Friday, September 23, 2011

Good Morning Rickshaw, Good Evening Ice Bike

The city is hot as hell and beautiful as ever. We walked around Red Fort yesterday and through the markets near there. Goat heads, fish, spices and auto parts for sale...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

we're here!

we've arrived in new delhi and it smells wonderful. catching a train to farrukhabad tomorrow, can't wait to see the river and our boats again. here are proposal drawings for our performance in varanasi, scheduled for early november (at the time of the diwali festival)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Swimming Cities crew prepare for departure

From left to right: Robin Frohardt, Charlie Buckets, Orien McNeill, Porter Fox, Mayra Cimet, Lamar VanDriver, Angie Kang (not everyone pictured is traveling - still, bon voyage!)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ganges Itinerary

Swimming Cities 2011 Ganges Itinerary

21 -24 (Wed-Sun) Arrival and Stay in New Delhi
24-25(Saturday) Voyage to Farrukhabad
25- 9 Build in Farrukhabad

9 Arual
10 Nanaman
11 Nearby Bithur
11-13 Shivarajpur
13 Nearby Kanpur
14 Najavghar
14-17 Bhidor
17 Navstha
18-21 Kara
21 Nearby Allahabad
22 Rasulpur
23-24 Vindhyanshel
24-27 (Wed) Chanar
27 (Thu) Adlpura
28 (Fri) Varanassi
28-8 Build at Varanassi

6-9 Festival Ganga Mahotsav
10 Dev. Diwali Full Moon
8-12(?) Collaborative Finishing of Sculpture
12-20 Break Down to Storage

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Come To Our Last Last Last Party! (Before we go to India)

Swimming Cities presents:

The Last Last Last Party

(Before We Get the Hell Out Of Here and Take Our Boats Down the Ganges River)

We’re leaving September 20 for India…but before we do we’re throwing one last blowout in Bed-Stuy, Friday Sept. 16, to party with our friends. Booty dancing, booze, freaks and face paint all night with DJs Stache, Tinseltown and Dave O'Clock. 16 oz. beers for $2 all night; open bar 9:30-10:30. We’ve been building boats and fundraising for two years, and now we’re headed to the Ganges for a 400-mile river trip...Come send us off in style from 9pm-late!

Friday, Sept. 16

80 Vernon Avenue, between Marcy and Tompkins, Brooklyn

G train to Myrtle/Willoughby station

9:30-late; $5 all night

21 and over

Friday, September 2, 2011

Swimming Cities presents A Weekend at the Boggsville Boatel

Swimming Cities Presents:
Constance Hockaday’s Boggsville Boatel
September 8- 9- 10.

photo by: lunar camel co

The Boggsville Boatel in Far Rockaway, has been SOLD OUT all summer long. We’re auctioning rooms for a weekend bash September 8-10. (All proceeds go to the Swimming Cities India raft project...We leave Sept 20!) Scroll down to see the boats and current bids. Send an email to or text or call 718-757-2558 to bid on your favorite boat and extend your summer one more night! All auctions will end 24 hours before check-in time. So you have time to pack!

Scroll down to see listings and prices for all the boats. Published prices represent the current highest bid. Bid up from there ...

1. The Chris Craft | Current Bid Per Night: Friday 9/9 $95

A new addition to the fleet... This 1960s vintage cruiser was decked out by the Swimming Cities crew. It sleeps 6 in two double beds and two bunk beds and has a sexy bar built into the stern. Plenty of room to lounge on the sky bridge, bow or poop deck.

2. Crumb | Current Bid Per Night: Saturday 9/10 $100

Crumb is a quaint and comfortable boat and was probably previously owned by an elderly couple. There is a private sleeping area; it’s spacious and perfect for rolling around in. She sleeps 4 people. This boat also has a shaded top deck with reclining furniture.

