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  1. vastly increased our scientific, experiential, emperical and philosophical, understanding of the world
  2. shift mankinds resources towards a direction where it does the most good
  3. increased reverence for and deepened our friendship with water "as if" it is a living being
  4. created a language that fosters the protection of water and added to the quality of life of our children
  5. enriched our cultural life and alignment of our societies with each other and the human lives living inside them


People sometimes ask us what the space at 525 w 23 rd st. (zip: 10011 Offices on 3 rd Floor) is. Is that the NY Museum of WATER ?

Not at all. First , The NY Museum of WATER needs to be larger to fit the higher square footage of exhibitory that we have designed. And second, it needs to be somewhere with greater foot traffic, although we love west Chelsea . Most likely it will find its home in Times Sq although we have been shown interests from parties in Downtown Manhattan, the Upper West Side, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx .

So in effort to describe what it is, I've variously called it

•  our headquarters,
•  a platform for the Museum of Water and related concepts,
•  a madhouse for people madly in love with waters to be creative or contact it
•  a contact point for what we are doing, and dedicated to being useful to those who love water
•  a home for water (yes that means you),
•  the current base of operations of the embassy of water, and a destination to promote the intersection of water and culture
•  the future home for NYC's water art,
•  the future home for a public library,
•  an educational outreach on the west side manhattan,
•  the base of operations for NYMW and the Embassy of Water until we upgrade,
•  a place to learn about water, people, and New York in New York
•  a humble attempt to start to collect the infrastructure for an ambitious endeavor such as an embassy for water
•  the water annex
•  spring, spring NY, etc…
•  a showcase for what we are doing with water
•  a multidisciplinary community center dedicated to water.

As we open this summer to public interaction, it serves us well to brand and invent a single name. Yet it is also important that folk do not mistake what they experience and/or the representation of NYMW, for the attraction that the NYMW will bring, nor our humble attempts as representative of the Embassy of WATER….. so I seek to discover a name for this space.

One direction I have toyed with includes just naming it WATERS. But keeping with the idea of attracting interest in water through the human that is so important in the NYMW, I consider the Shore and the Coast. And the word Center: ex: Coast Waters Center

At the top of this page I have written a name, I think does the job quite well and may begin using it shortly. It has the advantage of being able to be read 2 ways as well.

I solicit new ideas and opinions gratefully.



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Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night--

And I love the rain.

Langston Hughes
(1902-1967), April Rain Song , 1921



"Lovers can live on water."

Chinese Proverb

"Water, water, everywhere, Atlantic and Pacific. But New York City 's got them beat, Our aqua is terrific!"

Edward Koch
"Lovers can live on water."

Chinese Proverb

"It is really important to solve the problem of rational utilization and distribution of water supplies. I dare say, the shortage of fresh water is the major ecological problem of this moment."

Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Green Cross International

Have you watched the fairies when the rain is done,
Spreading out their little wings to dry them in the sun?

Rose Fyleman


Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.

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