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Free glassmaking demos aboard a floating barge have arrived at Brooklyn Bridge Park

GlassBarge offers free 30-minute demonstrations and tours of historic ships.

The GlassBarge washed ashore in Brooklyn on Thursday, May 17, 2018, with glassblowing demonstrations to bring attention to the Corning Museum of Glass.  (Credit: Corey Sipkin)

A floating glassblowing studio and a flotilla of historic ships have cast their anchors at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Through May 28, you can climb aboard the GlassBarge, which is afloat on the East River, to learn about glassmaking from experts from the Corning Museum of Glass.

The barge will start running free, 30-minute demonstrations every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Not only can you learn how delicate glass figures are made, but you’ll learn about the role of New York’s waterways in the state’s industry, culture and communities.

The Corning Museum of Glass was originally the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company, which was closed in 1873 after the company moved upstate to Corning, according to

The barge started its tour in celebration of Corning’s 150th anniversary in Brooklyn as sort of a homecoming, and will hit 16 more spots via New York waterways through Sept. 22, when it will finally return to Corning.

“We are excited to launch our GlassBarge journey at Brooklyn Bridge Park, mere blocks from where the Corning story began,” said Rob Cassetti of the museum in a statement.

A flotilla of historic ships, including a replica of an 1862 canal barge and a 1964 tugboat, followed alongside the GlassBarge on its way to Brooklyn and are open to free tours, as well.

To register for glassblowing presentations, go online at Demonstrations can still be seen from the shore if you don’t register.


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