Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Numbered train lines are — once again — suffering loss of service in Brooklyn

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By Colin Mixson and Chandler Kidd

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Service along the 2 and 5 train lines has been suspended across Brooklyn, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which blamed the disruption on a malfunctioning switch at Franklin Avenue.

Trains along the 3 and 4 lines remain in service, but are skipping stops between Utica Avenue and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. For service to Kensington Avenue or Nostrand Avenue stops, the transit authority is advising straphangers to take the B45 bus from Franklin Avenue at St. John’s Place, or take the C train to Nostrand Avenue and from there transfer to a B44.

Southbound 2 trains will stop at South Ferry, while southbound 5 trains will terminate at Bowling Green, with neither train crossing into Brooklyn, according to the Authority.

Even after enduring long waits in the sweltering heat, some commuters, anticipating equally frustrating conditions topside, were reluctant to transfer to a bus.

“I’ve been down here for 20 minutes, and it’s overcrowded.” said Margaret Low, who waited on a packed Brooklyn-bound 5 train stalled in the station. “I would go and switch to a bus, but I’m afraid that’s going to be crowded too.”

Monday’s service cut mirrors a similar disruption that struck during the evening rush on Friday, when numbered lines including the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 trains suffered a citywide shutdown beginning at 6 p.m., stranding straphangers mere hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency in response to a brutal heat wave, which caused significant blackouts throughout southern Brooklyn.

For service updates, follow @NYCTSubway on Twitter, or head to the Transit Authority’s website.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at (718) 260-4505, or email cmixson@schnepsmedia.com

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Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Numbered train lines are — once again — suffering loss of service in Brooklyn

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By Colin Mixson and Chandler Kidd

Brooklyn Paper

Service along the 2 and 5 train lines has been suspended across Brooklyn, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which blamed the disruption on a malfunctioning switch at Franklin Avenue.

Trains along the 3 and 4 lines remain in service, but are skipping stops between Utica Avenue and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. For service to Kensington Avenue or Nostrand Avenue stops, the transit authority is advising straphangers to take the B45 bus from Franklin Avenue at St. John’s Place, or take the C train to Nostrand Avenue and from there transfer to a B44.

Southbound 2 trains will stop at South Ferry, while southbound 5 trains will terminate at Bowling Green, with neither train crossing into Brooklyn, according to the Authority.

Even after enduring long waits in the sweltering heat, some commuters, anticipating equally frustrating conditions topside, were reluctant to transfer to a bus.

“I’ve been down here for 20 minutes, and it’s overcrowded.” said Margaret Low, who waited on a packed Brooklyn-bound 5 train stalled in the station. “I would go and switch to a bus, but I’m afraid that’s going to be crowded too.”

Monday’s service cut mirrors a similar disruption that struck during the evening rush on Friday, when numbered lines including the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 trains suffered a citywide shutdown beginning at 6 p.m., stranding straphangers mere hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency in response to a brutal heat wave, which caused significant blackouts throughout southern Brooklyn.

For service updates, follow @NYCTSubway on Twitter, or head to the Transit Authority’s website.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at (718) 260-4505, or email cmixson@schnepsmedia.com

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By now it’s old news that the world is living through a retreat of democracy. For a dozen consecutive years, the number of countries where liberty has declined has exceeded those where it has expanded, according to Freedom House. Autocrats are stepping up repression; populist movements are rising in Europe and the United States. China and Russia are offering new models of high-tech dictatorship.

The drift augurs ill for human governance in the 21st century. That’s why it’s encouraging that an unexpected and underreported counter-trend has appeared in the summer of 2019. Mass movements of people resisting the new authoritarianism have been popping up across the world.

In Hong Kong, the largest demonstrations since the restoration of Chinese sovereignty in 1997 have rocked the city, forcing authorities to withdraw legislation that would have critically weakened the rule of law. In Central and Eastern Europe, a host of countries have seen huge anti-government protests aimed at corruption or creeping authoritarianism. And in Africa,persistent pro-democracy street movements have continued in Sudan and Algeria even after the ousters of their entrenched rulers.

