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Summer Solstice Benefit Party 2018!

The NBBC 2018 Summer SOlstice party is June 23, 6 PM till late

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!

All proceeds will benefit NBBC’s community programming on the waterways of New York City.

6 PM till late
$5 admission
Food, drinks, music, fellowship, and fun
21+ to drink

Featuring music by:
The Reverse Engineers / Blacktop Daisy / Old Table / RYAL / The Listeners

We can’t wait to see you there!

Northland by Porter Fox: Book Launch Party and more!

Book luanch party for Porter Fox's Northland at NBBC, June 28, 6 PM to 9 PM

Porter Fox canoed and hiked along the entire northern U.S. border. His book, Northland, will be published by Norton on July 3.

Come join us for a launch party and reading. There are even a bluegrass band, a raffle, good food and drinks, and more!

Thursday June 28, 2018
The Crystal Shed at NBBC’s Broadway Stages Boatyard
51 Ash Street Brooklyn, NY 11222
Rain or Shine
6-9pm

6 pm: Relax with food and drinks
6-7 pm: Bluegrass music and a slideshow
7 pm: Q&A with Porter Fox and a short reading
7:30 pm: Raffle drawing for a Boundary Waters trip

See the NBBC Calendar for the latest details.

The Next Public Paddle Is June 16!

The next public paddle is Saturday, June 16!

The next public paddle is Opening Day, May 26!


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.

Heading west along the bulkhead

Heading west along the bulkhead

In Dutch Kills

In Dutch Kills

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.

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, great veggie food, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

This year’s schedule (subject to change; please check our Calendar of Events):

  • Saturday, May 26, 1-6 PM — Opening Day 2018!
  • Saturday, June 16, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 14, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 28, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 18, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 8, 12-4 PM


The big canoes!

The big canoes!

Opening Day 2018! Saturday, May 26!

Paddle instruction on the NBBC dock. Public paddle, August 19, 2017

North Brooklyn Boat Club’s 2018 Opening Day celebration will feature the good things in life: tasty food, cold drinks, fellowship, fire, and paddling on the waters of New York City!

Come join us:

  • Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Broadway Stages Boatyard
  • 51 Ash St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
  • 1 PM – 6 PM

This is the season’s first chance for NBBC to do what we do best: fulfill our mission to enable access to the waterways of New York City for the residents of our local community.

As at all our Public Paddles, on Opening Day we’ll welcome walk-up participants to join trained NBBC guides for short trips on Newtown Creek and often out toward the East River, where we pause to take in the view of Manhattan.

We’ll use our 25′ big canoes, the perfect vessel for working together to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing our city in a new way.

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Greenpoint neighbors and members of other community organizations. Come down to our community boatyard, and learn more about Greenpoint’s history, environmental challenges and successes, and residents. Get out on the water and see the neighborhood as you never have before!

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water, but the earlier you arrive the better your chance of going on a paddle. Paddling is free! And we serve beverages, tasty veggie food, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

For this year’s schedule, please check our Calendar of Events and the Public Paddle page on our blog.

NBBC is your community boat club. Come join us to start up another great season of community, advocacy, adventure, and paddling!

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.