From the Files of Captain Awesome: Marina 59 gets dosed with the Better Theory

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum's maiden voyage with full crew.
Marina 59 on Jamaica Bay in Queens, N.Y., is about to go from boat graveyard to thriving arts-and-sustainability-center hub, the Wall Street Journal recently reported.

Shipping containers converted into performance and gallery space by the not-for-profit ArtBloc, and Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum, a houseboat functioning as a living lab for sustainability projects by Expedition Gowanus, will be among the new arrivals at Marina 59 as part of a revitalization effort by the marina's owner, Ari Zablozki.

Arts and sustainability. Sound familiar?

Zablozki bought the waterfront in 2009 and committed himself to breathe new life into the space, which used to house abandoned boats and a single bait shop.

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum was renovated by Better Farm's friend Adam Katzman, coordinator of Expedition Gowanus. Katzman, who used to co-own a solar-energy company, bought the boat for $1 at the 79th Street Boat Basin and transported it to Gowanus and developed solar-energy and rain-water projects on it. 

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.