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City of Water Day: In Your Neighborhood 2021


 

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In Your Neighborhood events are independently produced by the many wonderful, diverse civic organizations and public agencies that steward our waterfront and waterways. Extreme weather or any other unforeseen circumstances may result in an event being postponed or cancelled. Please make sure to check each organization’s website for more information.

 

Join Us on the Water Saturday July 10th!
Now in its 14th year, City of Water Day is a free day-long celebration of the waters that surround us. The festival attracts more than 25,000 participants to enjoy our waterways, raise awareness about the risk we all face from sea level rise and climate change, and champion a resilient New York and New Jersey Harbor.

As we continue to live with COVID-19, this year’s City of Water Day will look different than previous years, but with the same goals to educate and inspire. The event will include two primary components to allow for safe and socially distant activities:

  • The Art at the BlueLine exhibition in the Seaport District, will explore the BlueLine—the future high tide line—to collectively highlight the risk we all face from sea level rise and coastal storms. Extraordinary climate artists will provide a unique perspective on climate issues and sea level rise through the lens of artistic expression.
  • Dozens of organizations will be hosting In Your Neighborhood events at their local waterfronts. From free kayaking to rowing to hands-on workshops, In Your Neighborhood events offer throughout our region’s 1600 miles of coastline! Be sure to check out our map to see all of the In Your Neighborhood events taking place throughout the region.

Be a part of it! Join Waterfront Alliance, NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program and community organizations from all five boroughs, Westchester and Rockland County, and New Jersey that will make July 10 2021 City of Water Day by signing up to host free safe or virtual community programs on and about local waterfronts.

Billion Oyster Project Shellabration
Billion Oyster Project
Celebrate City of Water Day with the Billion Oyster Project as they host in person tabling for all ages! Participants will be able to see live oysters, mini structures, learn about Billion Oyster Project programs and how they can get involved. This event is in participation with JBRPC.
Bayswater Point State Park, Domino Park, and Governors Island
http://billionoysterproject.org
Ke Aloha Outrigger at Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse
All are welcome to join the Ke Aloha Outrigger’s City of Water Day event with a beach and shore cleanup of Hoboken Cove and Maxwell Place Park! Bags and cleanup equipment will be provided, just be sure to wear sturdy shoes for the rocky areas and remember to wear your mask and bring some water for hydration. The cleanup will occur at the current low tide mark. As part of this event, Ke Aloha Outrigger will highlight the BlueLine which brings awareness to the expected sea level rise of 6 feet by the year 2100 unless drastic changes are made to minimize the man-made consequences leading to climate change. Following the beach cleanup, kayaking and outrigger trips will be open to all people 18 years old and up and that are able to swim. Gear will be provided.
Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse, Sinatra Drive N, Hoboken, NJ 07030
http://kealohaoutrigger.org/index.html
Living With Water
Aesthetic Soul Community, Inc.
Aesthetic Soul Community, Inc. will host an in-person walk and exploration of the water surrounding Red Hook including a family fun socially distanced examination of Valentino Pier! Activities are geared towards families with young children in pre-school as well as school-aged children who are too young for summer camp and summer school. Masks, sanitizers, water and snacks will be provided along with COVID social distancing tools and resources to make sure all are a safe distance apart. In addition, adult chaperones will help keep an eye on younger explorers. Aesthetic Soul Community, Inc. will reconnect virtually to share an art project reflecting the day and discussion. This event is in partnership with Red Hook Initiative, Red Hook Art Project, Alex House Project, and Red Hook MAP Team.
We will utilize Zoom for virtual programming and record the sessions to be uploaded to the website.
Coffey Park, Brooklyn, NY 11231
http://facebook.com/AestheticSoulCommunity
Summer on the Hudson Play Date
Summer on the Hudson
Join Summer on the Hudson for a family-oriented City of Water Day event including grab and go art kits for kids, a STEM program by Mad Science of NYC, and an Billion Oyster Project educational workshop on the USS Baylander!
