Public Paddles

A new old name, a new old home, and a new season for North Brooklyn Community Boathouse

You know us as North Brooklyn Boatclub, but we are going with our original name: North Brooklyn Community Boathouse. Because we are YOUR community boating organization, and our mission is to enable access to and encourage stewardship of the local waters among YOU, our local community.

We missed you in 2020! And we are thrilled to announce that our Public Paddle series is back for 2021!

And even better, we are launching the public paddles from our old boatyard at 51 Ash St., just against the Pulaski Bridge in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

The six Public Paddles already scheduled will alternate between our gorgeous 29′ Langley canoes and a new fleet of sit-on-top kayaks!

We’re kicking it all off THIS Saturday, May 29! We’ll have the big canoes on the water and ready to share with our community.

Because of lingering COVID concerns, we are running the boats at half capacity. So each trip will be limited to six people, plus the expert NBCB guides. From 12-2, tickets are available on Eventbrite. From 2-4, we welcome walk-ups and holders of physical tickets, which we are distributing to other local community organizations.

An Eventbrite reservation or physical ticket will allow one person to paddle with us or two people who share a “quarantine pod” — family members who live together.

We ask all our friends and neighbors to wear a mask while in the boatyard or in the boats.

This year’s schedule (subject to change; please check our Calendar of Events):

The Public Paddle Series lets 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 and friends and neighbors gathering together on the shores of Newtown Creek. No matter where you live, NBCB is your community boat club.

Ticket holders and walk-up participants will join trained NBBC guides for short trips on Newtown Creek and often out toward the East River, where we pause to take in the view of Manhattan.

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!

Paddle instruction before hitting the water!

Paddling is free! Our public paddles are child and pet friendly. Check our website in the morning in case of inclement weather.

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