Row, Row, Row, Your Boat.
The childhood song was exactly what 100 fourth grader students had the opportunity to do down the Newtown Creek advised by staff from the North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC). The boat ride lead by NBBC at Broadway Stages' Boatyard is part of an educational program designed to teach students about the history of the river and how to keep the ecology of the river clean for the future.
The local river, which was once a high density highway for transportation between New Jersey and New York and a common destination for dumping waste decades ago, eventually becoming a Superfund site marked for environmental cleanup. However since then, in part thanks to the Newtown Creek wastewater treatment facility along with increasing awareness and government intervention, the river has considerably become cleaner and safer. Though a significant improvement of the water quality to the years prior, there needs to be a continuous need to educate and communal effort from reverting back to how it was before.
As a Brooklyn business, Broadway Stages believes that it is part of our duty to the Brooklyn community to increase awareness about the environmental importance of the iconic river. Believing it is important for future generations to appreciate and preserve the natural ecology of our shared creek, Broadway Stages wishes to improve the Newtown Creek for all Brooklynites to enjoy and works to achieve that dream by setting up educational programs with NBBC. By working with NBBC, Broadway Stages invites has invited many Brooklynites, with a focus on students, to come to the Broadway Stages Boatyard to learn about the ecology of the Newtown Creek.
A key element that lead the popularity of and success of the partnership program between NBBC and Broadway Stages, is the use of fun but educational teaching methods. Allowing students to throughly enjoy the river, they are taken on 12-man boat trips down the river to experience first hand the amazing ecology of the river to inspire them to preserve the its current state and work to improve it even more in the future. Broadway Stages and NBBC hope to restore the Newtown Creek to its natural beauty completely and can only do it with the help of Brooklynites of the next generation. Lets Keep Brooklyn clean and eco friendly!