W 125th St & Marginal St, New York, NY 10027
http://nyc.gov/parks/soh
Jamaica Bay Festival
Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy
Come celebrate City of Water Day with Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy as they provide a fun, family festival taking place in Brooklyn and Queens! This festival event celebrates those who share their vision of championing the spirit of the Jamaica Bay community and the unparalleled opportunities and natural beauty that this urban tidal estuary provides. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy free kayaking, fishing, surfing, hiking, bird watching, art, nature and more! Activities will be in-person and virtual, any in-person events will comply with all COVID-19 recommended health and safety protocols and procedures. This event is in partnership with the National Park Service, New York City Parks, Local State and City Elected Officials, Community Civic Associations, and Local Business Alliances. Visit the festival page for updated information at https://www.jbrpc.org/jamaica-bay-festival
The virtual events and social media activities will use the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, Google, Twitter, YouTube and our website.
www.jbrpc.org / @JBRPConservancy / @jbrpc
11404 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, NY 11694
http://jbrpc.org/
The Arthur Kill Blueway – A Living Ecosystem
Future City Inc.
Join Future City Inc. as they offer a virtual event this City of Water Day! An informative and educational video will be shown to viewers introducing the importance of Marine Life Advisories within The Arthur Kill Blueway, a vital environmental and economic channel. The Blueway has always been economically significant to this region and the world as it is a living ecosystem that is also an internationally important Federal Marine Highway connecting Newark Bay with shipping lanes for the Port of Newark, Elizabeth Port, and Howland Hook. Future City Inc. will demonstrate the impact of climate change, land use, and family quality of life through the lens of the Arthur Kill Blueway. This information will seek to inform all City of Water Day participants not only on the importance of the Arthur Kill Blueway, but to also motivate them to help support and maintain a more sustainable, resilient, and healthy marine ecosystem and catch/release practice.
We will produce a presentation that will be in the format that the City of Water is using to share the event. Our educational video will be uploaded to YouTube. The City of Water link will be posted on our social media accounts as well as shared with the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program so that the audience can have access to it.
Future City Inc., 1045 East Jersey Street. Suite 204, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
http://futurecityinc.org
Bird Walk at the Hawk Rise Sanctuary
Rahway River Watershed Association
Come join Rahway River Watershed Association this City of Water Day as they hold an in-person, guided walk to observe the birds along the Rahway River!
Hawk Rise Sanctuary, 1811 Lower Rd, Linden, NJ 07036
http://rahwayriver.org
COW @ Sherman Creek River Cleanup Fest 2021
Friends of Sherman Creek Conservancy Inc.
Celebrate City of Water Day with Friends of Sherman Creek Conservancy Inc. as they host a community cleanup event! A day of volunteerism and activism begins with a general cleanup of the Sherman Creek Park upland along the Harlem River shoreline followed by beautification activities such as mulching local street trees and planting native flowers. Participants will also have the opportunity to join in on a variety of environmental education opportunities ranging from citizen science oyster and water quality monitoring demos to tabling events featuring local CBOs showcasing materials ranging from safe boating to small scale habitat living shoreline restoration! This event is in partnership with the International School for Liberal Arts HS and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 05-11 Washington Heights.
351 W 205th St, New York, NY 10034
https://friendsofshermancreekconservancy.webs.com/
The Arthur Kill Blueway – A Living Ecosystem
Future City Inc.
Join Future City Inc. as they offer a virtual event this City of Water Day! An informative and educational video will be shown to viewers introducing the importance of Marine Life Advisories within The Arthur Kill Blueway, a vital environmental and economic channel. The Blueway has always been economically significant to this region and the world as it is a living ecosystem that is also an internationally important Federal Marine Highway connecting Newark Bay with shipping lanes for the Port of Newark, Elizabeth Port, and Howland Hook. Future City Inc. will demonstrate the impact of climate change, land use, and family quality of life through the lens of the Arthur Kill Blueway. This information will seek to inform all City of Water Day participants not only on the importance of the Arthur Kill Blueway, but to also motivate them to help support and maintain a more sustainable, resilient, and healthy marine ecosystem and catch/release practice.
Future City Inc., 1045 East Jersey Street. Suite 204, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
http://futurecityinc.org
Hurricane Sandy’s First Victim: The Old Orchard Light
National Lighthouse Museum
For City of Water Day 2021, The National Lighthouse Museum is planning an outdoor tabling event to educate the public on the story of the Old Orchard Light, severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. This community education project is the first step in a broader effort to reclaim remains from the wreck of the Old Orchard Light, incorporating them into a permanent memorial designed by the local community in a way that will keep the light for those lost in this historic storm surge in New York Harbor. This historic preservation effort will also raise awareness around climate change and sea level rise, as it encourages reflection on these environmental issues and their connection to resilience along our local waterfront. This event is in partnership with the Climate Change Museum.
