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The Public Paddles Are Back for 2022!

The first North Brooklyn Community Boathouse Public Paddle is June 18, 2022!

And we hope to see you there!

As we are once more in exile from the boatyard, this community event will take place at Manhattan Avenue Street End Park, just one block away in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Public Paddles let 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, tasty beverages and snacks on hand, and friends and neighbors gathering together on the shores of Newtown Creek.

The event runs 12-4. We have only one of our 29′ Langley canoes available for this Public Paddle, so anticipate some time on land, meeting your neighbors and participating in the Community Reflection Station as we celebrate Juneteenth.

We ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please stay home if you are feeling ill. If you are worried you are sick and need help, please see NYC’s Covid Resources Guide here.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help out and learn more about NBCB, please use the “Register” button on the Calendar page.

Paddle instruction before hitting the water!

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!

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

The 2022 Season Draws Close to Our Shores

Hello, paddlers, Greenpointers, water people, community scientists, activists, neighbors, and friends!

A quick note to tell you that we are preparing to have a 2022 season as close to normal as is possible. Our landlord (who is planning on constructing a building that will contain our new boathouse) has said that construction was to start “soon,” but that was months ago, and there has been no further information from that quarter.

Therefore, we are planning on a season of Public Paddles, community involvement, and member trips starting up as soon as the water is warm enough!

Keep watching this space for updates on our Public Paddles schedule, member news, and word on environmental and community actions along our beloved shores.

We hope to see you soon — and on the water!

Community members paddling a 29-foot canoe at the mouth of Newtown Creek. Manhattan is visible in the distance.

The Juneteenth Public Paddle, 2021

A table covered with art supplies and a sign reading "Juneteenth Celebration Station"

The Community Reflection Station, Juneteenth Public Paddle, 2021

July 18 Public Paddle Postponed to August 1

July 18 Public Paddle postponed to August 1

Because of the heavy rains last night and the combined sewer overflow, we are postponing the Public Paddle to August 1.

On Sunday, August 1, come join us in sit-on-top kayaks to explore the waters of North Brooklyn and learn about their history and ecology.

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

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!

Our public paddles are child and pet friendly (kayaks have a height minimum of 4′ 10″ and no pets on board, although both children and pets are welcome in the boatyard!) Check our website in the morning in case of inclement weather.

¡La temporada 2021 arranca con un Pádel Público! Los Public Paddles son el corazón del North Brooklyn Community Boathouse, una oportunidad para mostrarle a la comunidad que las aguas nos pertenecen a todos y ayudar a nuestros amigos y vecinos a encontrar la misma alegría en el remo que todos conocemos.

Los viajes duran 30 minutos y utilizarán kayaks con capacidad para uno o dos personas. Hay un requisito de altura mínima de 4’10 ” para garantizar que el kayak se mantenga equilibrado. Sin minimos de talla para las canoas.

Las mascaras son necesarias si no esta vacunado.

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

Free Public Paddling! Viaje en kayaks y canoes gratis!

No experience needed!  ¡No se necesita experiencia!

Public Paddles are the heart of North Brooklyn Community Boathouse, a chance to show the community that the waters belong to all of us and to help our friends and neighbors find the same joy in paddling that we all know.

Trips are 30 minutes long. led by trained Trip Leaders and are either in big canoes (up to 12 paddlers!) or sit-on-top kayaks which seat 1 or 2 people.  For kayaks, there is a minimum height requirement of 4’10” in order to ensure the kayak will remain balanced. There is no size requirement for canoes. 

Only unvaccinated adults must wear masks (both in the boatyard and on water).

¡La temporada 2021 arranca con un Pádel Público! Los Public Paddles son el corazón del North Brooklyn Community Boathouse, una oportunidad para mostrarle a la comunidad que las aguas nos pertenecen a todos y ayudar a nuestros amigos y vecinos a encontrar la misma alegría en el remo que todos conocemos.

Los viajes duran 30 minutos y utilizarán kayaks con capacidad para uno o dos personas. Hay un requisito de altura mínima de 4’10 ” para garantizar que el kayak se mantenga equilibrado.  Sin minimos de talla para las canoes.  

Las mascaras son necesarias si no esta vacunado.

Public Paddle, June 1, 2019

We are also looking for volunteers! If you’re interested please email nbbckayaks@gmail.com and let us know if you can pitch in.

Para ser voluntario, por favor envíe un correo electrónico: nbbckayaks@gmail.com

No experience is necessary. We are looking for help with:

  • Setting up the event
  • Waivers, PFDs, and dock help
  • Greeting the public
  • End of event packing up

Hope to see you there!

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

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.

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