Yolonda traces the path of the Mississippi River for the Secret History exhibition at WhiteBox tomorrow

Yolonda traces the path of the Mississippi River for the…

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One of the weirder tasks I’ve done this week, rolling a 16 ft boat through the streets of Manhattan

One of the weirder tasks I’ve done this week, rolling…

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Living in NYC is a hairy business. Shipmate shearing

Living in NYC is a hairy business. Shipmate shearing. #diyhaircut…

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Talk about adaptive ingenuity among river people: North Brooklyn Boat Club

Talk about adaptive ingenuity among river people. At the North…

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Just sitting on our back deck drinking my morning coffee…

Just sitting on our back deck drinking my morning coffee…

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My first major NYC show featuring five years of secret…

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As we are enjoying a nightcap, a party boat comes up Newtown Creek with what appears to be a boatload of Hasidim dancing to a Klezmer band

As we are enjoying a nightcap, a party boat comes…

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Best welcome ever at the North Brooklyn Boat Club

Best welcome ever at the North Brooklyn Boat Club. Felt…

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An unprecidented view out the shantyboat backdoor

An unprecidented view out the shantyboat backdoor. #shantyboat #nyc #manhattan…

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Queensboro Bridge across Roosevelt Island with the little shantyboat on the East River heading toward Brooklyn

Queensboro Bridge across Roosevelt Island with the little shantyboat on…

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Will I ever get tired of New York cityscapes across the water? Not bloody likely

Will I ever get tired of New York cityscapes across…

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Benzy skippering on the East River

Benzy skippering on the East River #shantyboat #eastriver #nyc

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The city from the Harlem River

The city from the Harlem River #shantyboat #harlemriver #nyc

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Big sky over and big waves around Manhattan on the Harlem River. An inopportune wind blows north

Big sky over and big waves around Manhattan on the…

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Here what I know about the Bronx: Don DeLillo’s Underworld, Bronx accents, and this photo. We’re between Manhattan and the Bronx

Here what I know about the Bronx: Don DeLillo’s Underworld,…

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We enter the Harlem River!

We enter the Harlem River! #shantyboat #harlemriver #bronx

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We are going to be entering fucking New York City in a fucking Shantyboat. Pardon my language and my excitement

We are going to be entering fucking New York City…

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Re-launching under the George Washington Bridge on the Hudson river on a pretty choppy day

Re-launching under the George Washington Bridge on the Hudson river…

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Accidentally passed by the childhood home my favorite early 20th Century realist painters, Edward Hopper

Accidentally passed by the childhood home my favorite early 20th…

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Triptych: How to trailer a shanty boat in a strong crosswind on a homemade boat trailer

Triptych: How to trailer a shanty boat in a strong…

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This brick found by Ginny Norfleet in her yard turned out to be the cornerstone of what was the first African church in the county

This brick found by Ginny Norfleet in her yard turned…

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Docknic in a storm

Docknic in a storm. When you get tired of the…

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Weighing our options: take out now or keep going down the Hudson to New York?

Weighing our options: take out now or keep going down…

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Riverport Sailing School creating baby sailors.

Riverport Sailing School creating baby sailors. #shantyboat #babysailors #rondoutcreek #hudsonriver

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Maritime hitchhiking: Matt and Leanne offer us a ride in their fancy boat back to safety

Maritime hitchhiking: We took the johnboat down into town for…

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Rockland/Westchester Journal: A shanty in Haverstraw: A floating art project explores the lives and history of ‘river people’

Rockland/Westchester Journal by Rochel Leah Goldblatt HAVERSTRAW – Wes Modes stood…

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Haverstraw and Ossining are the widest point on the Hudson River. Because of the long reaches winds can whip up fierce waves. It is debatable whether we should even be out on a day like today

Haverstraw and Ossining are the widest point on the Hudson…

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The bricks that built New York City, made Haverstraw wealthy and nearly spelled its doom

The bricks that built New York City, made Haverstraw wealthy…

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In the Haverstraw brickyards African and Italian workers lived and worked side by side…

In the Haverstraw brickyards African and Italian workers lived and…

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“I am a proponent of highly walkable, human scale places in America.”

“I am a proponent of highly walkable, human scale places…

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The charming curator, staff and artists of WhiteBox came to visit the shantyboat in Haverstraw

The charming curator, staff and artists of WhiteBox came to…

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The first time our bilge pumps have ever needed to be used. Docked in Haverstraw, water was coming over our stern

The first time our bilge pumps have ever needed to…

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Rockin and rollin during our Haverstraw pop-up

Rockin and rollin during our Haverstraw pop-up. #shantyboat #roughweather

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“Uncle Susan is a Wolf.” We’ve seen this tag all over and found it in our ship’s log. Who is it?

