Baron Ambrosia has swum yet another river against all odds.
Last year Baron was the first person in recorded history to swim the entire length of The Bronx River and now he’s the first known person to have performed the same feat in Camden’s Cooper River.
The New York Times reports:
With a Forbidden Swim, Shining a Light on a City’s Verdant Waterways – NYTimes.com
CAMDEN, N.J. — At 5:48 a.m. on Wednesday, under the half-light of an eclipsed moon, a Bronx man known as Baron Ambrosia slipped into the Cooper River here. Wearing a short wetsuit and goggles, he began doing a freestyle stroke in the murky water. “Ooh, just touched something really gooey,” he said, coming to a sudden halt.
So began one man’s quest to paddle through Camden, known more for its high crime rate than its verdant waterways. With his five-mile swim along the Cooper, a tributary of the Delaware River, Baron Ambrosia aimed to change that.
“I’m trying to do something good for the city,” he said, highlighting urban exploration and environmental renewal. Born Justin Fornal, he has made a career of celebrating the gritty, most prominently as his alter-ego Baron, a fancifully attired Bronx foodhound with his own eccentric cable series (recently spotlighted by Anthony Bourdain on his CNN show). Last year, Mr. Fornal, 36, swam the Bronx River to promote his home borough, the first person recorded to do so. This year, asked by friends where he might take another dip, he settled on Camden as a similarly unsung landscape.