News and stories about the waterways of 
New York and New Jersey, from the 
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014


Two years ago, WaterWire published a story about James “Birdman” Cataldi, who singlehandedly transformed a polluted cove on the Harlem River, where he had discovered a few sick geese picking their way through shards of broken glass, into a thriving natural spot to which birds — and the community — were returning. Mr. Cataldi was honored in 2012 by the Environmental Protection Agency for this work. Read the story here and check out a wonderful video about Mr. Cataldi here.

What was once an illegal dumping ground is now a wildlife sanctuary and community gathering place. Mr. Cataldi continues to work hard at the restoration and community outreach. On Saturday, September 27, his organization, the Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association (which is affiliated with Conservancy North), is sponsoring a two-part event — a shoreline cleanup from 10am to 3pm, and a music festival from 3pm to 9:30pm. There will be food and crafts, talks on biodiversity and educational activities for children. To get to North Cove, walk through the parking lot off 9th Avenue just north of 207th Street in Manhattan.

Mr. Cataldi calls this work a multi-generational responsibility. He hopes for a big turnout on September 27. “As we continue our tradition to service our community, people from all walks of life are coming together and celebrating our great natural resources, learning more, and helping out,” he wrote. “It is important our community sees how much progress has been made, that people stopped dumping garbage because people started to care.”

Sept 27th Events: Cleanup & Family Music Festival


What started as an illegal dumping ground is now an urban wildlife sanctuary & community gathering place, Please join Manhattan Wetlands & Wildlife, Conservancy North and your neighbors to help cleanup and restore the North Cove Tidal Wetlands in Inwood, NYC.  Enjoy a talk on biodiversity and the estuary with EPA award winner James “Birdman” Cataldi, and hear from other experts in related fields. And much more….
Music / educational activities for youth starts around noon.

There will be lunch for all those who pitch in. Please arrive a little early.  Sturdy shoes or boots and long sleeves recommended.   Roll up your sleeves and make a difference in our community!
Saturday, September 27th, 10am-3pm

27th cleanup

The 1st Harlem River – North Cove Live Music Festival follows our community clean event

(10am-3pm), featuring the best in local NYC jazz, rock n’ roll, latino sounds, & more…..
Cintrone Brothers, Clarence Spady, Sonido Cubano, Felipe Cuba, Seth Myers, Baron Perez  –  acoustic / electric, free admission, but-will pass-the-hat for donations.  Food w a small donation.

Your tax deductible donations are needed to support our all-volunteer community grass roots projects inc. restoration, wildlife rehabilitation, youth education outreach, and nature / wildlife conservation efforts.  (Family Friendly)  Saturday, September 27th, 3pm-9:30pm

27th music

Special Guest Speaker Scheduled: 

the special emissary for Chief Louis Chinalquay and the people of Buffalo River Dene Nation located in northwest Saskatchewan, Canada.

Mr. Adelard Blackman, Chairman of the BRDN NGO and Special Emissary of the Buffalo River Dene Nation, frequently attends and participates in meetings held by the various UN bodies to raise awareness and support for issues concerning the BRDN.

Our long struggle has always been about the very survival of our land and our people”, said Buffalo River Dene Nation (BRDN) spokesman Adelard Blackman. “Unabated resource development is killing the land, our water, and our people.


The events originally scheduled for Saturday 13th, due to rain forecast, are now rescheduled for Sept 27th. Sept 13th events are rescheduled due to rain forecast in aft….Manhattan Wetlands & Wildlife North Cove Events Notice – new date is now for Saturday, September 27th.

Hope to see you there. Birdman