True, decisive results so far have been limited. This month, the Sudanese military signed a deal with civilian groups setting up a joint governing council and laying out a three-year transition to democracy. But the military will rule for the first 21 months, and many suspect it will seek to derail the process. Algerian protesters are demanding free elections in six months, but their generals remain resistant.

Following popular protests, Moldova and Slovakia have new leaders committed to rooting out criminality, and Romania’s once-dominant politician has been sent to prison. But demonstrations demanding the removal of corrupt and thuggish governments in the Czech Republic and Georgia have yet to succeed. Though Hong Kong’s Civil Human Rights Front has forced a tactical retreat by the Chinese regime of Xi Jinping, its longer-term prospects look cloudy at best.

What all this means, according to Larry Diamond, a Stanford University scholar who studies democracy, is that “we are perched at a volatile and possibly historic moment” – and much depends on how the United States and other established democracies respond. “Forthright rhetoric and vigorous diplomatic and aid engagement could tip some of these countries [back] in a democratic direction,” he told me. “But if what autocrats see is Western apathy or pure realpolitik, they will judge that they have plenty of space to get as nasty as they need to.”

So far the U.S. record has been mixed: It depends on whether President Donald Trump, a reliable friend to strongmen and populists, has weighed in. Where he hasn’t, as in Sudan and Moldova, U.S. envoys have played a positive role. One joined with other outside powers in inducing the Sudanese army to accept the power-sharing deal with the civilian opposition. Another helped persuadeMoldova’s dominant oligarch to swallow a reformist government determined to break his hold on the judiciary and electoral system.

In Hong Kong, on the other hand, a plan by the outgoing U.S. consul to deliver a speech in support of the protest movement was squelched by the State Department. According to the Financial Times, Trump promised Xi at their meeting in Osaka, Japan, last month that he would keep quiet about Hong Kong while the two pursued a trade agreement.

Diamond has just published a new book chronicling “the rise of illiberal, anti-immigrant populist movements in Europe and the United States; the steady decline in the quality of American democracy; and the surge in global power of Russia and China, which are avidly undermining democracies and liberal values around the world.” Much of it is depressing reading.

But Diamond also reports encouraging data on whether people are losing faith in democracy. The short answer is that they are not. In recent surveys, 69 percent of respondents in Latin American countries, 89 percent in East Asia, 72 percent in Africa and 81 percent of Middle Eastern Arabs agreed with some version of the Winston Churchill-inspired precept that democracy might have its problems, but it’s still the best form of government.

That helps to explain what has happened this summer. It turns out that large numbers of people around the world still want democracy enough to take to the streets to demand it. The problem in those places lies not in popular will but in established democratic governments, which more often than not these days are unwilling to defend freedom elsewhere.

The retreat by the United States matters most. “We can get lucky and see some countries beating back autocracy, even in the absence of our help and encouragement,” says Diamond. But while Trump is president, the democratic recession is likely to continue.

Jackson Diehl is deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post.

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Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Meet Fort Greene Park’s biggest fan!

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By Elizabeth Winn

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A veteran city parks advocate has taken the reigns at the Fort Greene Parks Conservancy, and will use her considerable urban planning experience to ensure locals have a top-notch green space to enjoy, according to one conservancy honcho.

“Rosamond’s experience working with a wide array of agencies and groups in NYC and her personal poise, humility, and work ethic made her a great fit,” said Brad Schneller, who serves on the board of directors for Fort Greene Park Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization that helps maintain the park and organize programming.

Rosamond Fletcher took over as the conservancy’s first executive director last month, and says she looks forward to working with a diverse mix of park patrons to ensure she understands what locals want out of Fort Greene’s eponymous green space.

“Fort Greene Park exists in a unique context with great socioeconomic diversity, so the Conservancy has a responsibility to engage with all community members to balance priorities and build consensus, as possible,” Fletcher said.

And coming hot on the heels of a nearly seven-year tenure as director of programs for the Design Trust for Public Space, Fletcher said she understands the most important thing about city parks are the people who use them, and she looks forward to expanding the green space’s appeal to a wider audience.

“Talking to people in the park about their experiences in the park, what they care about, and how the conservancy can strengthen their connection to the park or, better yet, talking to people in the neighborhood that have not yet ventured into the park or taken advantage of our programming and then seeing them in the park!”

