Author Archives: Dewey Thompson


These rules apply as of April, 2021 and will be amended & updated as needed.  Thanks for your understanding as we try to do the right thing together.

 Stay home if you are not feeling well, tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19

  • While in the boatyard, always wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from others.

  • Big Canoe protocols:  Wear masks while paddling.  Only paddlers who live together share a seat. 

  • Boatyard protocols:  Safely distanced, masked members and guests (with members) may participate in gardening, boatyard and boat maintenance.  No social gatherings.

  • As always, Trip Leaders have full and final discretion over who paddles on their trips.

Upcoming Creek Life Events – Via Eventbrite

Join us for a canoe trips from Manhattan Avenue street end park to the end of Newtown Creek, exploring the changing scenery and observing the wildlife, ships, and infrastructure that make make up this historical waterway. We will be paddling in one of our 29′ canoes to provide the best group experience – no previous paddling experience required. Come dressed for the weather.

Spots on the canoe trip are limited and registration must be done on Eventbrite. We charge a nominal fee to help ensure attendance; if the ticket cost is a barrier please contact us. We reserve the right to cancel the trip for weather or other reasons, we will notify registrants at least 12 hours in advance.

These programs are made possible with generous support from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Creek Life: Low Tide Birdwatching
Creek Life: Infrastructure of Newtown Creek
Creek Life: Ship Spotting on Newtown Creek
Creek Life: Low Tide Birdwatching (Rain Date)

The New Explorers discuss Landscape, Exploration and Art

IMG_3896.JPG IMG_3925.JPG IMG_3924.JPG IMG_3915.JPGAuthor Kris Timken presented her book, The New Explorers to a rapt and capacity crowd at the Broadway Stages Boatyard on Sunday. Renowned art writer Lucy R. Lippard and legendary artist (and paddler!) Marie Lorenz joined in the discussion of how women might approach, perceive and express the act and idea of exploration and the art inspired by it in a way that is still fairly new territory in a landscape historically dominated by male discourse and perspective. 30+mph winds prevented Kris and Lucy from rowing in with Marie in her Tide Taxi but there was a lot of talk among those attending about expeditions as soon as the waters warm up. Kris very generously donated the proceeds from sales of her book to NBBC.

Long Winter’s Night at the Boatyard

While the days are short and the water is cold, the boat club is not hibernating! For qualified kayak and canoe paddlers there are trips exploring the frozen reaches of the East River and Newtown Creek. A recent expedition involving our new trailer to Jamaica Bay got postponed because of high winds but more adventures are in the works. In the meantime, there is nautical knitting, a book club, chess, paddle carving and boat restoration! There’s a double-barreled wood-burning stove in the boatshed! Bring an armful of broken furniture and join us!