City of Water Day is a harbor wide event, showing our whole region the potential of our waterfront for recreation, education, and economic development. While much of the day's activities are on Governors Island and Liberty State Park, City of Water Day reaches many corners of the waterfront.
If you or your organization would like to be part of celebrating the potential of our waterfront on July 20th, by putting on an activity that is not at either of the main locations of the event, contact Louis Kleinman:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-935-9831 xt 104.
- Adults and families are welcome to Learn to Row in Floating the Apple’s colorfully painted 19c-style Whitehall rowboats from 3pm to 7pm. From 1pm to 3pm is Open House. Visitors may inspect our facilities and fleet of rowboats; meet our trained team of rowers; watch how we set up a gig for the day’s rowing exercises; learn how we prepare the afternoon’s cruise report, and determine the tide and analyze the current. You may also see how we construct our traditional rowboats using modern construction techniques.
- LILAC is a 1933 lighthouse tender that once carried supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys for the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. LILAC is now a museum ship owned by the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project. As America's only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender, LILAC is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible to become a National Historic Landmark. Walk through of this historic ship with historical presentations throughout the day
- The tugboat Pegasus was built in 1907 as S. O. Co. No. 16, for the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, by the Skinner Shipbuilding Yard of Baltimore, Maryland. Guided Tour of this historic Tugboat.
- From 10am-5pm Hudson River Park Trust and The River Project educators will be offering FREE and FUN river-related activities. Learn how to fish, build sails and race model boats, pull up traps and see estuarine life up close in touch tanks!
'Paths to Pier 42' on the East River
- Event is called 'Paths to Pier 42' 'Summer Launch Celebration' Celebrate with the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance the opening of a temporary waterfront park that will increase access to, and create public uses of Pier 42 while it awaits permanent transformation into a new public park over the next several years. Paths to Pier 42 installations will serve to model activities that can and will take place on the waterfront once it is fully redeveloped while providing community access through this programming in the interim. Activities include planting, catch-and-release fishing, and meeting the artists that have designed exhibits for Pier 42 during summer 2013.
Harlem River Park
Harlem River Park Task Force & Harlem Community Development Corporation & Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (135th St. Harlem River Park)
- (Here are just some of the activities!) Cast-A-Line Fishing Learn about fishing in New York City and get your picture taken with your catch. The New York Walkers Club will take participants on a fun, one mile walk from Colonel Young Park to the Harlem River Park festivities. Stretching and Dancing by the River: Harlem Hospital’s Walk It Out! Team will show you how to stay healthy and have fun. This activity is great for seniors! Youth Biking: Concrete Safaris will provide kid-sized bikes to help young park lovers become more confident on two wheels. Free Pedicab Rides: See the park in style as Revolution Rickshaws takes you on a human-powered ride. Assorted sports demonstrations. Tour the Park with a landscape architect from the Department of Parks and Recreation and see how the Harlem River Park’s unique waterfront edge helped mitigate Superstorm Sandy damage. Enjoy a lunch by the river with the family!
West Harlem Piers (125th st)
- Music, face painting, food, entertainment for the family
- Celebrate the waterfront in south Brooklyn with the New York Aquarium. Join us on the boardwalk at West 8th Street for activities and trivia. Open to the public of all ages!
Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Celebrate our waterfront with a day of entertainment, education and adventure for the whole family! Activities include kayaking, water-themed art projects, and seining.
The Gowanus Canal
- The Newtown Creek Armada and Polytechnic Institute of New York University’s Brooklyn Atlantis will join forces to create Gowanus Voyage, an interactive public boat pond on the Gowanus Canal. Come explore above and below the surface of this historic waterway by piloting miniature remote control boats and aquatic robots equipped with video cameras and environmental sensors. Gowanus Voyage will take place on Saturday, July 20th, from 1pm-6pm at the 2nd Street boat launch near Bond Street in Brooklyn and is presented with the support of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club. The rain date will be Sunday, July 21st.