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Attorney General William P. Barr’s review of the Obama-era conclusion that Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump sets up a struggle between the nation’s top spies and Mr. Trump’s skeptical Republican allies.
On one side are President Trump’s past two CIA directors and his current chief of national intelligence. All have publicly endorsed the January 2017 intelligence community assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered to help Mr. Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.
But there are dissenters, and they are close to the White House.
Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a report last year that found no Russian-Trump conspiracy. Special counsel Robert Mueller confirmed the finding in March.
Mr. Nunes made a less noticed finding. He said intelligence chiefs violated good tradecraft by writing the assessment section on Mr. Putin’s intentions. What’s more, Fred Fleitz, who served inside the White House as National Security Adviser John R. Bolton’s chief of staff, has written a series of columns casting doubt on the section about Mr. Putin’s role in the election.


Mr. Fleitz is being considered as a possible replacement for Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, whose job is in jeopardy because of testimony this year on North Korea, a White House adviser told The Washington Times.
Mr. Coats reportedly angered the president by telling Congress that U.S. intelligence agencies don’t believe North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will give up his nuclear weapons, despite the president’s groundbreaking diplomatic outreach to Pyongyang and its leader. He gave the Senate testimony on the eve of Mr. Trump’s second summit with Mr. Kim in Vietnam in February.
Axios first reported this month on Mr. Coats’ shaky status, and Mr. Fleitz has been interviewed in the Oval Office by Mr. Trump and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
Mr. Trump has always bristled at the intelligence community findings that Mr. Putin helped him win the presidency.

The assessment came from two Obama loyalists who have since become Mr. Trump’s most ardent critics on CNN and MSNBC: former CIA Director John O. Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper. Also signing off was another fierce Trump critic, then-FBI Director James B. Comey.
Mr. Brennan and Mr. Clapper have accused the president of being an agent for Russia. The Mueller report, which looked at “any links” between Trump allies and Russians, made no mention of Trumpconnections to the Kremlin as some kind of operative.
Former intelligence officials told The Times that Mr. Barr wants to determine whether there was any political influence to skew the conclusions of the intelligence community assessment.
Mr. Coats seemed to confirm that Mr. Barr is conducting a wide-ranging investigation of intelligence agency activities. After Mr. Trump announced in May that he had granted Mr. Barr wide powers to collect information and declassify material, Mr. Coats issued his own statement in response.
“Much like we have with other investigations and reviews,” the statement read, “the intelligence community … will provide the Department of Justice all of the appropriate information for its review of intelligence activities related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
Casting a wide net
Mr. Barr’s search for material on “intelligence activities related to Russian interference” indicates that he is casting a wide net.
Senior Trump aides back the intelligence community assessment, including former CIA director and now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, one of Mr. Trump’s closest advisers.
Asked by Sen. Kamala D. Harris, California Democrat, at his Senate CIA confirmation hearing, “Do you fully accept its findings? Yes or No.” Mr. Pompeo answered, “I’ve seen nothing to cast any doubt on the findings in the report.”
He later told the intelligence committee, “Everything I’ve seen suggests to me that the report has an analytical product that is sound.”
Likewise, Gina Haspel, a career spy who succeeded Mr. Pompeo as director of the CIA, endorsed the intelligence community assessment.
Then there was the Helsinki episode that prompted Mr. Coats to immediately weigh in publicly.
A year ago, Mr. Trump stood alongside Mr. Putin when a reporter asked about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
“I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Mr. Trumpsaid.
The answer astonished the intelligence community, which thought the issue was settled.
Back at the White House, Mr. Trump said he had mangled his answer. He wanted to say “wouldn’t be” surprised to hear of Russian attempts to interfere.
Mr. Coats then posted a statement to reaffirm the intelligence community assessment.
“We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security,” the statement read in part.
Former intelligence officials told The Times it appears the order on Mr. Barr’s powers will allow the Justice Department to hunt for any documentation of a political motive in writing the Russian assessment. The report’s authors said they had “high confidence” in their findings.
But people close to Mr. Trump have their doubts.
Mr. Nunes has said he found great fault in how the Obama appointees wrote the intelligence community assessment on Mr. Putin’s intentions.
“While the committee found that most ICA analysis held up to scrutiny, the investigation also identified significant intelligence tradecraft failings that undermine confidence in the ICA judgments regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategic objectives for disrupting the U.S. election,” his 2018 report said.
CIA analysts and their draft was subjected to an unusually constrained review and coordination process, which deviated from established practice.”
The Wall Street Journal and other news sites reported that Mr. Barr is reviewing the assessment.
Focus of investigation
Mr. Barr’s main stated focus is to determine how the FBI investigation into the Trump colleagues began and what role Western intelligence services played in surveilling campaign workers. Mr. Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to head the investigation. Republicans in Congresswonder whether FBI informants were put into place for the sole purpose of getting a Trump ally to say something that could justify an investigation.
Stefan Halper, an academic and longtime Washington national security scholar, was an FBI informant assigned to spy on at least two Trump associates: George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. The FBIalso assigned a flirtatious woman of mystery who assumed the role of office assistant to Mr. Halper.
FBI agent Peter Strzok formally opened the investigation on July 31, 2016, after an Australian diplomat in London reported that Mr. Papadopoulos told him that the Russians had obtained Mrs. Clinton emails.
Mr. Papadopoulos heard the gossip from another mysterious figure, Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor who traveled in Russian and Western circles. He has not been seen in public for months.
Mr. Papadopoulos said he believes Mr. Mifsud was a Western plant; the FBI believes he was a Russian agent but has produced little evidence.