3. Ms. Nancy Boggs | Current Bid Per Night: Saturday 9/10 $150

Ms. Boggs is a rustic floating cabin. This 1967 Drift-R houseboat has been remodeled into down-home love nest. This boat can sleep 4 or 5 people. There are two beds, one of which can fit 3.5 people and the other just one. It is the perfect place to roll around with more than one or two. It has a spacious breakfast nook and several decks for sun bathing, fishing, or picnicking.

4. Four C's | Current Bid Per Night: Saturday 9/10 $80

The Four C's is a little cabin cruiser with a dinette, double V-berth and teak interior. There's a nice deck for sittin' on the stern too...

5. Americano | Current Bid Per Night: Saturday 9/10 $70

Americano is a Guido vessel with a long sloping bow. This boat is very private and sleeps 3-4. The windows are tinted and the inside is very Slick Rick.

6. New York, NY | Current Bid Per Night: Saturday 9/10 $70

New York, NY is Euro. This boat has been remodeled to be more open than she was originally designed to be. She sleeps 3-4 people, and she has a breakfast nook, a great space for preparing lunches, and a desk for the writer-ly types.

7. Queen Zenobia | Current Bid Per Night: Saturday 9/10 $80

Queen Zenobia is a classy little 30-foot yacht. She can sleep 3-4 people, if they are willing to snuggle up. On this boat there is a comfortable little breakfast nook and plenty of deck space for lounging around.

The Boggsville Boatel is a floating hotel and theater fashioned out of abandoned and re-claimed boats, all of which sleep 2-5 people. Six of the vessels are leisure fishing crafts from the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, ranging from 28 to 40 feet long. Another is a 70’s drifter houseboat remodeled into a rustic penthouse. Rooms include dinner and access to our GOING AWAY PARTY Sept 10 right next door at Marina 59, from 8pm-late. Kick it on your poop deck four blocks from the beach with cold beer, all of your friends and swim trunks—plus Cocktail Cruises in Jamaica Bay, Jerk Burgers & Pineapple Hot Dogs by Carnival Queen Lamar Iposa and Sea Shanty Karaoke.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Marina 59 & Swimming Cities Summer Extension & Going Away Party

Saturday, September 10 at 2:00pm - September 11 at 2:00am

The Swimming Cities is extending summer one last weekend with a Far Rockaway Boating & Beach Holiday at Marina 59. Last chance for a summer getaway from the city and only an hour away by train...

Rent out an otherwise sold out Boggsville Boatel boat for a sleepover Thursday, Friday, & Saturday (Sept . 8. 9. 10)

We'll be celebrating Saturday with Cocktail Cruises in Jamaica Bay, Honey Rum Drink Specials, Jerk Burgers & Pineapple Hot Dogs by Carnival Queen Lamar Iposa, DJs, live music, outdoor movie screenings of maritime favorites, affordable art for sale, swimming in the bay, & evening festivities hosted by Brooklyn Pirates.

Paddleboard, kayak, and skiff rentals available. We are expecting temperatures in the mid-70s so please bring an extra layer if you are not planning to sweat on the dance floor

Please no outside booze. Dogs & Moms welcome!
All Ages, $5 Suggested Donation

Four blocks from the beach & Two blocks from the A Train at Beach 60th St!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Battle for Mau Mau Island!!

The battle is over. The dead have been buried. Now the victors will celebrate their booty(ies) at a grand dance party in Bed-Stuy! (See photos of the battle here.)

An article on Mau Mau in L Magazine here.

A celebration of The Battle for Mau Mau Island with Rusty Lazer (New Orleans, Bounce!), Dirtyfinger (Black Label), Geko Jones (Que Bajo?!) and Barney Iller (Rubulad).
Last weekend the naval gangs of New York assembled to Battle for Mau Mau Island. Come see the fallen soldiers, harvested booty, and glorious victors at a new two-story space in Bed-Stuy.

Mau Mau gangs, gladiator raft jousting, cocktail catacombs, clothing optional watergun fight, underground gambling & film screenings of eerily beautiful movies set on the water, slide show and videos of the battle, and an awards presentation for the victors. Wet & wild all night long.