National Lighthouse Museum, 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island NY 10301
http://lighthousemuseum.org
Gardenship Celebrates City of Water Day at Kearny Point
Kearny Point Gardenship Inc.
Join Kearny Point Gardenship Inc. this City of Water Day as they expand their mural from last year’s City of Water Day! Event participants will also enjoy an oral history/poetry piece set up on the waterfront and a short walking tour of the Hackensack River front. Mural onlookers will see a collaborative dance/performance piece set just in front of the mural while it’s in process. All NJ COVID guidelines for in person events will be adhered to and day activities will take place outside. The Gardenship will broadcast the days events and activities on their Instagram and invite participation through the platform. This event is in partnership with Kearny Point, Hugo Neu, Index Art Center, Hackensack Brewing Co., Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, and Hackensack River Keeper.
Instagram / Facebook
Gardenship, 205 Campus Dr Building 44C, Kearny, NJ 07032,
http://gardenship.art
Gowanus Watermark Tour
The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
Celebrate City of Water Day with the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club as they lead a shoreline walk to explore and understand the extent of Superstorm Sandy’s flooding around the Gowanus Canal and reflect on the past and future flows of water in the neighborhood. The tour will run rain or shine. Interested participants should meet outside Mirror In the Woods, 575 Union St., 2 blocks from R Union St subway station.
575 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States
http://gowanuscanal.org
Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk
The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
The Gowanus Art Walk will include a stroll along the Gowanus shoreline and streets to view the quirky art and athletic scene. Conversation on the walk will discuss what new buildings are planned and if / how resiliency will be addressed. One of the stops will be to view art on display in a “raw space” designed to flood but is an active and vibrant shoreline amenity during dry times.Gowanus has additional athletic options after the walk, including free canoeing, rock climbing, archery, fencing, shuffleboard and even axe throwing for all to enjoy. Meet at Gowanus Corner Cafe, 400 4th Ave.
400 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
http://gowanuscanal.org/
Gowanus Oysters Health Check
The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
Join the The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club this City of Water Day in their effort to restore a sustainable oyster population and foster awareness, affinity, and understanding of the harbor and urban waterways! Event participants will be checking oyster size, health and growth of a colony of oysters at the Gowanus Canal as well as discovering additional marine creatures such as shrimp! Volunteers are welcome to watch or join in this activity that supports a larger effort of a harbor-wide oyster restoration program. Rebuilding oyster reefs provides benefits such as ecosystem enhancement, an increase in marine biodiversity since oyster reefs offer shelter for marine creatures, and helps to mitigate floods by creating friction between waves and the sea floor, serving as a natural breakwater.
165 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States
http://gowanuscanal.org/
Seining and Waterfront Discussion (Volunteers Only)
Celebrate City of Water Day with the Center for the Urban River at Beczak where they will host an on-site seining session with members of their eel and water quality monitoring teams! These are various community members who have been working on the eel and water quality projects during the last few months and are well-trained in COVID safety protocols. In addition to seining, there will be discussions convering the water quality monitoring and eel migration projects and how they tie into various concerns like water pollution, climate change, and sea level rise. It will be an opportunity for all to learn more about the various river research taking place in Yonkers and the Hudson Valley. (This will be a closed event for volunteers already working with CURB)
Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander St. Yonkers, NY
http://centerfortheurbanriver.org
Just Gowanus: An Interactive Performance Tour
Artichoke Dance Company
Join Artichoke Dance Company as they offer a combined informational walking tour of Gowanus, Brooklyn with interactive experiences and performances produced by their company for the City of Water Day! Both the Gowanus Canal and Gowanus neighborhood have historically faced environmental challenges due to decades of industrial pollution. Artichoke’s Just Gowanus event brings audiences to locations that are significant to the remediation of the canal, rezoning, and other sustainability initiatives in the area. Interactive experiences engage tour goers in activism and visioning, and performances reflect on the area’s complex history and contentious future. This event is in partnership with Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Gowanus Dredgers, Van Allen Institute, Open Culture NYC, and Friends of Thomas Greene Park.