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9:51 PM 7/18/2019 – Who is behind Epstein? The Questions for Investigations.

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“Epstein wasn’t just a serial child rapist, he was acting as some kind of hub for other child rapists and sexual assaulters”, says Palmer. 


I will second Palmer, I agree with him. I also have the impression that Jeffrey Epstein was more of a “supplier” for his clients, to keep them pleased, whatever pleased them (and him). 

Was Mr. Trump one of his “clients”? 

Were Epstein and Melania lovers, as I asked previously? 

What were the circumstances of his introduction of Melania to Trump? 

Were there money or some exchange involved, for his services? 

Did Trump and his FBI friends play any role in investigations and prosecutions of Epstein, overtly or covertly?

What are Epstein’s connections to the TOC: Slovenian, Balkan, Russian, German, and to the corresponding Intelligence Services? 

Who were Epstein’s clients? 

What were Epstein’s relations with the Deutsche Bank? 

Who is behind Epstein? 

What are Epstein’s relations with Ghislaine Maxwell, and who was Robert Maxwell? He looks like the Abwehr agent to me. And he was also the “commercial antagonist” of Rupert Murdoch, curiously enough. 

What are Epstein’s relations with the Republican Party and its financial structures? 

Did Epstein play any role in financing of Trump’s campaign 2016? 

What are Epstein’s relations with Tom Barrack and other persons of the Broidy – Manafort circle? 

How exactly did Epstein make his money? What did he trade? 

What is the history and the true nature of his relations with Bear Stearns?

What was the  relationship if any, between Bear Stearns, and Abwehr, and Nazi Gold? 

Is there any connection between Epstein and Chris Cline and his death in the helicopter accident on the night of Epstein’s arrival from Paris to Teterboro airport in New Jersey? 

And so on, and so on – a lot of questions. 

Psychological understanding of the players in this political drama should also be attempted, via the formal evaluations or in other ways. It can provide the clues to motivations. 

Michael Novakhov

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6:57 AM 7/22/2019 – Investigate the possible violations of the U.S. Immigration Laws and bring the criminal charges of Sex Trafficking against Donald Trump, Melania Knauss Trump, and Jeffrey Epstein The Pimp For The Rich, who sold Melania to Donald. For how much? Find it out! Melania was brought to the U.S. on “The Einstein Visa”, which in fact was “The Epstein Visa”! #SendMelaniaBack!

