Published on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
A floating hotel as a work of art rocks off shore Jamaica Bay in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Entitled, the Boggsville Boatel and Boat-in Theater, it is all at once a hotel and a piece by artist, Constance Hockaday, luring the romantic and the adventurous to this unusual escape.
With the support of Flux Factory, a Queens gallery, the Boatel will be open for reservations Thursday through Saturday this summer, an experiment in urban vacationing melded with art.
Boatel is among the recent movement of artists exploring New York’s waterways, like Duke Riley, who created a naval battle in a reflecting pool in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and Swoon, the street artist mastermind of the flotilla of paddle and steam powered junk rafts known as Swimming Cities. Is the water the last remaining public space for art?