Downtown Social: Celebrating NYC as a City of Water

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Text by Adel Manoukian Photos by Ian Douglas Key local and state officials and prominent waterfront activists got a splash as they celebrated the fifth annual City of Water Day Festival on Governors Island this past Saturday. The festival included a dockside press conference at South Street Seaport's Pier 17, followed by a launch event on Manhattan by Sail's Clipper City where Council member Margaret Chin presented a city Proclamation to the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) in honor of the festival. Many adventurous attendees chose to reach Governers Island using human-powered water vessels, like the New York City Downtown boathouse which used a series of kayaks. While others already on the island were treated to a tour of an historic tugboat and paddleboarding demonstrations. For the past five years, the festival has drawn over 20,000 people. Past celebrations have taken place at Liberty State Park and other sites around the harbor. Organizers of the festival, MWA, would like to show residents and officials alike the potential increased uses of the harbor. The festival is also part of the growing "Blue Movement" to revitalize the waterfront so it may be accessible to all. Council member Margaret Chin presents a representative from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance with a proclamation honoring the City of Water Day festival aboard Clipper City.The historic tugboat Urger. ( [caption id="attachment_51716" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The historic tugboat Urger."]([/caption] (

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