Thursday, October 21, 2010


A huge huge thanks to everybody who helped us reach our Kickstarter goal! We successfully closed today at $6,000!

Swimming Cities of the Ocean of Blood gives you: The Asses' Revenge at Boutique Studios

Dance to DJ Dirtyfinger and friends or come take a swing at Meghan Keys' revenge pinata with you in the donkey mask taking it all out on a captured hipster pinata wacker! then take a break to stargaze on the roof and enjoy roaming cocktail service.

9pm-4am, Saturday, October 23
$5 cover, $2 PBRs

21 and over. no leaving...until the Ass is Avenged!!!
1089 Broadway, corner of Dodworth
(Above the old Bodega space.)
JMZ to Myrtle, L to Morgan

In other great news, the Death Pong fundraiser raised enough to buy our bottom paint...

Isn't it beautiful? We only get to keep one set, though.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Thanks To the Death Pongers!

For all of you who could make it to our Last Outdoor Ping Pong Death Match BBQ of the Summer this past weekend - that was an awesome BBQ! Thanks! Serious ping pong magic happened the other night, videos to come. We raised $550 on Sunday, all of which will buy us six very important cans of bottom paint for the boat hulls! Those three boats stacked in the shop are just waiting for the order to come in.

[It's a layer cake of boats!]

And HUGE thanks to everybody who donated and supported our KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!
We're in the final hours and with 101 backers, we are only $435 away from our goal! Thanks to all 101! Please help us make the last hours count and push past our goal! It's all or nothing so our last hours are crucial.

For new and old friends, check out the Make zine blog post by Nick Normal, On the Gowanus We are Swimming Cities:
"New York City is a city of islands (save the Bronx, which is attached to the mainland), and as such, we are >surrounded by water and can only access the boroughs via bridges and tunnels. But for a city of islands, the waterways are not interacted with on a usual basis. Subways that magically appear inside the boundary of each borough are the primary form of transport, and even visits to area beaches are very specific and localized. A large portion of the water surrounding the city — in its rivers and docks — ebbs and flows without awareness.
Swimming Cities seeks to change all of that, both in the Gowanus and on the Ganges, with their art-experiential boats and projects."

In celebration (or bail-out) of our Kickstarter campaign, we are preparing a dance party next Saturday, Oct 23 (1089 Broadway, corner of Dodworth, $5 cover, $2 PBRs). And Pinatas by Llaves Design! Come! And better, yet, if you donate at the $50 level on our Kickstarter, you can get entry for two + two drinks each to this event, PLUS a double bonus entry + PBR each. Yea!

Contact us at our new Google Voice number (917) 740-0863, or send us an e-mail to You can also e-mail us to join our mailing list and receive our events newsletters. Thanks!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Last Outdoor Ping Pong Death Match BBQ of the Summer!

Some recent shots of Swimming Cities activity--the Mayor of Mau Mau Island, bow hinges welded on to our freshly de-barnacled boat, and last but not least... GRINDER!

Come join us tomorrow for:

The Last Outdoor Ping Pong Death Match BBQ of the Summer!

This Sunday, the Bushwick Ping Pong Palace presents two outdoor pong tables, multiple games, all levels welcome, CASH PRIZE for tournament winners! Party to benefit Swimming Cities India raft project ( starts SUNDAY October 17th at 2pm at 11 Locust St, Bushwick. No cover, dress in your ping pong BBQ best. Crazy Jackass pulled pork sandwiches, $2 PBRs, margarita tornado, film screening, DJ, indoor/outdoor seating, SUNNY skies predicted! Come catch your final rays before the Darkness settles.

Sunday, October 17th
2pm on...
Bushwick Ping Pong Palace
11 Locust Street, Apt #1B
Brooklyn, NY 11206
JMZ Myrtle stop. L Morgan stop. G train to Broadway.

Also, don't forget! Please help us to finish the boats and see them to India! We have five days left and interest or donations of any size are greatly appreciated. We are 75% to our goal of %5,750. Thanks for all your support so far! Please spread the word to friends and family:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

live from the gowanus canal!

we are removing malignant marine life from our boats at serett metalworks! barnacles, tube worms, and the gowanus canal are actually eating away at our stainless steel pontoons! incredible!

if you are in the brooklyn area and would like to visit our build site, call 917-740-0863 to find out our schedule. we work here more days than we don't so you are likely to find us here, right by the smith & 9th st stop. you can come hang out, paint, take pictures, share cake, and see our boats in progress (almost there!)

swimming cities

p.s. superfund superfun!

to support us from the comfort of an environment not overrun by dead barnacles, go here:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Please help us keep going on kickstarter
Our giant fish was returned to its home on the Gowanus canal in response to overwhelming pressure from animal rights groups. I was going to eat it. It made it all the way to the unveiling of JERKO the gowanus vacuum, a water purifying houseboat. There was great music and all manner of boat ruckus.