2 2nd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232
http://artichokedance.org/
City of Water Day at the Hoboken Waterfront
Fund for a Better Waterfront
Celebrate City of Water Day with Fund for a Better Waterfront as they work with local organizations and the City of Hoboken to encourage the community to get outside and enjoy the public waterfront with activities that promote waterfront access for all and develop a connection and commitment to the Hudson River! This event will include free kayaking, paddle boarding and citizen science workshops at the Hoboken Cove, free fishing lessons at Castle Point fishing pier, free tours of the Hoboken waterfront, as well as a “Walk the Waterfront – the Final Stretch” tour that highlights the waterfront’s history and the work of local citizens to create a fully connected park along the full length of Hoboken’s Hudson River Shoreline. This event is in partnership with Resilience Paddle Sports, Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse and the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association.
11TH Sinatra Dr N, Hoboken, NJ 07030
http://betterwaterfront.org
Arts, Culture, & Fun: Community Shorebird Mural
NYC Parks
Join NYC Parks as they work alongside artists from The Art Students League this City of Water Day! Event participants will work together to create a temporary chalk art mural with themes highlighting endangered shorebirds nesting in the area and the impacts of habitat loss through human development or global sea rise. This program is open to all ages and abilities, and all art supplies will be provided! Bringing a towel or blanket to sit or kneel on is recommended since the artwork will be created on the ground. Upon the date of the program, participants should adhere to current NYC Parks programming health guidelines, which may ask event goers to wear masks and maintain social distance. This event is in partnership with The Art Students League.
Rockaway Beach Boardwalk & Beach 17th St, Queens, NY 11691
http://nyc.gov/parks
520 mile “You are here” Coney Island
Coney Island Beautification Project, Inc.
Celebrate City of Water Day with Coney Island Beautification Project, Inc. as they demonstrate how the Coney Island peninsula connects with the 520 miles of regional shoreline, all while remaining socially distanced. Unlike the surprise of Super Storm Sandy, the residents of southern Brooklyn will not be caught off guard by the shock of sea level rise! This event is in partnership with Waterfront Alliance, New York & New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, US Environmental Protection Agency, NY Aquarium, Climate change allies, New Yorkers for Parks, and RISC.
Facebook Live
Kaiser Park near Coney Island Creek, Brooklyn, NY 11224, United States
http://facebook.com/cibproject/
Community Rowing & Birding
Rocking the Boat
For this year’s City of Water Day, Rocking the Boat will bring community residents out on the Bronx River to learn about its history and ecological importance, and celebrate community-led efforts to clean up the river and provide an accessible river front for all South Bronx residents. Activities will highlight the importance of parks and greenspaces in advancing equitable access to our city’s waterfront and center the work of the community in restoring and maintaining the ecological integrity of the Bronx River and the larger watershed. Rocking the Boat will welcome community members to get out on the water in rowboats and learn about the history and ecology of the Bronx River.
While waiting to row, participants will engage in a family-friendly Bronx River Clean-Up Scavenger Hunt that challenges them to find examples of human impacts on and around the waterfront. Children will be given a page listing objects to find such as trash and pilings; crayons to draw (and therefore not pick!) flowers and color bird images; and gardening gloves and pails to clean up litter.Education stations will also teach community members about local bird species and the positive and negative impacts humans have on their health and wellbeing.
Hunts Point Riverside Park, 1409 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474
http://rockingtheboat.org
Meet the Dutch Kills Loop – Community Resilience through Adaptive Infrastructure Reuse
Newtown Creek Alliance
Join the Newtown Creek Alliance this City of Water Day as they invite the public to the Dutch Kills Loop project – a proposed plan to transform a decommissioned rail line and adjacent public and private interconnected spaces into a reimaged ecological and open space asset surrounding the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek. Educational programming will include informational and educational opportunities to learn about the complex problems the project seeks to address, including the local vulnerabilities resulting from increasing flood risk and the urban heat island effect, and how members of the general public can get involved. Participants will also take direct action to improve the health of the waterway, including a Right of Way clean-up and care of vegetated areas in the vicinity of the Loop. The activities will be entirely outdoors and participants are encouraged to bring water and sun protection. This event is in partnership with the Dutch Kills Loop coalition, La Guardia Community College, and the surrounding businesses and business supporting entities like the LIC Partnership.
