From the New York Harbor to the most easterly border of New York, seventy islands form this archipelago that rivals in size and beauty those of Venice, Istanbul or Hong Kong.

Names like Cholera and West Bank, False Hook, Money Pot or even Rats Island, promise challenges and adventures. Dead Horse- and Princess Bay sound like places out of fairy tales and locations like Rockaway, Jamaica Bay, Montauk or Manhattan speak of the indigenous people who once lived on that land.

Filmmaker and photographer Thomas Halaczinsky follows the journey of explorer Adrian Block, who in 1614 was the first European to sail and map this magical and mysterious island world, calling it an archipelago for the very first time.

Since 2011, the artist has explored this archipelago and its stories on a 30 foot sailboat called Sojourn, so far, he has logged more than 3000 nautical miles. He documented his voyages in a wide range of images and videos that became the visual logbook of this modern day expedition.

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