On Tuesday the Human Impacts Institute, in partnership with the New York State Parks Department, held a free fishing event. The fishing event took place at East River State Park, a seven-acre waterfront park located along the East River in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The park offers visitors a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline from along the waterfront, allowing fishers to glimpse towering buildings as they cast their lines into the cold salty waters of the East River. Although the East River is titled as such, it is not actually a river but a tidal estuary that connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end.
Anyone and everyone were welcome to try their hand at fishing in the River that is not a river. Equipment such as Fishing rods, sinkers, hooks, and bait were provided free of charge for the event. There were also Parks Department employees on hand to help guide first-time fishers through the steps of setting up the fishing polls, attaching bait to hooks, casting out into the water, and reeling in their lines. Furthermore pictures and descriptions of fish that can be found in the East River were available to show people what they might not be able to see standing on the shore.
People of all shapes and sizes turned out to try their luck at fishing. A community brought together by a common desire to try something new. The common theme of the event was the realization that although catching fish may be difficult (sadly we caught none), anyone can participate in the act of fishing.