Friday, October 09, 2009


Underwater New York, an online anthology of stories inspired by objects found underwater around New York City, launched Wednesday with a party aboard the Lightship Frying Pan, which was once underwater itself. Underwater New York took over the rusty, barnacled boat with an evening of performances, including a reading by Ben Greenman, sketch comedy by Alex Scordelis and Chris Schell of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, art by Mary Mattingly and Nura Qureshi, musical performances by Supergood! and Lawrence Kim & His Boss, and Michael Hearst Underwater: a Songs for (Underwater) Ice Cream Trucks installation. Nautical music was spun by DJ Dan Selzer, who also made an audio montage of authors reading excerpts from fiction written for the project, which was played into one of The Frying Pan’s creaky cabins. Underwater New York is looking for more stories inspired by their crazy, evocative list of underwater objects, from the whimsical (mysterious goo, runaway giraffe, a fleet of ice cream trucks) to the historical (Coney Island Dreamland, The Princess Anne Steamship) – visit the Underwater New York site to read the full list, sign up for notification of future events and excursions, see the amazing stories created so far for the project, and get inspired to create your own!

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