2011-05-20 / Community

Jamaica Bay Cruise Goes Swimmingly


(Left to right) Marty Nislick, Mickey Cohen, Barbara Cohen and Jennifer Callahan. (Left to right) Marty Nislick, Mickey Cohen, Barbara Cohen and Jennifer Callahan. Last Saturday over 120 people attended the RWA Jamaica Bay historical cruise benefit. The three hour tour departed from Riis Landing on the American Princess and traveled along the Jamaica Bay shoreline to the head of the bay in Nassau county.

The event was a fundraiser for redevelopment of the Rockaway Firehouse which RWA is presently adapting as Rockaway’s first LEED Certified building being converted as an environmental education center for locals and visitors alike to learn more about the Rockaway shoreline.

Marty Nislick of Rockawaymemories. com cohosted the event. Mickey Cohen narrated the historical tour along with guest speaker documentary filmmaker Jennifer Callahan (“Bungalows of Rockaway”). Many of those on the boat were Far Rockaway High School alumni who attended the event as a way to meet up with old friends, other alumni and have an excuse to return to the place they all love so much. Local residents including many from RAA, American Littoral Society and other local civic groups also attended to support the cause.


Elizabeth Manclark and the RWA youth. Elizabeth Manclark and the RWA youth. There were many families and students from RWA’s youth programs who also joined the cruise. Mickey Cohen held everyone’s attention with his funny and laid back commentary along the way.

Special thanks go out to Tom Paladino and the entire crew of American Princess for being such gracious hosts aboard the American Princess vessel. Also to Shaun Kessler of Veggie Island for providing a delicious, healthy lunch for all.

It was a great time had by all and hopefully will encourage more to appreciate the spectacular waterfront of Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula.



People on the upper deck enjoying the cruise. People on the upper deck enjoying the cruise.

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