Step aboard at the Skyport Marina to sample oysters, clams, scallops, nuts, berries, beer and wine sourced from within 150 miles of New York City, and inspired by what Manhattan’s earliest residents might have been eating in 1609, when Henry Hudson sailed into town.
Discover the world between the city and the sea as experts discuss the secret lives of the fish, birds, plants of New York’s waterways. Learn about the once and future islands of New York City, once the home of hundreds of thousand of acres of oyster beds and marsh islands, and understand how sustainable seafood systems are fundamentally connected with local flora and fauna.
Event proceeds will help the American Littoral Society restore habitat across New York and New Jersey.
Pre 1609 Raw Bar Menu:
Fishers Island Oysters, Montauk Pearl Oysters, Graveling Point Oysters, Crab Island Oysters, Littleneck Clams and Fresh Catch Ceviche. Orwasher’s Bakery Bread, Kriemhild Dairy, Fishkill Farms Berries, Tierra Farm Nuts, and SingleCut Beersmiths.
Seafood Provided by Village Fishmonger NYC and Fishers Island Oyster Farm; Snacks Provided by Good Eggs; Libations courtesy of SingleCut Beersmiths.
Special thanks to our partners at Sustainable Seafood Week, NYC Audubon, Toyota TogetherGreen, NY Young Audubon.
Expert Naturalists will offer insights and mingle:
An avid sailor and fisherman, Tim Dillingham spent his Navy youth in marshes and beaches from the Virginia coastline to the Seven Seas abroad. He is an expert on coastal policy for the Eastern Seaboard and has worked extensively on oyster and horseshoe crab restoration, carbon sequestration of tidal wetlands and estuary management. He serves as the Executive Director of the American Littoral Society and is on the Board of the Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies, Rutgers University, Restore America's Estuaries and the NJ Climate Change Adaptation Alliance.
Sean Dixon is a co-founder of Village Fishmonger, producer of sustainable seafood week. Sean has studied fish, the oceans, and how those two things get along across the globe -- from the bering sea to the Galapagos, the Amazon to the North Atlantic, the Jersey Shore to Woods Hole, Cape Cod. Not one to shy away from the fun times to be had in school, Sean first studied marine biology and climate change policy and then became an environmental lawyer.
Peter Malinowski is an oysterman at Fishers Island Oyster Farm and the aquaculture teacher at the Harbor School. He works on the Billion Oyster project, with the goal of return 1 Billion live oysters and 100 acres of oyster reefs back to New York Harbor by 2030- making New York harbor once again the most productive waterbody in the North Atlantic and reclaming its title as the oyster capital of the world.
Sam Janis is in charge of overseeing the Billion Oyster project, with the goal of return 1 Billion live oysters and 100 acres of oyster reefs back to New York Harbor by 2030- making New York harbor once again the most productive waterbody in the North Atlantic and reclaiming its title as the oyster capital of the world. When weather allows, he commutes to work by kayak from Red Hook to Governor's island. Prior to the Billion Oyster Project, Sam helped create environmental education programs in India and Pakistan and taught NYC public school.
Dr. Susan Elbin spends most summer days traveling by boat to abandoned islands, wading in marshes, and climbing trees to study the nesting, feeding and migration patterns of birds that travel through New York City. In addition to the egrets, herons, and baby cormorants that she usually studies, this year's migration brought her face-to-face with a parliament of snowy owls. She serves as the Director of Conservation and Science at New York City Audubon, is President of the Waterbird Society, and teaches ornithology and bird migration at Columbia University.
Don Riepe has been building osprey nesting platforms, hauling away large marine debris, restoring marsh islands and photographing birds in New York City's Jamaica Bay for over 35 years. He served as Wildlife Refuge manager of Gateway National Recreation Area for 25 years and founded the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society in 1985. His writings and photographs have been published in Scientific America, National Wildlife, Audubon, Underwater Naturalist and the New York Times.
A little more about us:
www.sustainableseafoodweeknyc.com. Follow on Twitter @iloveseafoodnyc. #SSWNYC
www.villagefishmongernyc.com or follow on Twitter @VlgFishmongrNYC
Cabana Boat Boarding Time: 1:30 PM
Sailing Departure Time: 2:00 PM Sharp! Please allow plenty of time to get to the boat.
Skyport Marina, Cabana Boat at FDR Drive and East 23rd Street.
By Subway: 6 Train at East 23rd Street & Park Avenue. Please alllow 15 minutes to walk 5 blocks over to the Skyport Marina.
By Car: There is a public parking garage right next to the Cabana Boat at the Skyport Marina. Cheaper parking garage options are located nearby.
Please bring a print-out of your ticket confirmation. This event is rain or shine. As of today, Thursday, May 8th, the weather report is mixed with sun and clouds and a small chance of intermittent drizzle, but it will be a fresh, breezy 70 degrees and the weather will make for some beautiful, dramatic photos of the NYC harbor.
We will have a small number of binoculars on board, but please feel free to bring your own binoculars and cameras if you have them. Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society and Dr. Susan Elbin of NYC Audubon will be leading a nature tour upstairs.
The American Littoral Society is a member-supported coastal conservation non-profit that promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm and engages communities to do the same through work in advocacy, conservation and education. Founded in 1961 in Sandy Hook, NJ, the American Littoral Society now has regional offices throughout New York, New Jersey and Florida. To learn more visit www.littoralsociety.org.
Littoral (definition): of, or related to the coast or shore.