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NBBC Supports Save the Boundary Waters

In 2014. NBBC welcomed Amy and Dave Freeman on their journey by canoe from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington, D.C., where they hoped to draw attention and federal protection to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which is threatened by sulfide-ore copper mining. Two years later, the fight not over, Amy and Dave spent an entire year in the BWCA. Part of that year is captured in the short film Bear Witness:

The BWCA is still threatened by the sulfide-ore copper mining. Here’s the latest information from Save the Boundary Waters:

Recently, federal agencies in charge of managing and protecting this area denied two old mining leases next to the Wilderness and announced a two-year “time out” on mining activities in order to thoroughly study the watershed of the Boundary Waters and determine if this is the wrong place for sulfide-ore copper mining. This is a great first step as we work to establish permanent protection, but our work is not done. Please ask your family and friends to join you in signing our petition, thanking decision-makers for taking this first step, and urging them to enact permanent protection for the Boundary Waters: Here’s the link to take action.

We hope all NBBC members and all those who believe in preserving one of the last unpolluted spaces in the United States will tell the government that you care about saving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from pointless industrial degradation.

We at NBBC paddle all season in waters that are thoroughly imbricated in the country’s industrial legacy. We treasure those small measures of wilderness that break through this history of abuse: egrets in Dutch Kills, kingfishers in Bushwick Inlet, cormorants watching the ferries pass on the East River. All of these things let us see the city again, for the first time, in new ways, and rededicate us to NBBC’s mission: enabling and advocating for access to the waterways of New York for its residents. Stewardship and rehabilitation of those waterways is the natural outgrowth of this mission.

Egret in Dutch Kills, July 28, 2017

It seems natural then, to expand this mission to one of the few places left in the country that has not suffered this extraordinary abuse, where you can dip your canteen into the lake water for a drink and listen to the loons call in the autumn and the wolves howl in the winter. We hope everyone who sees this takes a moment to learn more about the Boundary Waters and then takes action.

NBBC Annual Member Meeting: Wednesday, November 29, 7:00

Big canoe at sunset, July 2014

Paddle down to the Annual Meeting!


The North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Annual Member Meeting is this Wednesday!

North Brooklyn Boat Club Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 29
7:00 PM!!
The Wythe Hotel Basement Screening Room
Free
Cash bar
80 Wythe Avenue at N. 11th St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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The North Brooklyn Boat Club has had another wonderful year in the Broadway Stages Boatyard. There have been almost 200 different paddle trips, some as short as down to Bushwick Inlet and some as long and adventurous as our annual circumnavigation of Manhattan. Hundreds of children and other learners have been given access to what the waters of NYC have to teach at out environmental-education events, and we have also invited our neighbors to experience the lurking horror beneath the waters! We also reached out to other community organizations to extend a network of advocacy and action, and we extended our own reach by offering public paddling from a second location for the first time.

And all these things are possible only because of our members. Indeed, NBBC exists only through its members. And the Annual Meeting is every member’s chance to find out about what has gone on all year and talk about what the future holds. Come add your voice to the conversation.

Hope to see you there!

Williamsburg sunset paddle, September 20, 2016

The meeting is *that* way!

The Season’s Last Public Paddle Is This Saturday!


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 can pause to take in the view of Manhattan.

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.

Whether in our 25′ big canoes or on the sit-on-top kayaks, everyone involved works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way.

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. 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, meet your neighbors, and explore the local waterways. Paddling is free! And at the boatyard, we serve beverages, veggie 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):

One boat launches from MASE while another passes on its way to the mouth of the creek at the public paddle on August 19, 2017

Extra Public Public Paddle This Saturday!


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 can pause to take in the view of Manhattan.

And at this extra-special, extra-public public paddle, we are expanding the programming to a second location! We will launch sit-on-top kayaks from the Manhattan Avenue Street End Park. And one block away at our Broadway Stages Boatyard, we will continue to launch our 25′ canoes.

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.

Whether in our 25′ big canoes or on the sit-on-top kayaks, everyone involved works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way.

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. 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, meet your neighbors, and explore the local waterways. Paddling is free! And at the boatyard, we serve beverages, veggie dogs, and other snacks.

Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

The next public paddle is June  10!

That paddle sure looks public!


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

  • Saturday, May 20, 12-4 PM — Special Guest: El Puente
  • Saturday, June 10, 12-4 PM — Special Guest: Make the Road New York
  • (read all about it here!)

  • Saturday, July 8, 12-4 PM — Special Guest: Mayday Space
  • Saturday, July 29, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 19, 12-4 PM — Special Guest: Manhattan Avenue Street End Park!
  • Saturday, September 16, 12-4 PM
The big canoes!

The big canoes!