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Investigate the possible violations of the U.S. Immigration Laws and bring the criminal charges of Sex Trafficking against Donald Trump, Melania Knauss Trump, and Jeffrey Epstein The Pimp For The Rich, who sold Melania to Donald. 
For how much? Find it out! 
Melania was brought to the U.S. on “The Einstein Visa”, which in fact was “The Epstein Visa”, on a special and higher level. 
For how much? Ah, Donald? 
#SendMelaniaBack! #LockMelaniaUp! 
How much did you pay for your Melania Delivery? $10 Mil? More? You should have given it to charity, you stupid fool! 
Did you and your FBI cronies also arrange the investigations and the prosecutions of Epstein after this deal, to secure your hold on your trophy and posession, and to limit their communications? 
They were lovers, after all. He prepped her for you. And Epstein counted on staying in the picture and continuing to manipulate her, for the ultimate benefit of those, whose agent he was. And I think, that Epstein employer and boss was the New Abwehr-Mob, which is confirmed by Epstein’s very special relationship with the Deutsche Bank, closely resembling its relationship with Donald Trump. 
All this has to be investigated in depth and in details, but the structure and the functions of the Donald-Melania-Jeffrey “Love”-Spying Triangle, appears to be evident. 
Sing, Epstein, sing! And sing well… 
These are the questions, among many others of the similar kind,  that should be asked of Mr. Mueller. 
Donald Trump could not do anything in any project of his, without the FBI participation, overt, but mostly covert. 
His connections with the FBI have to be investigated very carefully. It is quite possible that many FBI officials, officers, and agents, especially of the corrupt and rotten NYC Branch, were and are on Trump’s payroll. 
Naturally, Mr. Mueller would be reluctant to go into these issues, Trump – FBI Collaboration and Complicity, to avoid self-incrimination of the responsibility for the FBI misconduct when he was a Director. 
SDNY should investigate Trump and all the related issues aggressively, decisively, and fast. 

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Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Thousands of Brooklynites remain powerless as ConEd works to restore service

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Nearly 12,000 Brooklynites remain without power Monday morning as a result of the weekend’s brutal heat wave.

Con Edison shut off power in parts of southern Brooklyn — including Canarsie, Marine Park, Mill Basin and parts of Flatbush — around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, and the energy company is working to restore power more than 12 hours later.

“We are completely focused on getting customers back in service, and we regret the distress they are under,” read a company statement released Monday morning. “The actions we took were necessary to prevent longer outages to the impacted customers that would have occurred as a result of additional equipment damage. Customer service representatives are in southeast Brooklyn providing assistance as crews work to restore the remaining customers in that area, as well as other parts of our service area.”

According to ConEd’s outage map, 11,958 Brooklynites remain powerless as of 11:30 a.m. ConEd expects to fully restore power in the area by 7 p.m. Monday night.

ConEd had already restored power to 13,000 customers in the southeast Brooklyn neighborhoods by 5:25 a.m. Monday morning.

While each of the five boroughs were affected by the blackout, Brooklyn was hit the hardest according to Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who represents Sheepshead Bay and other areas who were affected by the blackout.

“Although my district was fortunate to be minimally impacted by power outages these past few days, Brooklyn as a whole was hardest hit,” he said. “New Yorkers deserve reliable electrical service, and quick restoration when there is unavoidable equipment failure… It is unacceptable that right now, more than 12 hours after the heat wave broke, there are still thousands without power.”

With temperatures exceeding 90 degrees — and reaching a city high of 94 degrees that felt like more than 100 — some city residents sought relief from the heat in their cars, with some choosing to sleep in their vehicles rather than inside their powerless homes.

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, who represents areas where ConEd decided to shut off the power, blasted the energy company for their handling of the situation.

“Many residents, including seniors, have been put in an unsafe situation because the power company that they relied on failed. As a matter of public health and safety, it simply cannot be the norm that the grid malfunctions during the hottest months,” Gounardes said. “Con Edison has a responsibility to its customers to ensure no one has their electricity turned off for hours in extreme heat. This was not an unforeseeable circumstance. ConEd should have been more prepared and must restore power to the affected areas immediately. This cannot happen again.”

The outage affected traffic signals in southern Brooklyn as well, though Mayor Bill de Blasio said that most have been restored as of Monday morning.