47th Ave & 29th St, Queens, NY 11101
http://newtowncreekalliance.org
Paterson Neighborhoods Celebrate City of Water Day
Passaic River Coalition
Celebrate City of Water Day with the Passaic River Coalition as they host a Passaic River clean-up in Paterson, NJ to help grow and nurture environmental awareness of how the river affects neighborhoods and how to safely enjoy our natural resources even in urban areas. Trash removal will take place along the riverbanks of the Passaic located above the Falls, starting behind the high school and crossing along McBride Avenue. At the starting location, involved partners will have a tabling event for all ages showcasing educational information and demonstrations about Adopt A Catch Basin, Stormwater and Green Infrastructure, and CSOs. Gloves and trash pickers will be provided for the clean-up. This event is from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m and is intended for families, seniors, and kids from Paterson and the neighbors in proximity to the Passaic Riverfront. This event is in participation with Paterson Green team, Sewage Free Streets and Rivers, Environmental Commission and Special Events Coordinator of Paterson, NJDEP Fish and Wildlife, Silk City Anglers, NJ Community Development Corporation, and Paterson Firefighters.
61-127 Preakness Ave, Paterson, NJ 07522
http://passaicriver.org
City of Water Day 2021: Stewardship in East River Park
Lower East Side Ecology Center
The Lower East Side Ecology Center will empower and educate residents of the LES to care for their local waterfront during City of Water Day 2021 with two events in East River Park: a cove clean-up and an educational fishing clinic! Both events will be free and open to the public, though advance registration will be required. The two events take place outdoors and are capped at 25 participants each to ensure that participants can physically distance themselves. This event is in participation with the East River Alliance.
East River Park Fire Boat House, Manhattan, NY 10002
http://lesecologycenter.org
Beneath the Surface: An Exploration of Community, Climate Change, and the Hudson River
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Celebrate this City of Water Day with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater! For 50 years, Clearwater has had 500,000 people cross her decks, often for their first opportunity to engage with the Hudson River. For the first time ever this COW day, Clearwater will bring the river to the residents of West Harlem, offering drop-in educational activities, including directly engaging with Hudson River fish! Through the immersive environmental education programs, community members will build an authentic connection to the ecosystem and emerge lifelong stewards of the river. This event will take place in West Harlem Waterfront Park. Masks are required when engaging with Clearwater staff and materials will be sanitized in between uses. This event is in participation with WEACT for Environmental Justice.
West Harlem Piers, Marginal St. & W 132nd St, New York, NY 10027
http://clearwater.org
GSWA City of Water Day River Clean Up
Great Swamp Watershed Association
For this year’s City of Water Day, Great Swamp Watershed Association will be organizing community river clean-ups from 10am to 12pm at 4 different locations! Participants will be directed by staff to an area of the Passaic River or one of its tributaries to help with clean up efforts. Each group will be provided gloves, bags, and garbage pickers as well as a tally sheet to count the number of single use plastic items they collect in order to help community members see the impact single use plastics have on our water ways. This event is in participation with Chatham Environmental Commission.
We will be hosting at four locations: Chatham, Berkeley Heights, Livingston, and Morristown. (We are waiting on conformation from parks departments to finalize information. We will update ASAP.)
http://greatswamp.org
Arts & Crafts by the River at Roberto Clemente State Park
Roberto Clemente State Park
Join Roberto Clemente State Park’s this City of Water Day as they host tours along the esplanade, conduct water sampling and testing by their environmental team, and provide access to arts & crafts! This event is open to all patrons of the park.
Roberto Clemente State Park, 301 West Tremont Avenue, Bronx NY 10453
http://parks.ny.gov/parks/robertoclemente/details.asp
Eco-Explorers
Montclair State University/Americorps
For this year’s City of Water Day Montclair State University/Americorps will provide an engaging tabling event using visual and tactile aids in order for attendees of all ages to gain an appreciation of biotic and abiotic aspects of Hudson River! Preserved biotic specimens will be displayed and hosts (trained in environmental education) will engage attendees in discussion of pollution sources and types, water cycling, etc. Social distancing will be maintained and tactile items will be sanitized in-between interactions. This event is in participation with Hoboken Cove Community Boat House and the New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology.
Hoboken Cove Community Boat House, Frank Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030
http://montclair.edu/water-science/eco-explorers
City of Water Day – Kayaking on the Raritan River
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
Celebrate City of Water Day with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program as they host a variety of activities targeted towards Perth Amboy residents from ages 16 and up! Participants will be educated on the basic structure of a combined sewer system and a brief description of Perth Amboy’s system will be presented as well. Kayaking and water sampling (fecal coliforms) will also be available with an explaination to be given to attendees of why the water may be cleaner or dirtier on that given day due to the outfall at the end of Second Street. Kayaks will be available to use for a designated amount of time and water sampling participants will use two kits to collect 20 samples from either the shoreline or while they are kayaking. The participants who collect the samples will be emailed a description of the results when they are determined. Brochures describing CSOs and green infrastructure and an email sign-up will be provided for people to join Perth Amboy SWIM or the Perth Amboy Green Team to stay engaged on this matter. This event is in participation with City of Perth Amboy, Perth Amboy Green Team, and Perth Amboy SWIM.
