Summer 2022 memories…So far!

HarborLAB’s volunteers and students have had a wonderful time introducing public paddlers to New York City’s estuary system this summer. As we look ahead to August through October, here’s a slideshow gallery of some sweet recent moments in Little Bay Park, Randall’s Island Park, Idlewild Park, MacNeil Park, Newtown Creek and Gantry Plaza State Park. Such a wide area of service was made possible by our innovative program, The WAEV (Water Access Electric Vehicles). The WAEV consists of two Nissan LEAF EVs stuffed with Sea Eagle 385ft Fast Track tandem inflatable kayaks, eliminating the need for unsafe and polluting trucks and trailers on our congested city streets and in neighborhoods already impacted by environmental injustice.

We hope you join us for the balance of the season! A huge thanks to our sponsors and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development for helping to make this all possible!

July 16 Gantry Paddle for City of Water Day!

Come celebrate City of Water Day with HarborLAB by enjoying free kayaking in Gantry Plaza State Park! The kayak dock is at the west end of 50th Avenue in LIC.

July 16, 11am-2pm.
Gantry Plaza State Park
LIC, NY 11101

We provide boats, paddles and life vests for 15-minute estuary and paddling introductions within a demarcated zone of the park’s southern cove. Feel free to save time by filling out our waiver at home, but don’t sign until you’re on site.

We have $20/hr stipends available for students and recent graduates. Students and volunteer registration/application is here:

Thanks for Supporting The WAEV!

Huge thanks to the Simeon & Jean H. Locke Foundation for supporting The WAEV (Water Access Electric Vehicles), HarborLAB’s innovative mobile boathouse. Thanks to the foundation we paid off one of our two Nissan LEAFs. Each EV carries enough tandem kayaks and gear for an education and stewardship program or an educational tour, and both can handle our largest community paddles in Gantry Plaza State Park!

If you’d like to support HarborLAB with a tax-deductible donation of any size, please do so through our convenient fundraising portal or contact Thanks!

Wonderful Gantry Weekend!

Video by Steven Chu

HarborLAB hosted two paddles over the pst weekend, to celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth and to honor contributions made by LGBTQ+ and African American leaders in environmentalism. We also recognize the injustices that still afflict these communities in terms of pollution and equal access to environmental STEM education and careers. The pace at Gantry Plaza State Park in LIC was mellow given the cooler temperatures, allowing all to enjoy a relaxed time afloat and ashore.

Great thanks to volunteers and students Yemi Abioye, James Barkley, Phillip Borbon, Steven Chu, Azamat Davlyatov, Elsie Perez-Ingabire, Ira Gershenhorn, David Lam, Laura Picallo, Scott Wolpow and to Gantry Plaza State Park Manager Kevin Selig and his colleagues for making it all happen!