‘Jerko’ Is a Great Two-Story Houseboat That You Just Have to See

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum by Elizabeth Weinberg

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum by Elizabeth Weinberg

I had never heard of Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum until discovering these excellent photos of it. Taken in 2011 by the LA-based photographer Elizabeth Weinberg, these images show the Jerko on its madden voyage. The vessel is an incredible two-story houseboat which boasts its own homemade rain-harvesting system as well as solar panels and a composting septic system. It’s a pretty incredible construction! I hope the city still continues to make space for people and projects like this!

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum by Elizabeth Weinberg

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum by Elizabeth Weinberg

Weinberg’s photographs capture the energy that this vessel seems to have brought to the area; despite it sailing on one of New York’s most environmentally disturbed waterways – Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. While I can’t seem to find any information about the Jerko after 2011, I think it’s great to see people making a real effort to be energy efficient in a city as large and as polluted as New York.

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum by Elizabeth Weinberg

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum by Elizabeth Weinberg

Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum by Elizabeth Weinberg

You can view Elizabeth Weinberg’s full series of images on her website.

September 2, 2014 / By

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