40.50035, -74.27699
http://water.rutgers.edu
Maritime Library Opening
Tideland Institute
Celebrate City of Water Day with the Tideland Institute as they launch their floating maritime library! Day tours of their collection and timed research periods will be open to the public.
1205 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
http://tidesin.org
Elizabethport Awareness Day
Groundwork Elizabeth
Celebrate this City of Water Day with Groundwork Elizabeth as they host a clean-up along vistas of the Arthur Kill, demonstrate access to the harbor via the Elizabethport Marina, and hold an informative and educational tabling event! They will share information about the local waterways to help build excitement and awareness with particpants and to showcase how the Elizabeth River and Arthur Kill are a vast, untapped, precious resource that help promote a healthy community by providing transportation, recreation, and aquatic open spaces. All activities will be led by the Youth Initiatives Team and staff and volunteers from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Dedicated to pursuing a future in which everyone’s neighborhood environment is green, healthy and resilient, while undoing legacies of poverty and racial discrimination, and breaking the trend of widening disparity between communities that are enjoying a renaissance and communities that are experiencing disinvestment, neglect, and deepening poverty, Groundwork Elizabeth is mindful of the need to include all sectors in our community, including those customarily excluded from important dialogues. This event is in participation with the City of Elizabeth and the Elizabeth Development Company.
We will be offering a pre-event survey which will help build excitement for the event.
Elizabeth Marina, 71 Front Street, Elizabeth, NJ
http://groundworkelizabeth.org
Brooklyn Waterfront Resiliency Ride
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Join the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative this City of Water Day with a guided bike ride for up to 20 people exploring the Brooklyn Waterfront from Vinegar Hill down to Red Hook and over to the Gowanus Canal! This group will be led along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and discuss how climate change and rising sea levels could impact Brooklyn, what resiliency steps we can take, and how to put environmental justice and equity at the center of the work. This event is in partnership with the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club.
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
http://brooklyngreenway.org
Explore the REAL NJ Meadowlands – by Boat!
Hackensack Riverkeeper
Celebrate City of Water Day with Hackensack Riverkeeper! Captain Hugh Carola will conduct four mini-Eco-Cruises aboard one of Hackensack Riverkeeper’s specially-rigged pontoon boats to introduce first-time “crewmembers” to the REAL Meadowlands and its wildlife habitats. Each fully narrated 45-minute trip will be an exploration of one of the NY/NJ Metropolitan area’s most important natural resources – and one that was literally saved from destruction through the advocacy of people who cared. The focus of the program is the 1000-acre Sawmill Creek Marsh, recognized by many as “The Jewel of the Meadowlands”. This event is in participation with the Hudson County Department of Parks.
36 Laurel Hill Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-water-day-with-hackensack-riverkeeper-inc-tickets-162091101849
Friends of Bushwick Parks celebrate City of Water Day w CPF Coastal Classrooms
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park
Celebrate City of Water Day with the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park as they host a community discovery and exploration of Bushwick Inlet Park’s riparian shoreline! From 10am – 1pm educators from CPF Coastal Classrooms will lead program seining at the cove near Hurricane Point and help identify the organisms collected in the net. Staff will lead the seining demo and members of the public are invited to participate one at a time after signing a waiver and with a staff member in the water at all times. Specimens collected will be exhibited in-hand or in observation tubs. Binoculars and other tools for observing the nature at the shoreline of Bushwick Inlet Park will be provided. This event is in participation with the City Parks Foundation Coastal Classrooms at Bushwick Inlet Park, Partnership for Parks, and the NYC Parks Department.
Hurricane Point, East River, NY 10009
http://bushwickinletpark.org
Wavertree Open Days and Bowne Printers Demonstrations
South Street Seaport Museum
Celebrate City of Water Day with South Street Seaport Museum as they open their permanently-moored 1885 tall ship Wavertree to the public for FREE, from 11am-5pm! Visits will be self-guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain and ship officers, to the cooks and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can take in the massive main cargo area. At Bowne Print Shop on Water Street, participants can watch demonstrations of 19th century letterpress printing, an important part of the Port economy.