“We’ve brought more than half of the traffic signals back online the Flatlands-Mill Basin-Canarsie area,” he said on Twitter early Monday. “NYPD has been bringing in additional personnel to support areas still without power to direct traffic.

ConEd announced that Customer Outreach advocates will be available to assist customers at Jacob Joffe Field at Avenue K and East 58th Street, near Ralph Avenue.

The energy company is asking customers in the affected communities to continue to conserve electricity even after their power is restored.

Customers can report outages and check service restoration status at www.conEd.com/reportoutage, on ConEd’s mobile app, or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When calling, customers should report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

Customers who report outages will receive updates with their estimated restoration times as they become available.

If your power has been out for more than 12 hours, you are eligible to file a claim online with ConEd for reimbursement.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.

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Did you know that you can set sail off the Rockaways to go whale watching? That’s right. Whales, the largest mammals on our planet are just chilling out under the water, an hour out to sea from Queens.

In the last few years, humpback whales have returned to New York’s harbor for the first time in centuries. Gotham Whale, NYC’s whale research and advocacy organization, has noted an exponential increase in the number of whales since they began tracking them in 2011. The water quality has improved, so algae and zooplankton have multiplied, making food for the menhaden, food that whales go crazy for. To see them in action, American Princess has been offering a four-hour Whale Watching and Adventure Cruise that launches from Riis Landing at Jacob Riis Beach. It’s been running for the last nine years every May through early November most days of the week. They have a 90% sighting rate for a whale or a dolphin, which seem like pretty good odds considering this is right off the shoreline of the people’s beach! It’s incredible that no one I spoke to had heard anything about this.

Beyond just relaxing on a boat and seeing whales, by boarding the American Princess you can become a citizen scientist. Gotham Whale uses the whale watching activities of American Princess to collect data and make observations. Participants who take photos can help identify the whales since the patterns on the humpback whales’ tails individuate them from one another. I booked tickets for my family ($52/adult, $35/child) to join in the research.

Unlike what the name implies, the American Princess is not luxurious enough for royalty.  Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

12:30 pm: All aboard

The boat leaves at 1 pm, and if you’ve made reservations but aren’t on board, the ship will leave without you. If you are traveling on a weekend you can take the American Princess cruise directly from Manhattan to the Rockaways (for an additional $15 each way) and just stay on board until everyone gets on. Otherwise, you can do what we did and drive to the Rockaways and park at Riis Landing for free. Once you get out of the car, you’ll most likely hear the drone of the woman on the microphone and her non-stop chatter that starts from the time people are boarding straight through re-docking. Right now she is talking about falcons in the area. I’ve purchased the tickets online, so they just mark our names on and we get on. “What’s the best seat for seeing whales?” I ask, but it turns out, that depends on where the whales are. By 12:45 pm, all the alfresco seats are already taken, and we end up inside sandwiched between a flat-screen television playing cartoons (why?) and an elderly couple. The woman on the microphone is causing auditory overload, and there is a chorus of people asking “What is she even talking about?” Even if you move seats, there are speakers everywhere. “Is it too late to get off?” my husband asks. “It’s non-refundable,” I answer.

Most of what you do on a whale-watching expedition is to scan the water for wildlife. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

1:00 pm: Feeding time

We finally set sail, and looking out the window at the passing shoreline, we start to get into the spirit of things. There is a snack counter on board serving up chips and alcohol. Also, you can bring your own food onboard. Some of the creative examples include bagels and cream cheese, bags of Doritos, glass jars of kimchi, and Ziplocs full of ice. My husband goes up to get us two beers (warm) and a bag of Lays potato chips, only to find out it is cash only. Luckily, the crew member allows him to start a tab and use a card anyway. The beer is warm but does the trick, allowing us to relax into the American Princess experience. The boat is 95 feet and can hold up to 250 people on its upper and lower decks—today these include a family wearing matching Jersey’s Finest t-shirts, a group of vaping baby boomers, a multi-generational family yelling at each other in an unrecognizable language, photographers with telescopic lenses and at least one nun.

