Correction August 17, 2023: An earlier version of this article mentioned a detail about a new hotel that New York YIMBY reported was a part of the facility. A hotel was initially planned, but scrapped during the permit process.

New York City and kayaking might not automatically go hand in hand, but Greenpoint has a fairly active nautically-minded community, thanks to the good folks at North Brooklyn Community Boathouse. The non-profit has offered free public paddles and other waterfront events, specifically focusing on keeping our local waterways environmentally sound. 

And they’ll soon have even more space and capabilities to keep their mission afloat (pun intended). New York YIMBY reports that the new boathouse building at 51 Ash Street has topped out. 

The new building was designed by Jeffrey Kamen Architect and will feature boathouse facilities on the bottom floors and office space on top.

“With funding from a grant from the New York State DEC through the Newtown Creek Environmental Fund and constructed by and on the same land owned by Broadway Stages, NBCB will soon own a multi-level community boathouse on the Newtown Creek and will be able to offer paddling, environmental education and nautical crafts programs year-round in a state-of-the-art facility.” 

NBCB website.

And if this news has piqued your interest, then you’re in luck because the group’s next public paddle will take place this Saturday, August 19.


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