Pier 16, 167 John St, New York, NY 10038
http://seaportmuseum.org
Billion Oyster Project Shellabration
Billion Oyster Project
Celebrate City of Water Day with the Billion Oyster Project as they host in person tabling for all ages! Participants will be able to see live oysters, mini structures, learn about Billion Oyster Project programs and how they can get involved. This event is in participation with JBRPC.
Bayswater Point State Park, Domino Park, Governors Island
http://billionoysterproject.org
(RESCHEDULED: Saturday July 17th 1-4 PM) City of Water Day Paddles!
HarborLAB
This event has been rescheduled to July 17th, from 1-4 PM. For this City of Water Day, HarborLAB is providing free kayaking! Participants will be introduced to our great estuary with sea level rise awareness building being one of the main focuses. This event is in participation with Better Chinatown USA, Smith Houses residents, USCG Aux Lower Manhattan Flotilla 05-03, Sea Scouts, Queens Borough President’s office, NYC Service, and NYCEDC.
Livestreaming the events
Brooklyn Bridge Beach and Gantry Plaza State Park
http://harborlab.org
Waterfront: Access & Divide
Staten Island Urban Center, Inc.
Celebrate City of Water Day with Staten Island Urban Center, Inc. as they exhibit their interactive project Waterfront: Access and Divide, Day of Art at Tompkinsville Park! The project will illustrate the local waterfront hopes, visions, and community access juxtaposed against the divides and challenges seen in the underdeveloped northern shore. At the Day of Art event, a variety of community participants and multigenerational artists will be invited to create art and therefore leave their footprint in the making of an even larger mixed media participatory art piece that will be woven together through photography and collage. The resulting large photography silk canvases, extraordinary in shape and size, will be displayed like a giant ribbon in the park and culminate into a commentary about the waterfront and act as a voice for the experience of living in a waterfront community that has yet to be developed. This event is in participation with Friends of Tompkinsville Park, Staten Island Urban Center, ETG Cafe, and ADG Barber Shop.
Our Event will be shared on social media after City of Water Day in the form of a short video (5-8 minutes)
Tompkinsville Park, 45 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301
http://siurbancenter.org
Flushing Creek Estuary Bioblitz
Guardians of Flushing Bay
Join the Guardians of Flushing Bay this City of Water Day as they lead 3 monthly bioblitzes of the Flushing Creek Estuary starting on July 10th and ending in September! The ‘bioblitz’ is a focused tour where participants document flora and fauna and record it in the ‘Flushing Creek Estuary Biodiversity’ Project on iNaturalist. GoFB will pair each bioblitz with a walking or paddling tour, to give varying perspectives of the estuary. Each tour will include nauralists who can help to identify different species. One trip will include members of the Flushing for Equitable Development and Urban Planning coalition, one trip will host the Queens Museum Queens Teens and artist-in-residence Gabo Camnitzer, and the third trip will be for the general public. All participants will either be vaccinated or wear masks and remain 6 feet apart. This event is in partnership with the New York Botanical Garden, Queens College, Flushing Anti Displacement Alliance and Queens Museum.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Kayak/Canoe Launch, Marina Rd, Corona, NY 11368
http://guardiansofflushingbay.org
City of Water Day Kickoff Event
Earth ECHO International
Join Earth ECHO International this City of Water Day with hands-on-demonstrations in monitoring local water quality and learn more about local water resources through the process! Looking to engage youth in joining the Earth ECHO Water Challenge efforts in local areas, discussion based-webinars and talks about NYC watershed, CSOs/MS4s relating to water quality, HABs, OWF proposals, plastics/microplastic concerns, melting ice sheets/glacier relating to sea level rise and storm surge, the importance of water in our daily lives, and the importance of oysters as filter feeders and for water filtration will occur. Certain documentaries such as Microplastic, The Story of Plastics, and Chasing Ice will also be showcased. This event is in participation with Xylem Watermark, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, NYC Parks, Hudson River Park Foundation, Riverside Park Conservancy, and the Bronx River Alliance.