 

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Sunday Funday New York Whale & Dolphin Watching aboard the American Princess Watching six Humpback Whales, cownose rays, and 150 Bottlenose Dolphin. Amazing Day spent with wildlife in NY. The sightings have been absolutely incredible with amazing shows. Seeing the whales and dolphin in their natural habitat is a breathtaking. We sail these trips in Wednesday’s, Thursday’s, Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s check out our website for the schedule, booking info, and directions. americanprincesscruises.com #whalewatching #dolphinwatching #newyorkwhalewatching #whalewatchingtour #wildlife #bottlenosedolphin #nywhalewatching #marinelife #nyc #whalesloveny #americanprincesscruises #atlanticocean #sundayfunday #rockaway #humpbackwhales #rockawaybeach

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2:00 pm: Thar she blows

We pass by Marine Parkway Bridge, Breezy Point jetty, and the Ambrose Channel which dumps us out into the New York Harbor. The waves are choppier here, and many people outside are splashed with seaspray. We’re in open water now, and we decide to step outside to stand at the railing to look for whales. We join the others already scanning the waves for a glimpse of a humpback. “Whale at nine o’clock!” someone yells. If the boat is a clock, then you gaze out where the hands would be to find the whale. We spot something silver in the distance and think that is it. The motor revs and we get closer. Could it be? A photographer next to me looks through her long lens and tells us that’s just a Mylar balloon drifting in the ocean. A few minutes later: “Whale at four o’clock!” Most of the boat rushes starboard. “Another whale at nine o’clock.” That’s just where we are. We gaze out. “I don’t see it!” my son says. Our eyes scan the sea. “Thar she blows!” someone yells. We see a spray come out of the ocean. Then a humpback whale. Its massive body curls up over the ocean and the tail flaps back under. It was less than thirty seconds, but there it was. Over the course of the ride we see SIX different whales; for some of them we glimpse a fin, others just a tail, but all sightings are accompanied by shrieks and cheers from our boat. Then there are cownose rays and the bottlenose dolphins, 150 of them, which seem to follow our boat, leaping and jumping like mermaids. At one point, a dolphin actually leaps over a whale. “This kind of interspecies play is highly unusual!” the voice announces. It’s like an oceanic paradise if you look past the floating garbage and other boats in the harbor. 

Almost about to throw ourselves overboard. (Photo: Antonio de Pietro)

3:00 pm: Pass the Dramamine

At this point, I’m wishing I hadn’t had that beer. My son is complaining that his stomach hurts, and mine also is churning. We decide to go to the upper deck to the group of communal tables shielded from the sun. There, we join a community of the seasick in laying our heads down on the table, breathing in our nose and out through our mouths. “Whale at 5 o’clock,” the voice yells and we lift our head and take a cursory glance, then return to rest. With dolphins, we don’t even bother to lift our head. With stingrays, we don’t open our eyes. “Am I turning green?” my son asks. “No, that doesn’t really happen,” I say. “Really? Because you are,” he says. Breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth. Only two more hours left to go.

 

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4:00 pm: Back to shore

Now when the voice talks about seeing one more whale (“Our favorite whale, Jerry, at eight o’clock”) in the harbor, I start to get mad. “We should be on our way back, for crying out loud! Why are we stalking these poor whales?” Half of the upper deck passengers seem to be asleep. Only the nun looks to be in good spirits. A woman who is still shrieking each time we see a dolphin is the target of my many overboard fantasies. I literally don’t care that she seems to be the mother of five, she will sleep with the fishes in a minute, if only I had a harpoon. Once the captain announces that we are heading home, I feel a bit better. It may be because we come off of the open water where the waves are not as sickening. I chug some water, spray on some more sunscreen and head over to the windows to watch the land roll in. 

 

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5:00 pm: Still processing

Now we’re all looking at the photos and videos we’ve taken and as cell phone reception starts working, we can post our pics on Instagram. We ask someone to take our photo on the stern of the boat. We marvel at the wonders of the ocean. The woman on the microphone is still speaking a knot a minute. I can barely stand. As soon as we dock, I find the energy to jump up and sprint off the boat to dry land. Was it fun? Certainly not. Yet it did live up to the expectations of an adventure. It’s confusing: on the one hand, it was a unique and magical experience, and on the other, a roiling torture chamber. Would I recommend it? With reservations—and some Dramamine.

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