NBBC joined boat clubs from all over the city for an overnight stay at Governors Island for City of Water 2017 . . . and demonstrated on the hot paddle home that the waters of New York City have many uses!
At these free, informal paddles, North Brooklyn Boat Club welcomes walk-up participants to join trained NBBC guides for short trips on Newtown Creek and often out toward the East River, where we often pause to take in the view of Manhattan. Usually we take out our 25′ big canoes. Everyone on the paddle works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way. We might also take out regular tandem canoes or sit-on-top kayaks depending on the weather.
Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Brooklyn neighbors to the boatyard to see the city the way we love to see it — from the water. In particular, we are proud to welcome other nonprofit community organizations to join us and relax from the hard work of making the world a little bit better.
On July 8, it is our great pleasure to invite our north Brooklyn neighbors from Mayday Space to paddle with us — you should join us, too, as we break tradition by building bridges on the water!
We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water using our war canoes, but the earlier you arrive the better your chance of going on a paddle. All our voyages are led by certified trip leaders and include some of the best views of the city. This is a great way to check out the boatyard and get a chance to explore the local waterways. Paddling is free! And we serve beverages, veggie dogs, hot dogs, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.
This year’s schedule (subject to change; please check our Calendar of Events):
North Brooklyn Boat Club’s public paddles are free and open to everyone and are one of the most important things the club does. NBBC is a community organization dedicated to enabling and advocating for access to and preservation of the waters of New York City for the community of North Brooklyn. And it is on these days of public access that we are best able to share what we do with our neighbors.
This summer, we have been inviting other nonprofit North Brooklyn community organizations to join us and relax from the hard work of making the world a little bit better.
On June 10, it was our pride and pleasure to share the public paddle with Make the Road New York. Make the Road New York “builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.” This is a mission that NBBC can fully support.
We think that seeing the world from the water renews our connection to it, renews the impetus to struggle to make the world better. We think that being on the waters of New York, in a boat powered only by the people in it, immerses us in the city’s history, in the ecology of our estuary, in the long struggle for dignity and peace around these waters, and in the power of our local community — immerses us even as we float upon it!
So we welcome our neighbors and our fellow community organizations to the boatyard to see the city the way we love to see it — from the water.
For a collection of images from the June 10 public paddle, please see our Paddle Gallery. And please consider supporting Make the Road New York with your time or money as they continue the struggle to set all New Yorkers free from injustice and discrimination, from poverty and want.
It was our great pleasure to invite Make the Road New York to paddle with us — you should join us, too, as we break tradition by building bridges on the water!
Come and play the paddlin’ way! Celebrate summer at your community boat club with all the best things: good neighbors, good food, bands on the shipping containers, and sitting by the fire to watch the water go by! The horseshoe crabs might even wave at you!
All proceeds will benefit community programming on the waterways of New York City.
$5 before 8 PM, $10 after
21+ to Drink
Featuring music by:
Gotham FX / Vostok / William Table / The Reverse Engineers / Free Advice / A Devil’s Broadcast
Sponsored by Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. and Dandelion Wine.
All hands on deck: Lend our volunteer-run club a hand in putting on the best party of the summer! To volunteer, write us and let us know!
We can’t wait to see you there!