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Public Paddle October 15 at MASE Park!

The next North Brooklyn Community Boathouse Public Paddle is October 15, 2022!

And we hope to see you there!

As we are unable to use the NBCB boatyard, this community event will take place at Manhattan Avenue Street End Park, just one block away in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Public Paddles let NBCB do what we do best: fulfill our mission to enable access to the waterways of New York City for our local community.

We’ll have canoe tours with views of Manhattan, tasty beverages and snacks on hand, and friends and neighbors gathering together on the shores of Newtown Creek.

The event runs 12-4. We have only one of our 29′ Langley canoes available for this Public Paddle, so anticipate some time on land, meeting your neighbors and participating in the Community Reflection Station.

We ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please stay home if you are feeling ill. If you are worried you are sick and need help, please see NYC’s Covid Resources Guide here.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help out and learn more about NBCB, please use the “Register” button on the Calendar page.

Paddle instruction before hitting the water!

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 the park and talk to your neighbors. Together, let’s learn more about Greenpoint’s history, environmental challenges and successes, and residents. Get out on the water and see the neighborhood as you never have before!

Got it?

We can’t wait to see you!

Blue skies, full boats–can’t lose!

NBCB sincerely thanks the Greenpoint Community Environment Fund and the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for financial support for our Public Paddle series.

Public paddle, August 19, 2017

Public Paddle September 17 at MASE Park!

The next North Brooklyn Community Boathouse Public Paddle is September 17, 2022!

And we hope to see you there!

As we are still in exile from the boatyard, this community event will take place at Manhattan Avenue Street End Park, just one block away in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Public Paddles let NBCB do what we do best: fulfill our mission to enable access to the waterways of New York City for our local community.

We’ll have canoe tours with views of Manhattan, tasty beverages and snacks on hand, and friends and neighbors gathering together on the shores of Newtown Creek.

The event runs 12-4. We have only one of our 29′ Langley canoes available for this Public Paddle, so anticipate some time on land, meeting your neighbors and participating in the Community Reflection Station.

For this Public Paddle, we are also welcoming guests from an important protest action that will take place on the East River earlier in the morning.

A group of NYC First Nations, youth, and local climate activists will join a flotilla action with the Pacific Island Students Fighting Climate Change to take the world’s biggest problem to the world’s highest court by seeking an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on climate change.

During the opening of the United Nations General Assembly’s 77th session, representatives from the Pacific Islands are coming to NYC to urge world leaders to vote yes on the ICJ advisory opinion resolution when it is put to a vote. The advisory opinion campaign aims to clarify the legal obligations of states to protect the rights of current and future generations from the adverse effects of climate change. After gathering with NBCB volunteers on the banks of Newtown Creek, the site of historic industrial pollution, the flotilla of boats will embark into the East River across from the UN building to stage a photo with signage draped across sails, canoes, and boats. Then a smaller contingent will trek down to the southern point of Manhattan for an iconic image in front of Lady Liberty to amplify the story of powerful youth-led organizing from the most impacted island nations fighting to protect their future.

Representatives from the action will be on hand at the Public Paddle to talk about this important work. NBCB is proud to once again join in protest and action in support of the planet’s Indigenous populations and against the forces that would ignore climate changes and the planet’s most vulnerable peoples.

Global Canoe and NBCB, 2016

We ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please stay home if you are feeling ill. If you are worried you are sick and need help, please see NYC’s Covid Resources Guide here.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help out and learn more about NBCB, please use the “Register” button on the Calendar page.

Paddle instruction before hitting the water!

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 the park and talk to your neighbors. Together, let’s learn more about Greenpoint’s history, environmental challenges and successes, and residents. Get out on the water and see the neighborhood as you never have before!

Got it?

We can’t wait to see you!

Blue skies, full boats–can’t lose!

NBCB sincerely thanks the Greenpoint Community Environment Fund and the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for financial support for our Public Paddle series.

Public paddle, August 19, 2017

City of Water Day Public Paddle in Dutch Kills! (And Street Clean-up and Public Art Installation!)

Clean-up, public paddle, *and* an immersive arts experience along the Creek! Come out and enjoy your city’s local water body! Free! Saturday, July 16, 11 AM – 2 PM

July 16 is City of Water Day, which brings together communities throughout the NY/NJ Metro Region to raise awareness about the risk we all face from floods and rising seas, and champion climate-change-resilient shorelines and waterfront communities.

Join North Brooklyn Community Boathouse (NBCB), Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA), and the and visual and performing artist Marie Lorenz for a Creekside clean-up and exploration by boat of the forgotten reaches of our local Superfund site: Newtown Creek!

From 11am – 2pm NBCB will run a Public Paddle event along the Dutch Kills tributary of the Creek while NCA will host a clean-up at the public access site and street end.

Our goal is to improve environmental conditions at these sites while also making them safer and more inviting as green public areas along the shore.

Light snacks and water will be provided.

At the public paddle event, we will launch canoes NBCB’s 29′ cooperative canoes, and volunteer guides will lead trips to experience artwork by the found-materials sculptor, photographer, and performance artist Marie Lorenz on the water, out of sight from the shore.

No paddling experience is required for participants and an on-land safety training will be held before boating begins. The Dutch Kills tributary offers a safe haven for boating given the inaccessibility for commercial vessels and large boats.

For the on-shore clean-up, NCA will provide gloves, tools, safety vests, and guidance on how to help care for the new urban meadows. We ask participants to bring a refillable bottle and sun block and to wear close-toed shoes.

You can register through the NBCB calendar page or through Eventbrite. NBCB volunteers, please register through the calendar and let us know when you are available. You can also just show up!

I hate it when they fight. Goose and egret at the new marsh project in Dutch Kills, July 13, 2018

Whether registered or not, all attendees will be able to join the shoreline clean-up of the Borden Ave Street End (a city-owned shoreline NCA has stewarded since 2019); paddle on the guided canoe trip of Dutch Kills (utilizing one of NBCB’s 29 foot 12 person canoes, captained by a certified trip leader); and engage with Lorenz’s on-water artwork.

The Public Paddles let NBCB do what we do best: fulfill our mission to enable access to the waterways of New York City for our local community. We hope you can join us for this special City of Water Day edition!

NBCB sincerely thanks the Greenpoint Community Environment Fund and the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for financial support for our Public Paddle series.

About Our Partners

The Newtown Creek Alliance is a community-based organization dedicated to restoring, revealing and revitalizing Newtown Creek.

NCA works to restore community health, water quality, habitat, access, and vibrant commerce along Newtown Creek. Since 2002, the Alliance has served as a catalyst for effective community action.

Marie Lorenz’s work, both on and off the water, brings people closer to our urban waterways and is deeply evocative of our impact on the planet. Amongst her numerous projects, Lorenz has been operating The Tide and Current Taxi, a rowboat taxi that she paddles to reveal New York Harbor to any interested parties, seasonally since 2005. She also makes prints, sculptures, and mobiles of washed-up manmade materials. With her creative work, Lorenz brings people to the water, working with its tidal systems to reintroduce urbanites to our aquatic systems and the impact they have on us, our city, and our shorelines.