August 15, 2017
On August 15th, 56 volunteers joined United by Blue, Hudson River Park Trust, and Mappy Hour for a cleanup of the Gansevoort Peninsula along the Hudson River.
The Ganesevoort Peninsula has been attractive to humans throughout the years. From the early Native Americans who harvested the oysters along the banks to 19th century Europeans who saw the peninsula an opportunity for industry people have always relied on the Hudson and surrounding land. Today, the Meatpacking District has seen a revival of residential interest. The city holds to its gritty, industrial roots with a twist of creative redevelopment particularly in the art and fashion industry, and a new focus on revitalization of the natural habitats along the banks.
Unfortunately, garbage is often washed up on shore or blown from the busy city streets, polluting the Hudson river. Our cleanup volunteers worked in teams picking up litter and debris on the rocky coastline and surveying the trash collected. In total, they were able to collect 337 lbs. of trash, and found some strange objects along the way including a railroad spike, ballet flat and a soccer ball! After the cleanup, Mappy Hour hosted a post-cleanup celebration for volunteers to network and further discuss other waterway conservation efforts. Special thanks to all of our partners who made this cleanup possible: Hudson River Park Trust, Mappy Hour, and Zipcar.