As part of its ongoing campaign to prove that the Rockaways are the new Williamsburg, the New York Times brings us word of the Boggsville Boatel, a not-for-profit art project by Constance Hockaday. The Boatel is a small flotilla of abandoned and repurposed sea-faring vessels moored around a floating movie theater where water-themed films and lectures are screened. Viewing options include documentaries about houseboat communities, Jaws, and vintage porn.
The Boggsville Boatel was almost entirely the work of Constance Hockaday, 29. The artist created the inn to fulfill her dream of being financially self-sustainable while living on the water. Hockaday named her Boatel for Nancy Boggs, the owner of a floating whorehouse on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. Boggs would move the whorehouse from bank to bank in order to evade the law.
This lawlessness is channeled into Hockaday’s project — except for with regard to Hockaday and Co. Before guests are allowed to board the hotel, they are required to sign a liability waiver. Jean Barberis of Flux Factory, a Queens art gallery affiliated with the project, told the New York Times, “if we do our job right, it should feel kind of illegal.”
Alas, Flux Factory’s website reports that “the Boatel is totally booked for the summer,” but they invite anyone to make a trip out to watch a film at the “boat-in theater.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 12, 2011