Saturday, July 30, 9:30- late
80 Vernon Ave, between Marcy & Tompkins
(G train to Myrtle/Willoughby 1 block away; or J,M,Z to Myrtle)
Ice cold beer and watermelon vodka open bar 9:30-10:30
$5 for gangs in matching costumes, Mau Mau vets, or before 11pm, $10 otherwise; 21+
All proceeds go directly to the Swimming Cities India project.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Swimming Cities presents BORDERTOWN

a party so big we had to divide it in half

JORO BORO (ex-Bulgarian Bar/Tsunami Bass Experience)
TINSELTOWN (Flux Factory/ImageNode)
GUAPO FEO (Rubulad)
2MELO (Cumba Mela)

$10 before 11pm or with costume; $15 otherwise.
Bordertown takes place in a converted trolley repair station scheduled to be demolished this summer.

(at Tompkins Ave)
Subway A, C to Kingston-Throop Aves.

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All proceeds go to Swimming Cities Ganges River project in India, fall of 2011

Choose your allegiance between the two fabulous party nations of VULGARIA & TAKISTAN. After an impassioned disagreement over whether a Pomeranian's nose is mauve or puce, a great wall has been erected between them, patrolled by the world's sexiest border guards.
Celebrate the absurd & arbitrary nature of borders, bureaucracy, and class inequality with us in this epic event that is designed to inspire the joys of insurrection, freedom, & integration.

The grungy Eastern Block gypsy state of VULGARIA invites you to celebrate the most debaucherous of holidays, National Vulgaria Day, the filthiest drunken day of the year. Festivities ruled by the corrupt dictator DAVO , featuring The People's National Thieves Market ,Tattoos, Rickshaw rides, Raunchy Street Food, Bike Jousting, Catherine the Terrible's Cossack Guard, Fortune Telling at the Altar of Saraghina, visuals by VJ FuzzyBastard, and Surprises!

The opulent monarchy of TAKISTAN invites you on the day of the great royal wedding to enjoy decadent attractions, featuring His Majesty's Royal Casino, Princess Cupcake's Naughty Boudoir, The Grand Inquisitor's quiz show, Dr. Adventure's Royal Guard, The Royal Passport Scavenger Hunt, the Royal Ultra-Tacky Runway Show, Live acts by Laura McMillian of the Egyptian Shumba and by Sugar in the Gas Tank, S&M Royal Wedding Visuals by The Housewives' Guide to Anatomy, Dirty Uncle Pony Rides and More Surprises!
Dress in your Princess Best for a chance to wed the dashing Prince of Takistan!

Patriotic Libations include: Vulgaria's national cocktail "The Three-Legged Mule" and Her Majesty's royal imbibement "Groundskeeper's Embrace at the Summer Palace" and yes, back by popular demand "Morning After Pill Jello Shots!"




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we always need help! if you'd like to volunteer, e-mail: theoceanofblood(at)gmail(dot)com

Monday, May 16, 2011

Come Party With US!

Friday, May 27, 10pm-LATE
97 Wycoff Ave., Bushwick, Brooklyn
Dekalb Ave (L), Myrtle/Wycoff (M)
$5 cover

It's a VERY SPECIAL Memorial Day Weekend Party!

Swimming Cities joins up with two dance floor SUPER POWERS!

Dirty Finger (Black Label Bicycle Club, BK)
Rusty Lazer (New Orleans Bounce)
Lady Business (New Orleans)


... and, because we love you, there will be a Bike Burlesque act with Heather Loop and her foxy, delicious troop!

$5 Cover.
No Costumes necessary.
Cheap Beer.
Summer drinks.
Lots of Boobs.
Lots of Booty.
Yacht Shachts. The Sophisticated Slide. And some classic boat drinks specials are being brewed - plus actual homebrew (what!!) - start inviting all yer friends people!! It's going down next Friday Night!

and save the date for BORDERTOWN JUNE 3RD

Check out the facebook event

Friday, May 13, 2011

Our hero, Reid Stowe, passing under the Manhattan Bridge today. Last year, Reid broke the record for consecutive days at sea without resupply - 1,152 days - and his partner, Soanya, broke the record for longest sea voyage for a woman. They and their three-year-old son, Darshen, just got booted from their docking space in Queens and are looking for a home! If you have ANY leads for where they might find a space in or around Manhattan, please email them at

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Animal Farm Ruled!! (Clear your calendar for our next party, June 3, details TBA.)

