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New York’s hottest club goes boating in sewage

The New York Times recently profiled the North Brooklyn Boat Club, the trendiest paddle group to ever hit Newtown Creek. Amazingly, there wasn't a lot of competition for the dock space:

Its docks sit just downstream from a sewage treatment plant and a recycling center. Its clubhouse is flanked by salvage yards and warehouses, not far from an area so contaminated by decades of oil spills that the soil resembles black mayonnaise. And, flashing a winking self-awareness, its logo features a rowboat in a stream gushing out of a sewer spout while a tin can and a dead rat drift alongside.

It's safe to say there's a lot of self-awareness going on here. “There’s only so many times you can see a beautiful sunset or a nice little beach. It's more fun to poke around in a commercial waterway," one member told the Times. “Once you realize you’re not going to die or get covered in toxic sludge, it's pretty relaxing,” said another.

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