Greenpointers: Canoeing: The Creek to Bushwick Inlet

“Gliding down the Newtown Creek gives one a much different perspective of that waterway. While it certainly didn’t feel clean – the water itself has a murky, oily quality to it that I find unsettling, particularly at night – the calming effect of being on it changed my experience of the day dramatically. The stiff breeze on the river itself made for slow going, but this died off the moment we turned into Bushwick Inlet. Gliding in, crumbling industrial infrastructure provided the backdrop for a calm embayment that fostered schools of small silver fish jumping from the water and wading shorebirds. We hopped out for a snack and to skip stones as the sun went down behind Manhattan. After turning on the boat lights, we paddled back out into the river to find that the wind was now at our backs, leaving us to simply steer back into the creek, where a cheery fire and a drink awaited us at the boathouse.”

Greenpointers – Canoeing: The Creek to Bushwick Inlet