More Animal Farm PARTY PICS here:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ANIMAL FARM: The Seven Commandments of Animalism BBQ & Dance Party

Time Out's number one party in NYC!!

Swimming Cities Presents:


The Seven Commandments of Animalism BBQ & Dance Party

Friday May 6, 5pm-4a.m.

370 Ten Eyck, between Waterbury and Morgan, Brooklyn

Come early for a real, live afternoon pig roast, robotic petting zoo, swimming pool, lawn chair balloon flights, wife-beater wet T-shirt contest, live bluegrass with "Crooks and Perverts," Frito pie, $3 beers and honey-lemon-pepper-ginger vodka shots. The late show starts at 10pm with a Half Hour of Power® open bar from 10-10:30pm. Stay all night for a dance party with DJ Dirtyfinger.

$5 before 10 or with a costume, $10 after.

COSTUME SUGGESTIONS: Old Major, Bolshevik Old MacDonald, Greased Pig, Colonel Sanders, Miss Piggy, Mr. ED on Raging Coke Bender, Stalin, Trotsky, Or Lenin in Kremlin Casual, Marx-Engels Hybrid, KGB, Templeton

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Boats Are on the Ganges!!!!

Mike O'Toole unpacked the container today in Fatehgarh, India, near the shores of the Ganges River! This closes one chapter and a very long build/fundraise/ship process...many more chapters to come as Mike scouts the trip on his Royal Enfield and reports back. Way to go Mike and Swimming Cities!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hey everybody, come out this weekend and support some members of our collective and many other great artists in this amazing show at the GOWANUS BALLROOM . Lots of great bands DJs and performances friday and sat nights.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Friday & Saturday April 15-16, 7pm-12am

55 9th Street, Brooklyn

Art + Architecture 2011, a diverse and multidisciplinary exhibition of emerging artists, is comprised of works that examine, question, or outright challenge everyday interpersonal and contextual relationships.

Through the integration of a variety of media including painting, sculpture, video, performance and works on paper, the installation weaves a wide ranging fabric of form and style, which envelops the immense Gowanus Ballroom and transforms the space into a thoroughly interactive experience. This affords both artist and audience a chance to dismantle and construct anew one’s perceived environment. By alternately reinforcing and undermining the suppositions defining social and physical arrangements, the exhibition implores participants to reexamine the boundaries delineating self.

Art + Architecture is being presented in collaboration with Mister ArtSee.

Featuring: Adriana Atema, Aimee Bonamie, Amy Consolo, Ben Wolf, Ben Mortimer, Brian Whiteley, Christina Kelly, Domestic Construction, Douglas Draper, Emma Stern, Felix Morelo, Georgie Flores, Gerri Davis, Heidi Tullman, Jay McDonald, Jason Gandy, Kristin Künc, Lopi LaRoe, Manonce Celestine, Matt Allison, Matthew Silver aka Heartpocalypse, Matt Stolle, Matthew William Robinson, Nathan Maxwell Cann, Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor, Patricia Watwood, Rob Zeller, The Objectionists, Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Shannon Gillen & Guests, Tod Seelie, Ursula Viglietta, Vanessa Cronan, and a still growing list others. Please check our featured artists page to learn more about our artists.

There will be live music, performances and a cash bar Friday and Saturday nights.

Performers Include: Shannon Gillen & Guests, Yula & The Extended Family, Apocalypse Five and Dime, Joe Keady and The Royal Garden Jass Band, Crooks and Perverts, Melody Allegra Berger, Morgan O’Kane, Sweet Soubrette, Abby Hertz aka Lady C, and others. A performance schedule can be found below, and will be continuously updated.

