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Meet the Paddlers, Part 5

NBBC exists to enable and advocate for human-powered boating on the waterways bordering Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in particular, and all through the New York Harbor. It is a community organization, and the member-volunteers — trip leaders, trip assistants, and program volunteers — who keep us on the water come from that community and give back to it by making NBBC programming happen.

Here are two more of those amazing volunteers. So if you see Amy, Peter, or any of our trip leaders and volunteers around the club or out on the water, say hi, and thank them for lending their time and skills to keep North Brooklyn boating!

And visit the Trip Leaders and Volunteers page on the NBBC website to learn more about them!


Canoe trip leader

Public paddle, 2015

Amy in the bow at a public paddle, 2015

Q. Tell us about a favorite route or trip that you like to use for club paddles.
One of my favorite trips is Hallets Cove with a Roosevelt Island circ. It’s a great trip length, and it’s always fun to get some ice cream from Costco and check out what’s going on in the Socrates Sculpture Garden. And coming back via the west channel is really fun. I’m also a huge fan of public paddles; you can find me sterning one of the big canoes at most of them. I love encouraging new people to come out on the water and learn about the Creek and what NBBC is all about.

Q. Tell us one of your favorite stories about a particular club trip.
My first City of Water trip was incredible. It was so fun to see so many other people-powered boats out and about and to know we were all headed to the same place and that everyone else on the water knew it was happening. It was a great sense of community. Crossing Buttermilk Channel for the first time was exciting, and when we got to Governors Island, exploring with other NBBC folks was amazing! When we camped that night (this is the only day you can camp on Governors Island!), after a wonderful dinner, much talking, and stargazing, I slept under the open sky, and it was wonderful. To this day, I’ve only ever been to Governors Island by canoe, and I kind of like it that way — it changes how I think about the place.

Prepping for big canoe rescue training, May 2016.

Prepping for big canoe rescue training, May 2016.

Peter Tiso

Canoe trip leader

Pete gives Public Paddle paddle prep

Pete provides the public Public Paddle paddle prep

Q. How did you first find North Brooklyn Boat Club? What’s your origin story as a club member?
Back when NBBC was still meeting at the Brooklyn Rod & Gun, I went to go write about them for Greenpointers. I nervously sat around a table eating peanuts and surrounded by people I didn’t yet know would become my friends, but I knew they were on to something. I held a relevant merit badge from the prestigious Boy Scouts of America, but my canoeing was pretty rusty when I first got to the club. When I brought down my old canoe to donate and Willis took me out in the middle of the river at night for the first time, I was totally hooked.

Q. Tell us about a favorite route or trip that you like to use for club paddles.
I really love the trip from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The feeling of having the whole river pushing you both ways is indescribable, and there are many small, interesting places to explore along the way, and the best view of the Williamsburg Bridge is from the water underneath it. After you do it a few times, the tricks of the current around docks and pilings feels like a playground.

Peter on the Creek

Peter on the Creek

Q. Tell us one of your favorite stories about a particular club trip.
Jeff Stark once put on a performance set on the Gowanus Canal called The Dreary Coast, which placed the audience on a barge moving up and down the canal. One night he opened it to people who arrived in their own craft, so we paddled down in one of the 25-foot war canoes. Aside from the performance itself — one of the best uses of forgotten space I’ve ever seen — the trip down and back was memorable. We surprised a tugboat we were coordinating with over the radio with how fast the canoe could go when full of good paddlers, hit some exciting rough water in the harbor, and went out for sandwiches in face paint and life jackets. I think all of our canoeing should be done while dressed as damned souls and our faces painted to terrible masks.

Pranking the kayakers, September 17, 2015

Learn more about Amy, Peter, and other super-skilled and endlessly enthusiastic NBBCers on the Trip Leaders and Volunteers page!

Opening Day 2017! Sunday May 21!

This Sunday, May 21, 2 PM – 8 PM, we’re ditching the dry suits for a sunny and beautiful 2017 opening day!

So come down to the the Broadway Stages Boatyard and party like only NBBC can!

Join us to celebrate the opening of the 2017 paddling season with live music, grilled goodies, cheap drinks, and fire — and maybe even boating!

Saving the Bay, Cleaning the Creek: Two Events at NBBC

Restoring Our Home Waters

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is dedicated to enabling and advocating for human-powered boating on the waterways bordering Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Our mission is to enable local citizens to be effective stewards of the ecology and so preserve the recreation and freedom that the waterways engender.

And next week brings two opportunities to NBBC members to learn about — and help with — remediation efforts on the waterways of NYC.

Screening: Saving Jamaica Bay

Thursday, May 4
8:00 PM

NBBC is excited to present a screening of Saving Jamaica Bay in our boatyard on the shores of Newtown Creek.

Come and watch what we call the movie about nature in NYC. Critics we didn’t ask rave, “It’s a masterpiece,” ‘It’s a celebration of communities fighting for their waterways,” and “Hey, was that a heron and a Boeing 747 in the same scene?”

$5 suggested donation, soft drinks and beer available for purchase.

Following the screening we’ll have a Q&A with Dan Hendricks, producer of Saving Jamaica Bay.

No registration required. More details on the NBBC calendar.

Riversweep Volunteer Creek Clean-Up

Saturday, May 6
11:00 AM – 4 PM
NBBC Members Only

NBBC members are invited to join Riverkeeper for its sixth annual day of service for the Hudson River Estuary. We’ll be doing our part on Newtown Creek on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

At the 2016 Riverkeeper Sweep, more than 2,200 volunteers, and dozens of community partners worked along hundreds of miles of shoreline from Brooklyn to Troy to remove over 48 tons of debris and plant or maintain 836 trees and native grasses.

Register on the NBBC Calendar to come help out. This is an on-water event, so dress appropriately:

  • No cotton!
  • Wear layers!
  • Bring water! (Nondisposable bottle, of course)

Hope to see you at one or both of these events!