Aug 21 & 22: Weekday Paddling!



Aug 21 & 22: Volunteers Needed for Gantry Plaza State Park “Partner Paddles” for Kids!

Come share the joy of the water with western Queens kids on Monday or Tuesday and have a ball! We need volunteers to work the dock, fit life vests, help newbies learn to paddle and stay safe, lift and carry boats, and more. Bonus: The waterfront is a great place to view the eclipse through a pinhole camera!

Aug 21 9AM-230PM for Hour Children
Aug 22 9AM-230PM for Minor Miracles

To help please email with the subject “Hour Children Paddle” or “Minor Miracles” paddle. Tell us a bit about your experience, abilities, and interests. Thanks!

This program will be led by American Canoe Association certified instructor Steven “Mr. Chuubie” Chu! Additional safety support provided by volunteers with pediatric and adult Red Cross certification in CPR/AED/First Aid/Safety Around Water/Basic Water Rescue.

Hour Children is dedicated to kids who were born in prison or whose mothers are in the criminal justice system and getting their lives on a better track. The organization also serves youth in NYCHA Ravenswood Houses and Queensbridge Houses and the surrounding community. More here:

Minor Miracles is deicated to fighting childhood obesity:

HarborLAB produces children’s programs directly with partners and someties through the Waterfront Alliance’s Harbor Camp referral program. At Gantry Plaza State Park, this is made possible by the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, our volunteers, and our sponsors — especially TF Cornerstone and Hudson River Foundation.

Participants all leave with with kids’ environmental literature published by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. HarborLAB believes strongly that beautiful experiential learning will inspire reading about related topics, especially in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects. After all, nature is the best teacher!


9AM: Volunteers gather at HarborLAB (53-21 Vernon Blvd)
920AM: Leave for Gantry.
930AM: Set up at Gantry (dock at the 50th Ave pier)
10AM: Safety talk and orientation.
1030-1PM: Paddling.
130PM: Conclude, pack. All adults help carry boats.
2PM: Leave park.
230PM: Finish at HarborLAB

Tides for Hunters Point, Newtown Creek

M 21 Low 3:33 AM -0.5 6:12 AM Rise 5:53 AM 1
21 High 9:58 AM 4.8 7:45 PM Set 7:50 PM
21 Low 3:43 PM -0.3
21 High 10:13 PM 5.3

Tu 22 Low 4:21 AM -0.5 6:13 AM Rise 7:01 AM 0
22 High 10:46 AM 4.9 7:43 PM Set 8:26 PM
22 Low 4:33 PM -0.3
22 High 11:00 PM 5.2