NYC Paddle

Lady Liberty at sunrise

Heading to the Verrazano Narrows

Giant container barges, ferries, tugboats and even a Carnival cruise ship pass through the "Narrows."

The requisite hot dog on Coney Island

Bill leaving the beach

Old sugar refinery in the Eerie Basin, a "graveyard" of old boats and dry docks.

The masts of a sunken lightship

The tugboat captains looked out for us. This one called down that he'd be bringing in a barge.


Hudson River Watertrails Association
Paddling with a local, especially if it’s your first time in NYC waters, is highly recommended. This non-profit sponsors outings all along the Hudson.

NYC Kayaker email list
An online bulletin board for the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut kayak community. Serves as a clearing house for trip postings and reports, gear discussions and meaningless, but fun, kayak banter. If you’re thinking about a trip in or around NYC, give them a call-out. Chances are someone has either done it or knows someone who did.

NYC Downtown Boathouse
Boat rentals, launching and workshops provided free by an all-volunteer staff. The Boathouse is the preferred launching point for many NYC kayak adventures and a great place to learn about the local waters. There are three locations: Pier 26 between Chambers Street and Canal Street, on the Hudson River; Pier 66A, on the Hudson, at the end of 26th Street; At 72nd Street. Daily Status Line: (646) 613-0740.

Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
A Brooklyn-based volunteer organization that runs programs on the shoreline neighborhoods of Gowanus, Red Hook and DUMBO. The purpose of the organization is to promote awareness of harbor pollution with a focus on the Gowanus Canal, historically an area of heavy industry. Programs include walk-up canoeing on public event days, canoeing tours of the canal by appointment, bike tours and oyster gardening; all for free. The history of Brooklyn's waterfront is fascinating from both the visual and historical perspectives. Gowanus Dredgers and an affiliated effort, the Waterfront Museum, help make it come alive.

Eastern Mountain Sports
Store location on Broadway between Prince and Houston. Staff is knowledgeable about paddling and local waters.