Best World War II–era rescue boat converted into a community arts space (2008)

Empty Vessel Project

In 2005, the EV, a hulking, decrepit Navy rescue boat from World War II, was slated for demolition in the Bronx. Then it was brought to the attention of some enterprising local artists, who purchased the boat for the princely sum of $1 with grand plans to convert it into a community space. And so they did: After thousands of dollars worth of painstaking repairs, the Empty Vessel Project, currently docked in the Gowanus Canal and lovingly restored to a gleaming shell of its former self, will house projects dedicated to exploring sustainable living in urban environments.


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