SCHEDULE Fridays: 6pm – 12am Performances begin at 8pm Saturdays: 11am – 1am Performances begin at 8pm Sundays: 11am-6pm Video work will be screened throughout the dayADMISSION Friday, April 8: $5 before 8pm – $10 after 8pm Saturday, April 9: Suggested donation before 8pm – $10 after 8pm Friday, April 15: Suggested donation before 8pm – $10 after 8pm Saturday, April 16: Suggested donation before 8pm – $10 after 8pm Sunday, April 10 and 17: Suggested donation only Viewings by appointment during the week, please

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Boats Arrived in India!!

Our boats traveled in a 40-foot container across the Atlantic, through the Suez Canal, past Somali pirates and arrived in India today, at the Nhava Sheva port in Mumbai. They will now hitch a train to New Delhi, where Mike O'Toole will receive them, along with our Indian logistics liaison. Welcome to India Swimming Cities, and bon voyage Mike!

Friday, March 18, 2011

hair of the dog party canceled

sorry folks, hair of the dog is canceled tonight!

the venue pulled out on us at the last minute and we tried very hard to find an alternate space close by but couldn't come up with anything. so so so very sorry we can't party with you tonight :(

Tuesday, March 15, 2011




285 Kent Ave. (right next to Glasslands)

Come sweat out all that green beer and Jameson on the dance floor. We’ve got three of Brooklyns finest thump-makers keeping it bumping all night. Topless Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Koreapatra and FourLokohantas!! Open bar from 10-11!!! Beer+Shot $5 all night!!!

Music provided by:


DJ Barney Iller (Rubulad)

Haruka Salt (BANANAS!)

7 bucks at the door.

All the proceeds will go to the Swimming Cities India Project.

For more info about the project check out our website:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Swimming Cities Online Auction & Closing Party

Swimmming Cities presents our Annual Silent Art Auction
at Gallery 151

Closing Reception: February 26, 7pm-1am

featuring Music by
Composer, performer, storyteller SXIP SHIREY
with trumpet & bhangra drum player SONNY SINGH from North Indian dhol 'n' brass band Red Baraat at 8pm
and DJ Joro-Boro from Mehanata 9pm-1am

AUCTION CLOSES AT 11pm (Saturday, Feb. 26)

Online Auction link:

You can follow pieces and also bid online.
Online auction goes until 7pm Saturday.

The gallery is open 12pm-8pm every day

with additional special programming:

Wednesday 2/23: Double Screening
live screenprinting during the day and film screenings after dark

Thursday 2/24: Yokoloco Bed-In
by two-woman performance art group Chunklundt
with surprise guest stars

Friday 2/25: The Green Death
a play by Forrest Gillespie 9pm-11pm

orien mcneill (646) 221-7782

***Check out the Brooklyn Pirates afterparty DANCE REVIVAL (21+)***
at 319 Scholes St. in Bushwick (b/w Bogart & Waterbury, Montrose L stop)
f. dj's Fake Money, Feliz Cumbé, Reagonomics, Cobra James, Tinseltown, & Cosa Nostra
**********$10 with password: ocean of blood**********

Monday, February 14, 2011


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Swimming Cities Annual Art Auction

Hello World!

Our boats are on the ocean en route to India. A huge thanks to everyone who helped us close that shipping container door. Now only 45 days until we see them again, in Farrukhabad!

In the mean time, please come out and support us at our annual silent art auction at Gallery 151, featuring 100 selected works. We will post a full list of artists and schedule of activities in the coming week, but save the dates February 19th and 26th for our opening and closing parties. An online auction will also be available for those of you outside of NYC.

350 Bowery St. Feb 19 & 26. 7pm-1am. Open Bar. Suggested Donation $10.
Sponsored by Original Sin Ciders & Brooklyn Brewery.
February 26 Performance by Sxip Shirey.

