The East River Community (ERC) is a federation of groups located on the Sansara continent in Second Life, centered around the Free Town of Helvellyn.

The intent of the community is to create an open, collaborative,

View of the Hardknott Bay from the Hardknott Marina

convivial space where personal projects and new relationships, friendships, partnerships and organizations are formed. The community encourages residents and non residents to collaborate and be involved. The community offers its resources to anyone willing to start business and cultural initiatives.

The map of the community as of August 2010

The intent of the community is to also enhance the Second Life Mainland experience by demonstrating that an attractive residential and commercial environment can be created purely through resident action. Additionally, the beach and recreational areas have been equipped with a variety of free-access zero-cost boating and water activities, that provide a rich new user destination.

The ERC offers to its residents and visitors art galleries, cafes, public venues, nice scenery, a vast area to explore, shopping and residential areas, music concerts, nautical and community events, a safe harbor for Mainland cruises and an airport.


East River Community web site:




History of the East River Community: April 28th, 2008. The founding fathers, mothers, cats and frog marking the land for the first time. This is day the first large parcel in the region of Helvellyn was purchased. From left to right: Ginko Frog (aka Espresso Saarinen), Indigo Mertel, Elisha Paklena, Mark Cassini.

The ERC is a spin-off of the MBYC Community Land Trust group, a sailing friendly community originally founded in 2006. The ERC was founded on April 28th, 2008, when the first large parcel was purchased in the region of Helvellyn. Sailing activities are still part of the community charter.

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