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.
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):
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 — Special Guest: Manhattan Avenue Street End Park!
- Saturday, September 16, 12-4 PM
(read all about it here!)