The Science Barge has been sighted at Pier 1 in Riverside Park! The barge is a completely sustainable urban farm and education center that runs on solar, wind, and biofuel power and gets its water by purifying rain and river water. It uses hydroponics to grow peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce, and the engineers and scientists who work there are hoping to use the same technology to get vegetable gardens onto the rooftops of schools in the city that will feed students and teach them about sustainable agriculture.
The barge will be located at W 70th St. for the months of July and August. Nearby entrances to the park are at 72nd St. and 68th St. Free public tours are Tuesday-Friday at 4, and Saturday and Sunday at 12, 1, 3, and 4, and they last about 45 minutes. You can check out some more information about the barge by going to their website at www.sciencebarge.org, or just head down to Riverside Park!