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The 2019 Public Paddles Are Here!

The 2019 Public Paddles are going on at Manhattan Avenue Street End Park!


At these free, informal paddles, North Brooklyn Boat Club welcomes walk-up participants to Manhattan Avenue Street End Park to join to 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. Using our new fleet of 29′ canoes, everyone on the paddle works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way.

Paddle instruction before hitting the water!

Heading west along the bulkhead

Heading west along the bulkhead

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Brooklyn neighbors to see the city the way we love to see it — from the water. In particular, we are proud to welcome other nonprofit community organizations to join us and relax from the hard work of making the world a little bit better.

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water, but the earlier you arrive the better your chance of going on a paddle. All our voyages are led by certified trip leaders and include some of the best views of the city. This is a great way to check out the neighborhood and get a chance to explore the local waterways. Paddling is free! And we serve beverages and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

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

  • Saturday, May 11, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, May 25, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, June 1, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, June 15, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, June 22, 12-4 PM

Public paddle, August 19, 2017


At MASE: Blue skies, full boats–can’t lose!

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 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

Join the Fight Against Local Overdevelopment

On the waters of NYC, you learn quickly that everything in the city is connected. We deal with the legacy of industrialism and unchecked development every day. We see the damage wrought by the pursuit of profits at any cost, and we know that only determined, careful, and vocal action by local communities can hope to check the partnership of capital and politics before every living space in the city is overwhelmed.

Klaus steers the Public Paddle

The population of the areas surrounding our home waters has grown dramatically in recent years, and there has been almost no effort to control this growth or make sure that infrastructure and services grow also or to prevent long-term residents’ being priced out of their homes and neighborhoods. Come out to Long Island City’s New York Irish Center on September 12 to TAKE BACK LIC from overdevelopment: