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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.

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 education@northbrooklynboatclub.org.

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!

Summer Solstice Benefit Party Canceled for Weather

It’s No Go

Friends, the weather is against us once again: because of impending and music-gear-wetting rain, we are going to have to cancel the NBBC Summer Solstice Benefit Party.

There’s still a chance to party with NBBC this summer! Look for our Rock the Pulaski benefit party in September! But for Saturday,

The glass is falling hour by hour, the glass will fall forever,
But if you break the bloody glass, you won’t hold up the weather.

See you soon!
Cormorant off the NBBC dock, 10/31/2016

Summer Solstice Benefit Party 2018!

Poster for NBBC Summer Solstice Benefit Party, July 21, 6 PM

The 2018 Summer Solstice Benefit Party is July 21!

Come and play the paddlin’ way! Celebrate summer at your community boat club with all the best things: good neighbors, good food, bands on the shipping containers, and sitting by the fire to watch the water go by!

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

6 PM till late
$5 admission
Food, drinks, music, fellowship, and fun
21+ to drink

Featuring music by:
The Reverse Engineers / RYAL / The Listeners / Eliza and the Organix

We can’t wait to see you there!