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.

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

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications

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 info@northbrooklynboatclub.org. 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.

NBBC Annual Member Meeting: Sunday, December 2, 1:00 PM

The North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Annual Member Meeting is Sunday, December 2!

North Brooklyn Boat Club Annual Meeting
Sunday, December 2, 1-3 PM
North Brooklyn Boat Club
51 Ash St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

NBBC members, please come on down Sunday, December 2, at 1 PM in the Crystal Shed at NBBC’s Broadway Stages Boatyard for our 2018 Annual All-Member Meeting.

Lunch and beverages are on NBBC! Come down to hang out with other members, enjoy the woodstove, eat, drink, and be merry!

We will also reflect on an amazing 2018, discuss the future of the boatyard and boathouse, and look forward to new ideas and projects.

This is a great event if you would like to become more involved or want to share your ideas for ways NBBC can grow. Committee coordinators will be on hand to discuss the work they do and hear your ideas on ways to do even better.

We cherish the culture of volunteering at NBBC. Come be a part of the greatest experience $40 can buy: membership in YOUR community boat club.


Monstrous good times!

Sunday, December 2
1-3 PM
North Brooklyn Boat Club
51 Ash St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Community * Advocacy * Adventure * Paddling

Paddleface is on board

Paddleface is on board

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/