The MO Spotlight: North Brooklyn Boat Club

by Heather Van De Mark on

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Have you ever wanted to get involved with the North Brooklyn Boat Club? Now is a great opportunity to do just that as they’re having their Open Spring Meeting tonight! Join them at 8:00pm at Brooklyn Rod & Gun, 59 Kent Avenue.

North Brooklyn Boat Club

© North Brooklyn Boat Club.

Who is North Brooklyn Boat Club
NBBC is an open, volunteer-run organization consisting of “kayakers, canoers, sailors, environmentalists, boatbuilders, community leaders and activists” and most importantly, your neighbors. They welcome all newcomers who have an interest in “boating, open space, environmental education, and nautical recreation” to join them at one of their public events.

What is North Brooklyn Boat Club
They are an advocacy and action organization dedicated to “human-powered boating on and environmental restoration of the waterways around Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn” since 2010. Learn more about them on the North Brooklyn Boat Club website, on their Facebook page or follow NorthBKBoatClub on Twitter for the latest news.

When is North Brooklyn Boat Club
Over the years, NBBC has held numerous events on and off the water, such as morning and ladies group paddles, kayaking trips, introductory-level classes, international events, trash clean-up days, CPR and 1st aid training, environmental advocacy meetings and more. Their calendar for April 2013 is filling up. View the NBBC calendar or join their e-mail list and get weekly events sent directly to your inbox.

You can also stop in at the interim site (see Where is NBBC) during their open house hours: Wednesday from 6pm-9pm and Saturdays 12pm-8pm.

Where is North Brooklyn Boat Club
49 Ash Street at McGuinness Blvd, Brooklyn, NY: look for the chain-linked gates with a small yellow sign inside. Thanks to the generosity of Broadway Stages, NBBC currently uses an interim site for their community programming called the Broadway Stages Boatyard. “This beautiful strip of land, connecting Ash Street on the Southern entrance with private access to Newtown Creek on the North, serves as our temporary home complete with boat and equipment storage, and space to run public events and environmental remediation projects, a soon to be constructed environmental ‘Ed Shed’ to host visiting classes, and planned boat building workshops.”

The NBBC has also proposed a permanent location for a Greenpoint Boathouse and Environmental Education Center as part of proposal “submitted in 2010 to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Mitigation Fund being administered by the City Parks Foundation (CPF).” Learn more about this proposal in the GWAPP post, A Dream On Its Way to Reality: The Greenpoint Boathouse & Environmental Education Center, and on the NBBC site, Greenpoint Boathouse Proposal.

Why North Brooklyn Boat Club
You may have seen or heard about NBBC in the news a lot recently due to their harbor seal and dolphin encounters in the East River over the past two weeks. Those were remarkable occurrences that captured the attention of many New Yorkers, and hopefully they will help bring and keep attention on the numerous issues that the East River and Newtown Creek waterways face. NBBC has numerous ongoing projects that help better the community, including: water quality testing, gardening and composting, boat building and restoration, and mycoremediation to help break down petrochemicals in the waters of Newtown Creek. View a full list of NBBC projects here.

For More Information
Contact North Brooklyn Boat Club directly at NorthBrooklynBoatClub [at] gmail [dot] com.

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© North Brooklyn Boat Club.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.