City of Water Day with HarborLAB!


City of Water Day in Lower Manhattan and LIC!

Fun fact: City of Water Day, produced by Waterfront Alliance, was founded as the Five Borough Harbor Ramble by volunteers who went on to found HarborLAB! We’re grateful to Waterfront Alliance for growing the event beyond what we originally imagined! In each year of HarborLAB’s existence we’ve provided a central program to the event, and this year we’re doing it in two locations, thanks to Better Chinatown USA, Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, and, of course, Waterfront Alliance.

HarborLAB will provide safety support to the Con Ed Cardboard Kayak Race and then two public paddling sessions. HarborLAB’s Seaport District public paddling with Better Chinatown USA in the Seaport District will run from 1PM-4PM (line closes at 340PM).  HarborLAB’s sunset public paddling with Hunters Point Parks Conservancy at Gantry Plaza State Park will run from 7PM-9PM (line closes at 840PM).

There are no reservations required to be a public participant. Just show up!

If you want to join our volunteer crew in making these community gifts possible, please register by 5PM on Wednesday, here:

Only by registering can you volunteer.

Here are the volunteer roles for the program:

Desk assistants: help people sign waivers and distribute environmental educational materials.
Life vest fitters: help ensure that people are wearing the right size life vest and that straps are pulled tight for a safe, snug fit.
Dock hands: help launch and land kayaks. This is more physically demanding and requires a bit of training.
Water safety: Requires experience with HarborLAB and/or Red Cross and other water safety certifications.

Many thanks to Waterfront Alliance for grants to help purchase safety equipment and cover other expenses, and to our regular sponsors.