“Uncle Susan is a Wolf.” We’ve seen this tag all…

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It was an interesting day on the water. Waves, wind, and spray

It was an interesting day on the water. Waves, wind,…

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Goodbye, sweet friend. You were a good bumper for the last five years. If anyone has a small tire we can use to replace the one now at the bottom of the river and is near Haverstraw…

Goodbye, sweet friend. You were a good bumper for the…

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The amazingly bumpin’ streets of Haverstraw, a magical land where white, black, and brown people bustle around downtown

The amazingly bumpin’ streets of Haverstraw, a magical land where…

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The Elks come ready to talk it out face-to-face

Misunderstanding resolved: The Elks come ready to talk it out…

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Interview with Ginny Norfleet. We talked about the invisible stories of 400 years of African-American history in Haverstraw NY

Interview with Ginny Norfleet. We talked about the invisible stories…

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This is us docked in Haverstraw moments before a member of the Elks Lodge kicked us off their docks

This is us docked in Haverstraw moments before the all…

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Indian Point Energy Center is a three-unit nuclear power plant station located in Buchanan, New York

Indian Point Energy Center is a three-unit nuclear power plant…

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The Hudson river highlands are incredibly beautiful. Old rounded granite reminds me of the sierra Nevada mountains. #shantyboat

The Hudson river highlands are incredibly beautiful. Old rounded granite…

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U.S.Army FB-814 gives tours out of West Point. Today they got a special tour feature. #shantyboat #tourboat #westpoint

U.S.Army FB-814 gives tours out of West Point. Today they…

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Mystery train bridge near World’s End. What is it bridging? #shantyboat #mysterytrain

Mystery train bridge near World’s End. What is it bridging?…

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John Chamberlain sculptures at Dia:Beacon. He referred to these as Gondolas

John Chamberlain sculptures at Dia:Beacon. He referred to these as…

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Poughkeepsie bridges at sunset. #shantyboat

Poughkeepsie bridges at sunset. #shantyboat

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We drew a sizable crowd on the Poughkeepsie pedestrian bridge. #shantyboat

We drew a sizable crowd on the Poughkeepsie pedestrian bridge.…

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This looks like nothing, but when you’re in a boat with 10 inches of freeboard and you have a 10 mph following wind and associated waves against a strong upstream tidal current, it is decently terrifying. #shantyboat #LittleBigWaves

This looks like nothing, but when you’re in a boat…

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@gooddoghazel and I wait for the laundry #shantyboat

@gooddoghazel and I wait for the laundry #shantyboat

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Boats work both ways, keeping water out AND keeping water in, particularly during northeast torrential summer rains #shantyboat #bailing

Boats work both ways, keeping water out AND keeping water…

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Looks like rain destroyed our canopy (and our bamboo poles) while we were in the city. #shantyboat #theWeatherStrikesBack

Looks like rain destroyed our canopy (and our bamboo poles)…

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NYC Chinatown feels very welcoming and very Blade Runner. #shantyboat #nyc #chinatown

NYC Chinatown feels very welcoming and very Blade Runner. #shantyboat…

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Assembling the pier at WhiteBox. #artshow #exhibition #secrethistory

Assembling the pier at WhiteBox. #artshow #exhibition #secrethistory

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Staging the exhibition. #shantyboat #artshow

Staging the exhibition. #shantyboat #artshow

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Secret History sweatshop. Prepping for setting up the @whiteboxny exhibition tomorrow #shantyboat #artshow #exhibition

Secret History sweatshop. Prepping for setting up the @whiteboxny exhibition…

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Back up in Whitehall, drop in to visit our favorite laundromat so far. #shantyboat #laudromat

Back up in Whitehall, drop in to visit our favorite…

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Amtrak Empire Service through upstate New York. #shantyboat #amtrak #upstate

Amtrak Empire Service through upstate New York. #shantyboat #amtrak #upstate

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Next phase of our shantyboat journey: Amtrak north to get the truck. #shantyboat #amtrak #crazytrain

Next phase of our shantyboat journey: Amtrak north to get…

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The western half of the historic Rondout district along Rondout Creek in Kingston. The entire largely black neighborhood east of Broadway was bulldozed as part of “urban renewal“ in the 1960s. #shantyboat #urbanrenewal #lostneighborhood #invisiblestories

The western half of the historic Rondout district along Rondout…

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Current exhibits in the Jeremiah Daniels Executive Washroom Gallery aboard the shantyboat. #shantyboat #artgallery

Current exhibits in the Jeremiah Daniels Executive Washroom Gallery aboard…

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Though part of the American landscape since at least the 19th century, with the exception of a handful of memoirs and pulp fiction, there is very little written about shantyboat communities. #shantyboat #pulpfiction

Though part of the American landscape since at least the…

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Leo Bower generously shared photos he’s collected of the early days of the Hudson waterfront

Leo Bower generously shared photos he’s collected of the early…

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Stilllife with shantyboat #shantyboat #stilllife

Stilllife with shantyboat #shantyboat #stilllife

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The jonboat looks like a swimming pool after last night’s torrential downfall #shantyboat #heavyrain #rain

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Interview with Mary Liz and Paul Stewart about the Underground Railroad History Project they co-instigate

Interview with Mary Liz and Paul Stewart about the Underground…

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Lovely to interview Mary Liz and Paul Stewart from the Underground Railroad Project in Albany, NY. We were able to catch them after their presentation at the Black History conference at HRMM. undergroundrailroadhistory.org/

