Rock the Block was a day-long mystery bus tour, part of Going Places (Doing Stuff) III, in which participants were told only where and when to meet, what to bring, and when they’d be back.
- explored the abandoned New York City Farm Colony on Staten Island where they were greeted by an Alice Austen impersonator.
- met John Foxell, a modern-day Forest Gump whose extraordinary home is filled with the sculptures and artifacts he has collected, acquired, found, and created over the course of his life.
- feasted on a Sri Lankan buffet.
- perused the eroding remnants of a turn of the century landfill at Dead Horse Bay, led by Manhattan Well Digger Dan McGee.
- cavorted in the rain as we waited for a thunderstorm to pass. (The bus’s windshield wipers were broken.)
- played games at Brighton Beach, including an effort to identify, on an inflatable globe, the most countries of origin of passersby (as well as a scavenger hunt and a round of tug-of-war).
- learned to square dance from Howard Richman, then pulled on-lookers into the fun.
- formed a giant line and leapfrogged into the ocean as the sun set.
Further reading: a first-person account by Pauline Pechin
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