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The Public Paddles Are Here!

The next public paddle is August 27!

The first public paddle is May 20!


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 May 20, it is our great pleasure to invite our north Brooklyn neighbors from El Puente 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
  • Saturday, July 8, 12-4 PM
  • 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 September 24!

The next public paddle is September 24!


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 Greenpoint neighbors and members of other community organizations. Come down to our community boat yard, and learn more about Greenpoint’s history, environmental challenges and successes, and residents. Get out on the water and see the neighborhood in a completely new way!

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:

  • Saturday, May 28, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 2, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 30, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 27, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 24, 12-4 PM
The big canoes!

The big canoes!

Greenpointers: Canoeing: The Creek to Bushwick Inlet

“Gliding down the Newtown Creek gives one a much different perspective of that waterway. While it certainly didn’t feel clean – the water itself has a murky, oily quality to it that I find unsettling, particularly at night – the calming effect of being on it changed my experience of the day dramatically. The stiff breeze on the river itself made for slow going, but this died off the moment we turned into Bushwick Inlet. Gliding in, crumbling industrial infrastructure provided the backdrop for a calm embayment that fostered schools of small silver fish jumping from the water and wading shorebirds. We hopped out for a snack and to skip stones as the sun went down behind Manhattan. After turning on the boat lights, we paddled back out into the river to find that the wind was now at our backs, leaving us to simply steer back into the creek, where a cheery fire and a drink awaited us at the boathouse.”

Greenpointers – Canoeing: The Creek to Bushwick Inlet