Lovely to interview Mary Liz and Paul Stewart from the…

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The Daily Freeman: Shanty boat crew, docking in Kingston, gathers disappearing history of nation’s river people

The Daily Freeman by William J. Kemble   KINGSTON, N.Y. >>…

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In the Riverport Wooden Boat School (part of the Hudson River Maritime Museum) people are building big and little boats

In the Riverport Wooden Boat School (part of the Hudson…

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Benzy’s photo of the Hudson Lighthouse as we were returning too late and too dark across the river from Athens

Benzy’s photo of the Hudson Lighthouse as we were returning…

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We mist have arrived at Rondout Creek in Kingston because here is the beautiful Clearwater Sloop

We mist have arrived at Rondout Creek in Kingston because…

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Interview with Leo Bower. We talked about the town of Hudson, the Fugary shantytown and the characters who lived there

Interview with Leo Bower. We talked about the town of…

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Greetings from Hudson New York

Greetings from Hudson New York

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In Hudson NY there are over 120 Bangladeshi families, some of whom maintain a community garden along the river down by the Shacks. Seeing the women’s bright clothes among the rich greens of the garden was beautiful

In Hudson NY there are over 120 Bangladeshi families, some…

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The mysteries of low tide. This is the first we’ve been in a tidal river

The mysteries of low tide. This is the first we’ve…

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Exploring Hudson’s Fugery Boat Club, i.e., the North Dock Tin Boat Association or just the Shacks. A hundred year old collection of shanties whose occupants were evicted in 2013

Exploring Hudson’s Fugery Boat Club, i.e., the North Dock Tin…

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Spencer met us at the dock when we arrived in Hudson and was charming and helpful while we were there. He also told delightfully funny drunk stories

Spencer met us at the dock when we arrived in…

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This is my selfie of the captain of the Dotty, a kinda Cap’n Bly character

This is my selfie of the captain of the Dotty,…

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Coeymans Landing Marina

While eating dinner with my son, I received the most…

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At ör in downtown Hudson. Beer and pool at noon on a hot day

At ör in downtown Hudson. Beer and pool at noon…

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So far, we are impressed by Hudson‘s necklace a beautiful parks above the bluff. Hudsons middle-of-the-river lighthouse in the background

So far, we are impressed by Hudson‘s necklace a beautiful…

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The Saratogian: Steamboat Meet brings ships, tales to Waterford

The Saratogian By Joseph Phelan WATERFORD, N.Y. >> Over the…

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Gathering the Untold Stories of Vanishing Hudson River People

A rustic recreated mid-century shanty boat, a daring river voyage…

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Seeking to understand new places as we move through them

Seeking to understand new places as we move through them

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Dear Yachters, you are responsible for your wake when you damage other people’s boats, and you are why we hate yachters. How many ways can you interpret “No Wake Zone?

Dear Yachters, you are responsible for your wake when you…

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The sleepy little hamlet of Castleton-on-Hudson

The sleepy little hamlet of Castleton-on-Hudson

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Miranda’s Deli in Albany, which was recommended to us by a passerby, has a long line at lunchtime

Miranda’s Deli in Albany, which was recommended to us by…

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Loitering under the Livingston Ave Swing Bridge built in 1866 and replaced in 1901. We talked to Steve who operated the bridge

Loitering under the Livingston Ave Swing Bridge built in 1866…

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After we started drinking at 10am in his birthday, Miah agreed to his next tat

After we started drinking at 10am in his birthday, Miah…

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Interview with Chris Callaghan who organizes the Steamboat Meet and the Tugboat Roundup at the Waterford Harbor

Interview with Chris Callaghan who organizes the Steamboat Meet and…

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Interview with Virginia Clarkson who told us all about growing up in the Bronx and made her way to Waterford

Interview with Virginia Clarkson who told us all about growing…

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Greeting party at the Rusty Anchor floating barge bar in Troy NY

Greeting party at the Rusty Anchor floating barge bar in…

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Ships hounds Hazel

Ships hounds Hazel

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Skipper Benzy

Skipper Benzy

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Whas up, Troy. We in you

Whas up, Troy. We in you

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Interview with Sean, Jess, Ayla, and Mia who talked about living in small town Upstate New York

Interview with Sean, Jess, Ayla, and Mia who talked about…

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Welcome our new shipmate Jeremiah who has been on all five Secret History expeditions since 2014

Welcome our new shipmate Jeremiah who has been on all…

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V, Shonica, and Carlos brought us breakfast. In exchange, we got them addicted to good espresso

V, Shonica, and Carlos brought us breakfast. In exchange, we…

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“We came upon a rickety house raft… putting upstream powered by an old outboard and piloted by a wrinkled, sun-tanned old man

“We came upon a rickety house raft... putting upstream powered…

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All of Bill’s friend join him on the tug to view the fireworks

All of Bill’s friend join him on the tug to…

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Exhibition in Waterford: more people than you can shake a stick at. Including my old Jr High school friend, Corey

Exhibition in Waterford: more people than you can shake a…

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