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A Communal Season: NBBC’s 2019 Public Paddles at MASE Park

In 2019, NBBC furthered our mission by making our Public Paddle series even more public. For the first time, we launched all of our Public Paddles from MASE Park. Going into the season — our first in exile from our boatyard as we await construction of a permanent community boathouse — we were all nervous about what the season would bring and whether we could continue to reach our community and help our neighbors see that the waters of NYC don’t belong only to those who use them for industry or who are wealthy enough to afford their own boats. But thanks to the generous support of the NYC Parks Department, we brought more people than ever before out on Newtown Creek in our fleet of grant-funded Langley canoes!

Public Paddle, May 11, 2019

From MASE Park, the northern end of Greenpoint’s main street, we were able to make our presence known to people who would not have found us in the boatyard. Our Public Paddles became more public than ever, and soon our volunteers had the set-up and breakdown mastered.

Volunteers ready for the Public Paddle, May 25, 2019

Thanks to Parks and GCEF, we created community events throughout the paddling season, providing food, fellowship, and adventure and talking about the living history and ecology of Newtown Creek and the entire estuary. Plus, we were able to provide a little instruction on paddling canoes!

Learning the moves! Public Paddle, June 1, 2019

The waters are cooling now, and the days are growing short. The 2019 paddling season is just about over. But NBBC is looking forward to 2020 and to continuing our mission: bringing the people of North Brooklyn and NYC in general out on their home waters and sharing with them the gift of connecting with those waters and reclaiming them for ourselves and for the future.

Public Paddle, June 1, 2019

Plus, it’s just fun!

NBBC wants to thank GCEF and Parks for all they have done for our mission — and we hope to see you all on the water in 2020!

Scenes from a Public Paddle

Now with more public!

NBBC’s 2019 Public Paddle Series launched Saturday, May 11, with our first community paddle activity wholly based in Manhattan Avenue Street End Park. Through the generous partnership of NYC Parks, we are able to launch our new fleet of 29′ canoes from the heart of Greenpoint and onto NBBC’s home waters on Newtown Creek.

NBBC’s new 29′ Langley canoes made their first public trips, bringing more than a hundred people out on the waters of New York City and helping fulfill the mission of your community boat club.

Come join NBBC Saturday, May 25, for the next Public Paddle, and your city in a whole new way.

NBBC Is Hiring: Education Facilitator

Education Facilitator (Seasonal)

Job Description

The North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Facilitator to work on educational programming through June 31 of 2019. NBBC offers environmental education to the general public through on-water tours and on-land activities at 2 locations in Greenpoint. We are seeking an experienced paddler with an interest in environmental education to help our organization deliver grant-funded paddles in May and June, and to help us prepare for the season and keep our equipment and fleet maintained throughout. Working with volunteers, the Facilitator will organize and coordinate small and large paddle events, many of which the Facilitator will be responsible for scheduling and promoting. Additional duties as determined by the grant coordinators may include painting, repair and maintenance of boats and shipping containers, and working on signage and boat-storage solutions. The facilitator will work independently, and can also expect to solicit help from our large pool of volunteers and work with others. In addition to paddling experience, the Facilitator will need light carpentry and painting skills and an interest in sharing our mission of environmental education with the public


  • Coordinate with volunteers
  • Schedule and promote public paddles
  • Help with grant-funded activities
  • Schedule, coordinate, and organize on-water events
  • Some graphic design work for signage and online promotion
  • Keep track of numbers of participants
  • Help grant coordinators with reporting duties
  • Help maintain Club boats and equipment

Work Schedule & Compensation

10 hours per week, April 15 – May 1; 20 hours per week, May 1 – June 30. Availability to work on weekends is a high priority; scheduling is flexible. Possibility of additional hours depending on funding availability. $30 per hour.


Highly motivated and self-driven with ability to work well with others and independently. Knowledge of Newtown Creek and environs. Has own basic tools and bicycle. A natural communicator. Some background in marine or earth sciences is a plus. Must be very comfortable in small boats, able to teach basic paddle skills to others. Canoe experience is a requirement as is willingness to learn new paddling skills. Fluency in Spanish or Polish is a plus.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Resume should include 2 to 3 references. Position will remain open until filled.

About NBBC

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides public access to the East River and Newtown Creek. NBBC is dedicated to advocating for human-powered boating and stewardship of the waterways around North Brooklyn. Since 2012, NBBC has safely taken thousands of people out onto the water and run environmental educational programming for dozens of schools and educational groups. More info here.

Creek Life! Tuesday Open Hours at NBBC

Come to the NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard at 51 Ash Street most Tuesday evenings for open hours. The Ed Shed will be open; come look at plankton in our microscope, talk about our new composting system, paint a sign, or just hang out and watch the water go by in Newtown Creek.

For more information or to collaborate on an Open Hours event or find the volunteering opportunity that’s best for you, please contact Lena at

These events are open to the public. We want to welcome you to come learn more about the mission and volunteering opportunities of your community boat club.

Shaped by the waters of NYC: NBBC Open Hours!