July 13: City of Water Day Paddling!


2018 City of Water Day at Brooklyn Bridge Beach. Photo by Erik Baard.

Come join HarborLAB on City of Water Day for FREE KAYAKING under the Brooklyn Bridge and at Gantry Plaza State Park on the fabulous LIC waterfront! City of Water Day is produced annually by Waterfront Alliance to introduce New Yorkers to the natural and industrial life of their waterways. This citywide festival was begun on a much smaller scale in 2007 as the Five Borough Harbor Ramble by HarborLAB founder Erik Baard.

To volunteer for any aspect of HarborLAB’s programming on City of Water Day, please apply here:


HarborLAB volunteers will paddle from LIC to the Brooklyn Bridge in the early morning to provide public paddling from 10AM to 1PM. Then we’ll serve as the safety crew for the wacky Con Ed Cardboard Kayak Race! After the race heats conclude, we’ll paddle back to Gantry Plaza State Park to provide public paddling from 5PM to 7PM. From there we’ll paddle back to base!

We provide boats, paddles, and life vests to public paddlers. No reservations, but please understand that we close our sign-up list at least 30 minutes before our program ends. We thank our sponsors for the support to make these programs possible, especially TF Cornerstone, NYC Ferry, New York Waterway, the Hudson River Foundation’s Newtown Creek Environmental Fund, and the community outreach effort of the Newtown Creek Group of potentially responsible parties at our local US EPA Superfund site. We also thank Waterfront Alliance for their partnership and re-granting of event funds.

A special thanks to Better Chinatown USA and Hunters Point Parks Conservancy volunteers for working shoulder-to-shoulder with us to provide these programs at Brooklyn Bridge Beach and Gantry Plaza State Park respectively.

Our shareable links with event location and information are here:

Brooklyn Bridge Beach

Gantry Plaza State Park

Please note that Facebook is not a means of volunteer registration.


Gantry Plaza State Park kayaking. Photo by Erik Baard.





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