Jens Rasmussen & Fung Lim restoring 1930 wood-canvas canoe

Brooklyn Boat Builders Bash!

The Brooklyn Boat Builders Bash on May 10th (noon-6pm)!  A celebration of local boat building, community boathouses, and our borough’s proud nautical heritage.

boat-building-repairBuilding 92 at Brooklyn Navy Yard in conjunction with the Village Community Boathouse has put together an amazing day for everyone who loves boats, water, or wood.

Come for a day of family fun and learning through: tours, demos, boat displays, workshops and more. Explore exhibits (free admission!) and learn about the rich history of America’s premier naval shipyard.

North Brooklyn Boat Club will be demonstrating restoration techniques being used on a 1930 Old Town Guide Special wood-canvas canoe: stripping, steam bending, Sanding, Clinching. ALSO – Paddle Carving:

Paddle Carving

demonstrations and hands-on participation. Knot Tying, and Camp Cooking.  FREE | ALL DAY

Other presenters at the Brooklyn Boat Builders Bash will include:

Village Community Boathouse. Join students from Benjamin Banneker Academy to paint and sand their newly-made Whitehall rowboat. This boat will call Prospect Park Lake home this summer, where families can take free boat rides. See their craftsmanship and learn more about the historical significance of this vessel. FREE | ALL DAY

Newtown Creek Armada. Learn more about the past, present and future of Newtown Creek at this interactive portal station and remote-controlled boat display. FREE | ALL DAY

Turnstile Tours. Visit the country’s oldest continuously operating Dry Dock! This brief adventure into the Yard includes a hands-on demonstration of how a dry dock works—fun and informative for the whole family.  RESERVE YOUR SPOT | 12pm & 12:30pm

Brooklyn Boat Works. Come see their Optimist Pram sailboat built by middle school students. Make paper-scale models of the boat to take home! FREE | 12:30 – 2:30

Construction Kids. Get hands-on with small-craft boats. FREE | 2:30 – 4:30

Mare Liberium, Paper boats & SeaChange 2014 - a collaboration w/ 350.orgFREE | ALL DAY


Enjoy lunch at our on-site café, Ted & Honey, all day: Kids receive a FREE cookie when they share a boat-related fact when they order AND Happy Hour all day! T&H mixologists will be mixing up $4 specialty cocktails featuring Perry’s Tot—Navy Strength Gin


Newtown Creek Dredging

If you’ve been by the Creek in recent days, you may have noticed some extra activity.

photo courtesy of Newtown Creek Alliance

photo courtesy of Newtown Creek Alliance

Newtown Creek is being dredged to make way for the sludge barge which will service the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment facility from its new dock on Whale Creek.

The DEP is taking safety concerns seriously and asks that any noise or odor complaints be reported to 311.

See their press release, for more information.

While the Newtown Creek dredging will impact Boathouse programming, due to safety issues created by heavy ship traffic during this operation, we support this important work. First, we recognize Newtown Creek as the birthplace of the industrial revolution in North America, and are thrilled that it continues to be a working water-way that supports local jobs and industry. Second, as an organization with an environmental mission, we recognize shipping is the most carbon-efficient form of transportation. Improvements to shipping infrastructure supports more shipping. More shipping mean less trucking. Less trucking means less CO2 in our atmosphere. Less CO2 means less warming. Less warming means less sea level rise.

In aqua sanita!