Artists include: Swoon, Tom Beale, Duke Riley, ImminentDisaster, Ben Mortimer, Tod Seelie, Ben Wolfe, Andrew Poneros, DickChicken, Conrad Carlson, Monica Canilou, Tony Bones, Malcolm McNeill, Charley Pratt, Jeff Stark, Isaac Aden, Doyle S Huge, Leslie Stem, Lopi Laroe, Katelan Foisey, Iris Stvn Lasn, Catherine Yaeger, Pat Seeley, Zev David Deans, Noah Sparks, Elizabeth Bentley, Nick Normal, Orien McNeill, Ksenjiya, Angie Kang, Ben Devoe, Czak Tucker, Alex Dyke, Virginia Reath, Dan Sabau, David Dowling, Ian Page, Jesse Roadkill Wilson, Tianna Kennedy, Kara Blossoms, Jess DaSilva, Mona Brody, Mayra Cimet Dattoli, Jackie Guido, Giacomo Fortunato, Tom Porter, Kristin Reger, Bucky Cox, and more.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Swimming Cities Mardi Gras Party!
Thursday, March 3rd
1pm - 5pm
@ Miss Martha's!
1117 Clouet Street, Bywater, New Orleans

Your favorite raft-y friends are in town for Mardi Gras! Come hang with us @ Miss Martha's for some Carnival celebration in a beautiful Bywater backyard and help us fundraise for our Spring 2011 Expedition down the Ganges River in India!

Food/Music/Art & Raffle Prizes!
Cheap Beer & Brunchy Drinks

Suggested Donation $5

Featuring Music By:
Members of Apocalypse Five & Dime (BK)
Marshall LaCount from Dark, Dark, Dark (MPLS / NOLA)
Unicorn Field (ATL)
Christ Lord (ATL)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Big THANKS to Serett!

As we pack up our boats to head to India, a BIG THANKS to our Brooklyn grandaddy, Serett Metal Works. Founded in 1997 by Josh Young, Serett is simply the finest metal shop in New York. From their 12,000sf home base in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the Serett crew watched patiently as we learned to weld - slowly - dragged giant boats across the parking lot, explored the Gowanus Canal and generally got in the way. Thanks to everyone who stayed up late to let us in, figure everything out, fix our mistakes and have a blast in the process. For more on Serett, check out THANK YOU!

Sunday, January 30, 2011



Friday, January 28, 2011

tomorrow! Hobo's Paradise

Swimming Cities and the Chicken Hut present
on January 29 at 169 Spencer St. (at Willoughby)
with live performances by THE WOES, Morgan O'Kane, Apocalypse Five & Dime, and Jackson Lynch, as well as lots of live banjo in the backroom boxcar lounge stage.

Come live the easy life off the fat of our good land with Swimming Cities at the Chicken Hut as we ramble all night with raucous, foot-stompin, soul-shaking, life-affirming, live tunes at the BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, A Hobo's Paradise. Featuring a live free-to-enter banjo pick-off with hobo-rection-o-meter, a whiskey fountain (free until 10pm), cigarette trees, the biggest pot of slumgullion you ever did see, a first class box car lounge, lemonade springs, hobo awards, dumpster jumping for fabulous prizes and a late-night dirty dance floor with DJ Dirtyfinger. also featuring DJ Tinseltown
$10 at the door, 9pm-late

if you want to enter the banjo contest, e-mail for details--free entry with banjo and two drink tickets to warm you up before you enter the boxcar stage. bottla whiskey prize!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Poppa Neutrino's Memorial

A magical night on the Gowanus canal, making and burning a junk raft in memory of Poppa Neutrino. All the best to all the wanderers and waterpeople out there...

More photos at:

NY Times Obit here:

Alec Wilkinson on Neutrino here:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Poppa Neutrino 1933-2011

Our condolences go out to the Neutrino family at the passing of Poppa. And a big HOORAH! for the great raftman's life. Fair winds and following seas, Poppa.

"Inspired by a documentary he saw when he was twelve years old, in which Australian aborigines periodically burnt their homes and walked away naked, free to start a new life, he teaches triadic thinking and empowerment to people trapped by the concept of job and rent. Thus Poppa Neutrino builds his own homes out of discarded materials on free space (public waterways) and supports himself as a street musician."