The Tide and Current Taxi is a rowboat taxi, made and operated by the artist Marie Lorenz. In July and August of 2016, the Taxi is navigating the Erie Canal from Buffalo to New York City. Live video and updates will appear here all summer!

#erie2nyc was commissioned by the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.

The Tide and Current Taxi was live.

An amazing suprise welcome home from Christy Gast, Rob Buchanan, and Robert Sullivan at the Village Community Boathouse, Pier 40 NYC in NYC.
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4 months ago

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The Wedding of the Waters, a tradition that began in 1825 when Governor Dewitt Clinton poured a barrel of Lake Erie water in to the New York Harbor to commerate the openign of the Erie Canal. Here goes mine, brought all the way from Buffalo!
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4 months ago

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The final few miles down the Hudson River, narrated by Frederick Lorenz.
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4 months ago

The abandoned Glenwood Power Plant just north of Yonkers. There are big plans to turn this place into an "arts-focused event complex," (www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/business/converting-a-run-down-yonkers-power-plant-into-an-arts-comple...) but it seems difficult to even keep it from falling into the Hudson River. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just after the the Tappan Zee Bridge, we start to see the skyline of Manhattan far in the distance. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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My dad treats us to a stirring rendintion of Eternal Father, Strong to Save - the Navy Hymn. This one goes out to Eric Bianchi, who pointed out the relationship between rowing and tempo to me many years ago (www.tideandcurrenttaxi.org/?p=2390).
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4 months ago

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Things get tricky under the Tappan Zee bridge. An amazing confluence of construciton boats, rapid current, strong wind, and advice from my dad, give the Tide and Current Taxi a little trouble.
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4 months ago

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Here is my dad explainign the difference between Port, Starbord, and some other nautical terms.
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Pollopel Island was an arsenal in the early 20th centery, owned by the excentric arms dealer Francis Bannerman. He built this castle to house his growing stash of weapons, and as an advertisement for his business. These turrets are part of a huge breakwater surrounding the island.
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4 months ago

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A new span of the Tappan Zee Bridge comes down the Hudson River. In a few days, I hope to see it getting placed aloft!
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Melissa Brown gives us a tour of the Tide and Current Taxi, with some of the recently added features.
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4 months ago

Going under the beautiful Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge. This 130 year old railroad bridge was turned in to a park in 2009. You can walk all the way across - 1.3 miles long! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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After saving the boat from a full swamping, Melissa Brown and I head out in to the wind to find a safer shore.
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4 months ago

We came back from our tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion, to find the boat entirely filled with water! A HUGE wave must have swamped the TCT while we were gone. Here is how we fixed the situation. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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Smooth seas and fair skies.
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4 months ago

The Hudson River falls 4 feet from high to low tide at Stuyvesant. The tide is particularly low today because of the new moon. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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Floating through the Port of Albany, I spotted some spans of the new Tappan Zee bridge being assembled and laoded on to barges. Maybe we will see these very spans being lifted into place when we get to Tarrytown!
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4 months ago

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...and the second half of the campsite tour at navigational marker #209.
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4 months ago

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The first night out on the Hudson, I camped on top of a fixed light navigational marker. Here is the first half of me explaining how it worked.
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4 months ago

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After Waterford, the Erie canal conects with the Hudson River. I have one more lock to go, and then I am in the tidal waters of the Hudson, all the way home to New York City.
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4 months ago

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Waiting for lock 4 to drain, Gaynor finally treats us to a perfect rendition of the Erie Canal song!
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4 months ago

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Leonard Borden remembers lighting kerosene lanterns on the canal boueys as a child.
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4 months ago

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The proprietors of the Diamond Reef Yacht Club give us some local history.
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Foul weather ahead! Emergency landing!
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Lock 8... Getting closer !! ... See MoreSee Less

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Canal swim
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The ruins of an aqueduct at Schoharie Crossing.
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Lock 13 portrait
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Creepy cabin...
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The hobo art of penny squashing...
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Crawfish hunter
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5 months ago

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Chimney Potholes or 'Giant's Kettles' formed by melting ice thousands of years ago. Moss Island near Little Falls.
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5 months ago

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These guard gates help regulate water level in the canal. Moses figured out how to climb over it, and I followed with the camera.
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5 months ago

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Ft. Stanwix sits in the path of an ancient trail connecting Wood Creek and the Mohawk River. Up through the 17th century, this was the 'Oneida Carrying Place' a six mile portage in the all water rout between Lake Ontario and the Atlantic Ocean. My plan was to walk the ancient path, but instead we were caught up in a colonial reenactment.
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5 months ago

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With my mom in the bow we figured out some important boat design improvements - adjustable back rest.
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5 months ago

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At the point where the 19th century canal meets the contemporary barge canal, we were in for a real treat - an abandoned lock! This would have made a great camping spot, but we weren't the only ones planning on staying the night...
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5 months ago

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Riding out the rain along the path of the 19th century canal.
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5 months ago

Tuscarora Lake, feeder resevior for the Erie Canal, manmade in 1850. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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Walking the path of the 19th century canal, Erie Boulevard in Syracuse. Carved out in the 1820's, this was filled in 1925 to make room for more cars! The current barge canal heads north to Oneida Lake, but we are sticking to the old route.
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5 months ago

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Arrival in Syracuse, inner harbor with my mom. After 11 days of rowing, about 180 miles, I'm not very excited about unpacking and moving equipment around.
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5 months ago

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Leaving my campsite in Weedsport, the water is covered with fog. Here the canal follows the path of the Seneca River, and other than some piles of dredged timber, there are very few signs of the canal at all.
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5 months ago

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Rowing in the rain alone. Day 9 #erie2nyc
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Pizza dinner for the third night in a row.
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Palmyra to Newark with Nancy Nowacek, the rain is a welcome relief to 93 degree heat.
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With a 6mph headwind, Nancy Nowacek and I decided to just walk for a mile.
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Around Rochester, the canal is crossed by train tracks and highway overpasses. The old canal used to pass clear over the Genesee River in an aquaduct that was 70 ft wide and over 800 ft long - one of the great engineering feats of the Erie Canal.
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5 months ago

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In Medina, the canal passes over the Oak Orchard Creak - a 50 foot wide arch, 50 ft down to a waterfall on the other side.
#erie2nyc day 3 with Jeff Williams
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5 months ago

Selfie trouble ... See MoreSee Less

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#erie2nyc Tonowanda to Lockport with Jeff Williams
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Day 2 #erie2nyc with Jeff Williams
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From Buffalo to Tonowanda, I am accompanied by the Scajaquada Canoe Club of Buffalo. It is great to travel with a group that knows the area so well. I would never have noticed what was behind these steal barriers; thousands of nesting Terns.
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#erie2nyc
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Day 1 #erie2nyc an auspicious start with the Scajaquata Canoe Club
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5 months ago

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In 1825, Senetor Dewitt Clinton rode the canal boat 'Seneca Cheif' from Buffalo to New York City with a barrel of water from Lake Erie. He dumped it out in the New York Harbor to comemorate the opening of the canal. Now it is a tradition to repeat the 'Marraige of the Waters' - this bottle of Erie water will be on it's way to NYC tomorrow morning!
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5 months ago

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Getting ready for the Erie Canal!
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