DIY Gowanus Houseboat Debuts at GreenHome NYC’s Block Party!

by , 09/24/10

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To celebrate this year’s GreenHome NYC DIY Green Block Party, ‘Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum’ will take its Maiden Voyage October 2nd, floating along the Gowanus Canal – one of New York’s most environmentally disturbed waterways. Designed by artist Adam Katzman, the Jerko has been constructed from a salvaged houseboat and transformed into a laboratory and show space for the block party’s sustainability workshops. From its parabolic solar tea maker (created from broken mirrors and a dumpstered satellite dish) to its living machine (made out of pickle buckets, wetland plants and pvc), this rough-and-ready design marries do-it-yourself garage engineering with sustainable design principles.

Come early to pre-register for limited on-board tours and experience the Gowanus Canal’s first home-made boat.

Where: Green Homes NYC’s DIY Green Block Party at 3rd St (Between Bond and Hoyt)

When: Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 from 10am-6pm; Fleet arrival, christening celebration and pre-registration for a limited number of people from 1:30pm; Jerko onboard tours (pre-registration required) from 3-5pm


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  1. meganwestervelt September 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Also trying to contact Adam Katzman. I am a grad photojournalism student VERY interested in Adam’s story. Please email me at or call me at (970) 946-1441 anytime!!! Thanks:)

  2. craftsman May 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    trying to cntact adam katzman. love what you are doing. offering my band , the moto-wrays to perform at any events you are having.playing the mermaid ball in june. you can have a listen at specializing in 60s surf, standards , etc. great job..! thanks alan. , 9174050383

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