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Sunset Tour of New York Harbor

sunset water guard towerThe 19th Annual MAS Summer Boat Tour Toward a Sustainable Upper Bay Wednesday, July 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Come along as the sun goes down for a boat tour of the Harbor Islands, the Buttermilk Channel and Gowanus Bay—the scenic and the hidden parts of New York’s Upper Bay. We’ll hear about successes and challenges on the way to a sustainable future—from imaginative and dedicated individuals who are helping to lead the way. Our Host: Vin Cipolla, president, Municipal Art Society. Devoted to preservation, conservation and the arts, Mr. Cipolla has consistently provided civic leadership in these areas throughout his adult life. He was appointed president of the MAS in early 2009. Featured Speakers: Maria Burks, commissioner, National Parks of New York Harbor. Ms. Burks now oversees Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, Governors Island National Monument and Gateway National Recreation Area. Before coming to New York, Ms. Burks managed Alcatraz Island, served as superintendent of Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia and of Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts. Eric Goldstein, director, NRDC’s New York City Environment. Mr. Goldstein is a senior attorney in the Natural Resource Defense Council’s New York office. He has worked for more than 30 years on urban environmental issues, including air pollution, solid waste, drinking water and environmental justice. Mr. Goldstein is co-author of The New York Environment Book. Leslie Koch, president, Governors Island Preservation & Education Corporation (GIPEC). In 2005, approximately 8,000 visitors took the ferry to Governors Island. In 2009, the number had risen to 275,000, in large measure due to Ms. Koch’s leadership. GIPEC received a special recognition award from MAS at this year’s annual meeting for “entrepreneurship, imagination and creativity” in its “tangible enhancement” of the city’s livability. $50, $40 MAS members. MAS members may bring a guest at the same rate. UPDATED: Registration is now closed. Tickets are still available at the dock (Pier 83, 42nd St. and 12th Avenue, MAP).