Of course, nothing is that simple. The beginning of Hudson River Park goes back well over 40 years. It could have been the passage of the Clean Water Act, as our society began to appreciate and take steps to protect wetlands and marine habitat. It could have been the fall of that fateful dump truck that crashed through the elevated West Side Highway, a crash that snarled traffic, then the Courts, and public discussions for well over a decade as the Powers That Be debated “What now?” with this highway and the precious 400+ acres of piers, river and riverfront alongside…
But to me, Hudson River Park began when a pioneering marine biologist (the enthusiast-kind, not to be confused with the PhD-kind) decided the time had come to create a place on the Hudson where people could come and see for themselves what lives beneath. Coming up on Monday August 1, we invite you all to join us as we celebrate Cathy Drew and her now 30 years of creating, shaping, and stewarding The River Project, the original education center on the Hudson River, which she called “The Estuarium.”
Were it not for Cathy’s pioneering efforts in the 80s, perhaps there would be no Estuarine Sanctuary along the west side of Manhattan and no beating blue heart of the Hudson River Park. Or no region-wide movement to bring back the oysters. It’s hard to imagine what there wouldn’t be, as by now a whole generation of activists, stewards, and leaders have taken the initiative to create their own unique programs and places all over New York City and beyond. So many of them learned from, and were inspired by, and have emulated and imitated this pioneer for so many things alive, aquatic and wonderful. Join us! Details are here:
“This summer The River Project will mark 30 years of extraordinary and unique contributions connecting the people of New York and visitors from around the world to the marvels and mysteries of the Hudson River. On August 1, 2016, we will recognize this achievement in an evening of celebration on and under the River. We invite you to join us for a special 30th anniversary dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower Hybrid.
Of course, like every River Project party, the event will feature the creatures of the Hudson River, live from underwater at Pier 42. Laurie Anderson will add special music.
On this occasion we will honor three special friends of the Harbor’s wildlife: Congressman Jerry Nadler, Borough President Gale Brewer, and Author Paul Greenberg.
Cocktail Hour 6:00 – 7:00 PM (dockside)
Dinner Cruise 7:00 – 9:00 PM (departing and returning to Pier 40, Houston Street on the Hudson River)
for more info on the River Project visit here.