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Big News from *YOUR* Community Boathouse

Dear community,

We have two exciting announcements to share with you. First, this spring we will (finally!) commence building our community boathouse and environmental education center on Newtown Creek. This North Brooklyn community space is made possible by a grant* from NYS DEC and generous support from Tony and Gina Argento of Broadway Stages. The boathouse will be located on the same lot we have used as our home base for seven seasons of community programming, and the building project represents more than eight years of planning to create a space that will connect the people of North Brooklyn with their waterways, in keeping with our mission.

Second, in conjunction with the building of this boathouse, our nonprofit (501c3) organization will now use the name North Brooklyn Community Boathouse. We will commission the design of a new logo and are looking forward to sharing more details about that with you in the near future.

The 8,000-square-foot boathouse will include storage for dozens of kayaks and canoes, an ADA-accessible dock, a boat-building workshop, an environmental education center, and office space for nonprofit organizations working on revitalizing our local waterways.

Since its founding in 2010, the North Brooklyn Community Boathouse has expanded its outreach and programming while fostering an inclusive culture of creativity and DIY resourcefulness (with a nautical bent). Today we have more than 350 members, many of whom actively volunteer in delivering monthly free public paddles, environmental-education programs, and on-water kayak and canoe training, as well as marine-safety and trip-planning workshops. When NBCB takes ownership — and we will actually own this facility — we will secure the future of these valuable programs and community access to the water.

One of the Big Canoes, Public Paddle, July 14, 2018

While the boathouse is under construction, the status and privileges of our members will not change. NBCB will continue to operate, with paddling and other programs based in exciting new locations around Greenpoint. Kayak and canoe trips will be launched from the Brooklyn Barge (West St @ Milton St.) and free public paddles and also member trips from Manhattan Avenue Street End. Environmental Education trips will be launched from those locations as well as other spots still to be confirmed. Long Island City Community Boathouse has also offered to collaborate on trips and programs during the estimated eighteen-month construction period. These temporary locations will give NBCB more exposure and help expand both membership and outreach.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail info@northbrooklynboatclub.org. And look for updates here on our website as the paddling season approaches — and we hope to see you on the water soon!

With love and thanks,

North Brooklyn Community Boathouse

PS: Yes, we shall miss the boatyard while we are in exile. It lit up our lives!

*The Newtown Creek Environmental Fund was created from fines levied by New York State DEC against New York City’s DEP for violations incurred during the construction of the Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Haunted Paddle 2018: Cthulhu Canoe!

The Dark is rising in Newtown Creek … who knows what horrors lurk below its ancient waters …?

But you can come find out on October 27 at NBBC’s Haunted Paddle 2018!

Let our dark and silent (ACA-certified) guides take you on a terrifying thirty-minute tour of the starkly beautiful postindustrial waters of Newtown Creek. Over the dark surface of this time-haunted stream, strange chants echo, and those who dwell here have changed with the passing of forgotten years. As your boat glides beneath the rusted relics of bygone industry, you’ll see the twisted devotees of ancient powers, older than humanity, uncaring, and strange.

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.

Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Canoe!

All are welcome to witness the horrors of the deep! You won’t find anything this Halloween that’s more superfun(d) than this! Each $45 canoe ride ticket includes a drink ticket to be used after your trip.

You’ll need it.

For those too fearful to ply the waters, we’ll have a party on land with a bonfire, drinks, and food.

The party is free to attend and requires no RSVP, but haunted canoe ride tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets sell out fast, so grab yours soon! Tickets are on sale now!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cthulhu-canoe-haunted-boat-ride-tickets-50540832992

  • NBBC Boatyard: 51 Ash St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, USA
  • October 27, 2018
  • 6:00-11:30 PM
  • Haunted canoe tours every 20 minutes
  • Purchase tickets in advance
  • Any unsold tickets will be available at the door

Poster by Jonathan Burkhardt
http://jonathandraws.com/

It’s Time to Rock the Pulaski!

NBBC’s Rock the Pulaski Party is coming! The September fundraiser at your community boat club brings bands, food, fire, and fellowship to the shores of Newtown Creek!

  • Saturday, September 22
  • 6 PM to midnight
  • $5 before 8 pm, $10 after
  • Food and drink for sale!

Bands

  • The Reverse Engineers: 7 PM
  • Blacktop Daisy: 8 PM
  • REvV: 9 PM
  • Leland Sundries: 10 PM
  • The Shook Ones: 11 PM

All proceeds will benefit NBBC’s community programming on the waterways of New York City.

Join the Fight Against Local Overdevelopment

On the waters of NYC, you learn quickly that everything in the city is connected. We deal with the legacy of industrialism and unchecked development every day. We see the damage wrought by the pursuit of profits at any cost, and we know that only determined, careful, and vocal action by local communities can hope to check the partnership of capital and politics before every living space in the city is overwhelmed.

Klaus steers the Public Paddle

The population of the areas surrounding our home waters has grown dramatically in recent years, and there has been almost no effort to control this growth or make sure that infrastructure and services grow also or to prevent long-term residents’ being priced out of their homes and neighborhoods. Come out to Long Island City’s New York Irish Center on September 12 to TAKE BACK LIC from overdevelopment: