Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
The National Park Service runs a program that rescues abandoned boats from the Jamaica Bay and tows them to Floyd Bennett Field. The discarded boats can be a real environmental bad trip -- spilling all sorts of fuel and harmful chemicals into local waterways. Volunteers say they're seeing more junked vessels during the current economic downturn -- because storing and maintaining them is truly expensive. So, the economically challenged are often leaving them behind. In this shot, an abandoned fishing boat from the 1960's is being towed and pulled into the Seaplane Ramp on Floyd Bennett Field.
Volunteer William Dunphy has been towing and dismantling derelict boats for the program for a year and a half. He says they'll soon be rescuing boats from far and wide: