#CreekScapes19 (Summer Edition) - Photo Tour collab w/ Flushing Bay & Creep & NYCH20


This past Saturday, August 3rd, I ventured out with Cody Ann Herrmann of Flushing Bay & Creep for the second iteration of #Creekscapes19, a guided photo walk of the oft ignored Flushing Creek located in the Willets Point section of Corona, Queens.

The tour was held in partnership with @NYCH2O, whose mission is to inspire and educate New Yorkers of all ages to learn about, enjoy, and protect their city’s local water ecology.

Because the original route through Willets Point was recently closed and de-mapped to make way for Phase 1 of the Willets Point urban renewal development which definitely includes the construction of 1,100 units of affordable housing, and maybe will even include a 25,000 seat soccer stadium.

So we decided on the fly what course we would take with the group of attendees on the day of the walk.. Due to the group being much smaller than expected, we were able to take the riskier route through 35th Ave and through and under the Whitestone / Van Wyck Expressway.

I was pleasantly surprised that with such a low turn-out all the folks who did show up were super engaged and provided an excitement to our walk that was refreshing to see.

Thank you to those select few if you are reading this today. You are the reason people like Cody and I still conduct these jaunts through the muddiest, stinkiest and most polluted area of Queens. As long as you folks still want to walk with us, we’ll keep leading you.

Also, don’t forget, we are running a photo contest! Check the details below:

The best 3 photos of the following 3 categories will be featured on both @Queenscapes and @FlushingBayAndCreep’s Instagram pages. Submit your photos by using the hashtag #Creekscapes19 before uploading to Instagram. The categories are below:

1.) Most iconic: what images pop into your mind when you think of Flushing Creek, how can you best capture the vibe in a still frame?

 2.) Most revealing landscape: how can you capture the often untold story of the ecological and political environment surrounding Flushing Creek?

3.) Best beach photo: we’re looking for technical skill and a clear depth of field.

Words and photo by Adolfo Steve Vazquez