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Bridges Made of Boats / Puentes hecho de barcos: Public Paddle with Make the Road New York

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!

NBBC’s new friends from Make the Road New York, June 10, 2017

The Next Public Paddle Is June 10!

The next public paddle is June  10!

The next public paddle is June 10!


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.

On June 10, it is our great pleasure to invite our north Brooklyn neighbors from Make the Road New York 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):

  • Saturday, May 20, 12-4 PM — Special Guest: El Puente
  • Saturday, June 10, 12-4 PM — Special Guest: Make the Road New York
  • Saturday, July 8, 12-4 PM
  • — Special Guest: Mayday Space

  • Saturday, July 29, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 19, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 16, 12-4 PM
The big canoes!

The big canoes!

The Public Paddles Are Here!

The next public paddle is August 27!

The next public paddle is August 19!


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.

For May 20, we invited El Puente to the Public Paddle; for June 10, we invited Make the Road New York; and for July 8, we invited Mayday Space. It is our great pride and pleasure to invite our North Brooklyn neighbors and partners to paddle with us, and 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):


The big canoes!

The big canoes!

Adventures Near and Far This Week at NBBC

How to Sail Away from It All: Kate & Fabio’s Big Adventure

Thursday, October 13
NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard
7:00-9:00 PM

Kate and Fabio spent the last few years refitting a “vintage” Columbia 29 sailboat, and sailing it from Buzzards Bay, MA, to St. Marys, GA, and back again! Come gather round for a photo show of their adventure — the good, the bad, and the dusty. Topics will include electric propulsion for two, miracles in fiberglass, marina biology, advanced sanding, and more!

How to Sail Away from It All: Kate & Fabio's Big Adventure

Sailing Away from It All . . .

Kate Zidar was the head of NCA for several years and is a big advocate for the boat club. She sailed away from NYC, literally, about a year ago, in a small boat with with Fabio, whom she had met on a boat in Panama, and they have had many adventures, including a focus on ecology and sustainability in various coastal towns along the Atlantic shore.

Come here their story at NBBC’s boatyard Thursday, October 13, 7:00-9:00 PM.

Thursday, October 13
NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard
7:00-9:00 PM
Fire, grill, and cocktails to follow.

Explore Local Waters with NBBC and NCA

Saturday, October 15
NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard
11:00 AM-3:00 PM: GCEF Open House
3:00-5:30: Water-Quality Boat Trip with NBBC and Newtown Creek Alliance

Patterson shows wildlife thriving in the Living Dock to a class from St. Joseph College

Showing off the wildlife in the Living Dock

There are two chances Saturday to join NBBC and the Newtown Creek Alliance to explore the waters of Newtown Creek and learn about the local environment.

First, Celebrate fall in Greenpoint at the first annual OpenHouse GCEF
From green roofs and parks to birds and boats, OpenHouseGCEF offers Greenpointers a chance to see GCEF projects in action and learn firsthand how they are making our community and healthier, safer, and “greener” place to live. Come by the ED Shed at NBBC to see what we’re doing.

Then stick around to join the Newtown Creek Alliance and the North Brooklyn Boat Club for a special series of on-water tours to examine and discuss current water quality trends for Newtown Creek. Following an on-land introduction and presentation on water quality issues, the group will take to the Creek with the North Brooklyn Boat Club and paddle to particular areas of interest and conduct live testing. For more information, see this recent post, and to reserve a spot in the boat, visit the NBBC Events Calendar.