Queens Public Library, 98-30 57th Ave, Corona, NY 11368, on August 16th from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM. We hope to see you there!
 
Space is limited so please register to reserve your spot.

For more information, please contact Sarah Lorya at lorya@solar1.org. You can register for the event here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

8/9
Evening Weeding (Alternate Thursdays through the Summer)
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, Manhattan, 5-7pm, free
Native plant refreshments, suitable for all ages. Please RSVP to Park Manager Emily Curtis-Murphy at murphy@solar1.org.

8/18
Community Volunteer Day in Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar 1, Stuyvesant Cove Park, 23rd Street & the East River, Manhattan, 10am-1pm, free
Pizza lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Park Manager Emily Curtis-Murphy at murphy@solar1.org.

Upcoming Events

8/3
The 8th Annual Light Keepers Gala
200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island, 5:30-11pm, $200+

Canal to Coast: Reuniting the Waters presents Lock Step and Artists on the Erie
Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Brooklyn, 7-9pm, $2+

8/5
Canal to Coast: Reuniting the Waters presents George Ward in Oh! That Low Bridge!
Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Brooklyn, 7-9pm, $2+

8/7
Turning Data into Action
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations

Webinar: Climate Action in Supply Chains
Online, 12pm, free
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