Cisco Webex, Zoom, Microsoft Teams
40.869605,-73.932027; 40.624210,-73.902953; 40.775446,-40.992217; (40.806242,-73.848951; 40.810881,-73.867080; 40.791950,-73.926566)
http://earthecho.org
City of Water Day – Sebago Canoe Club
Sebago Canoe Club
Join Sebago Canoe Club this City of Water Day as they host an open house for neighborhood residents and visitors! Short rowing and paddling excursions on the protected waters of Paerdegat Basin will start at 10. a.m. and end at 2 p.m. with the last trip sign up at 1:30 p.m. Participants must be 16 years old to go in single occupancy kayaks but minors of all ages are able to go in other vessels if accompanied by parent or legal guardian. All participants must sign waivers and waivers for minors under 18 must be signed by parent or legal guardian. This event is in participation with Billion Oyster Project.
Sebago Canoe Club, 1400 Paerdegat Avenue North, Brooklyn, NY 112236
http://sebagocanoeclub.org/open-house
Ecology Park Plant ID Workshop
NYC Parks Stewardship
Join NYC Parks as they celebrate City of Water Day! Participants will learn how to identify native and invasive plants that are reflective of the plant communities in and around Jamaica Bay. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please be sure to wear a face mask and bring your own water bottle to this event. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.
Ecology Park, Bergen Ave, Brooklyn NY 11234
http://nycgovparks.org/reg/stewardship
Spring Creek Wetland Restoration
NYC Parks Stewardship
Join NYC Parks as they celebrate City of Water Day at Spring Creek Park! Volunteers will help remove debris in order to help restore the wetland and create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please be sure to wear a face mask and bring your own water bottle to this event. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.
Spring Creek Park, Belt Pkwy, Howard Beach, NY 11414
http://nycgovparks.org/reg/stewardship
Estuary Paddle
Bronx River Alliance
This guided canoe and kayak paddle starts and ends at the Concrete Plant Park boat launch, and takes paddlers through the lower saltwater portion of the Bronx River, featuring a dichotomy of estuarine habitat and urbanization. In celebration of City of Water Day, the paddle will feature a visit to the site of the Soundview Oyster Reef at the mouth of the river, educating participants about these ecosystem engineers and their important role in building coastal resilience.
Due to potentially challenging tidal and wind conditions, this event is limited to paddlers aged 14 and older. All participants must fill out and sign ACA, Covid-19, and Photo Release Waivers before getting on the water. Masks are required to participate in this event.
Concrete Plant Park, 1040-1054 Edgewater Rd, Bronx, NY 10459
http://bronxriver.org
New York Outrigger: City of Water Day Novice Session
New York Outrigger
Join New York Outrigger this City of Water Day to experience a free introduction to outrigger paddling at Hudson River Park’s Pier 66. New York Outrigger will be hosting free Novice Sessions for the public from 12:00pm-2pm. This free activity is appropriate for age 14 and up and is available on a first-come first-served basis.
If you’re interested in attending, be sure to RSVP for this event by completing these 2 required forms:
Guest Waiver:
https://newyorkoutrigger.wufoo.com/forms/2021-new-york-outrigger-guest-waiver
COVID-19 Consent Form:
https://newyorkoutrigger.wufoo.com/forms/2021-covid19-consent-and-aor-form-guests
Pier 66 boathouse; 207 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001
http://newyorkoutrigger.org/
Public Seining
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Discover the amazing biodiversity of the Hudson River Estuary as their staff and scientists use a seine net to catch and release incredible creatures that live below the water’s surface! Be sure to register at https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/brooklynbridgepark/items/306703/calendar/2021/07/
Pier 4 Beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park
https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/brooklynbridgepark/items/306703/calendar/2021/07/
City of Water Day on City Island
City Island Rising
Join City Island Rising as they go down to Schofield Street Beach and launch their kayaks in celebration of City of Water Day but note this event is happening on Saturday, July 17 at 1:30PM. Register here to join them: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOsBOSnh5za6wCRcC2XARSpLs2xrgYp9B1sHuP42hyjVgK7A/viewform
239 Play Side, Bronx NY 10464 (Dead End of Schofield Street)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOsBOSnh5za6wCRcC2XARSpLs2xrgYp9B1sHuP42hyjVgK7A/viewform
NYC Water Day
The Fireboat McKean Preservation Project
Join the Fireboat McKean Preservation Project from 12:00 – 6:00pm as they introduce the John D McKean to the general public after undergoing five years of preservation and restoration efforts by member of the McKean Fireboat organization. Check out their facebook page to stay up to date on their event: https://www.facebook.com/FireboatMcKean/
Hudson River Parks Pier 25
https://www.facebook.com/FireboatMcKean/