In conjunction with Lara Almarcegui’s project Guide to the Wastelands of Flushing River, Ludlow 38, European Kunsthalle Cologne, and the Goethe-Institut New York, together with with the Urban Landscape Lab and Long Island City Community Boathouse, invite the public on a canoe trip up the Flushing River to explore Almarcegui’s wasteland sites and the area along the river.
The event is free and open to all and will take place on Saturday May 15, 2010. Participants will meet at 11am at the Willets Point/Shea Stadium subway stop (subway line 7) at the exit to the stadium parking lot. From the parking lot we will walk to the boat launch that is located to the far east end of the Flushing Marina Bay Promenade (see directions below).
Day schedule for May 15, 2010:
11am: Meeting at Willets Point/Shea Stadium subway stop
11:15am: Walking to the boat launch
1pm: Canoe trip starts, guiding to wasteland areas along the Flushing River
2:30pm: Canoe trip ends
Directions (see map):
A: Meeting point on May 15, 2010 at 11 am
B: Boat launch
It is optional whether to show up at 11am at the station or at 12pm at the boat launch.
Almarcegui’s publication Guide to the Wastelands of Flushing River contains photographs from twelve sites in Queens accompanied by concise descriptions that outline the locations’ history, present state, and future. Visitors are invited to pick up a copy and explore these sites at their own leisure. A slide installation at the Ludlow 38 gallery on the Lower East Side presents a selection of photographs taken during Almarcegui’s excursions along Flushing River, from its original source via Willow Lake and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the site for the 1939 and the 1964 World’s Fairs, to its estuary at Flushing Bay.