- Join the Sebago Canoe Club, National Park Service, and Regional Plan Association for a family-friendly event on the Jamaica Bay Waterfront. Whether you are an experience paddler or have never been on the water, City of Water Day is a great way to experience all that the bay has to offer. Open to the public, Sebago members will guide a number of kayak paddles from their clubhouse located on Paerdegat Basin out to the open waters of Jamaica Bay, as well as help guests to experience water activities like sailing, canoeing, and rowing in the basin.
At Red Hook
- Entertainment by SLACKJAW. SlackJaw celebrates New York City's waters with original songs about events that occurred on those waters or events that affect them. Multi-layered harmonies are supported by bluegrass instrumentation.
- See Gowanus Bay Terminal description for days event. The ferry was originally put into operation in 1907 and has served, by turns, as a ferryboat for newly arrived immigrants to Ellis Island, a shuttle for the wealthy to Maine's Calendar Islands, and served with the Navy in both World Wars. The historic Yankee Ferry is the brainchild of married artist couple Victoria and Richard Mackenzie-Childs, who renovated the ferry and it now is available to the public for rent by the room, or by the boat, and it can also graciously and beautifully accomodate your important events.
- The large Grain Terminal (locally known as the Grey House) at the Gowanus Bay Terminal (GBX), and the Cement Silo Vessel M/V Loujaine (the 500 ft. massive bulk carrier next to the Grain Terminal) as well as the historic Yankee Ferry will be holding an open house throughout the day. Located on the Red Hook Waterfront, the Gowanus Bay Terminal could become a focus for community education and an historical resource for Red Hook and Brooklyn.
Gantry State Park
- Morning: Gardening in the Park. Afternoon: Narrated tour around Gantry State Park
- Yoga, Fish & Release off pier, Family friendly events
- Will provide information on their free public kayaking program, and also give an on water demonstration.
- Mobile library, story telling
- Row New York will be hosting a Paralympic experience on the water and land! The Paralympic Experience is an excellent way to introduce Paralympic sports to people with disabilities. The goal of the program is to show individuals with a physical or cognitive disability how participation in sport and living a healthy, active lifestyle can have a profoundly positive impact on their lives. In collaboration with the Waterfront Alliance, Row New York, NYC Parks and Recreation, and North Jersey Navigators will be offering the opportunity to work with experienced coaches in track, field, archery and rowing. We will also have prizes and information on how to be involved in our year-round programs. This event is for adults or youth with physical or cognitive disabilities, their families, and other supporters.
Bronx River Alliance-Starlight Park (Starlight Park)
- Canoe Flotilla down Bronx River and family activities at Starlight Park. Join Friends of Starlight Park & the Bronx Volunteer Coalition for a day of tree care, park restoration and family fun!
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (Van Cortlandt Park)
- At Van Cortlandt Lake, we will have hands-on activities such as Freshwater Ecology using dipnets to collect aquatic invertebrate, craft projects related to water and a hike around the lake. Outdoor fun for all ages! Enter the park at Van Cortlandt Park South and Bailey Avenue and meet us near the Van Cortlandt Golf House.
Harlem River Working Group (Mill Pond Park/Harlem River)
- Family festival. Presentation of the Harlem River Greenway.
Rocking the Boat (Hunts Point Riverside Park)
- Rocking the Boat brings its boats down to the Bronx River waterfront at Hunts Point Riverside Park to offer free rowing to the public. Community members from children as young as two, to junior high and high school students, to adults and senior citizens, board Rocking the Boat's boats, try their hand at rowing, and receive guided tours of the beautiful Bronx River. All college-age Rocking the Boat alumni, Program Assistants develop and lead the program each week.
Fund for a Better Waterfront (Downtown Hoboken, on the Hudson)
- The Fund for a Better Waterfront will lead a walking tour of the Hoboken waterfront talking about how the waterfront park was created and plans to make the park continuous for Hoboken’s entire 1.5 mile length. The tour will start at 10 a.m. at the fountain in Pier A Park near First Street and Sinatra Drive.
Hoboken Cove Boat House (Downtown Hoboken, on the Hudson)
- Join us on our cove for our free kayaking days at Maxwell Place. Experience the Hudson River as well as amazing views of the New York City Skyline
National Lighthouse Museum (US Lighthouse (near St. George)
- Two minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry for rotating walking lecture tours on the history of the US Lighthouse General Depot, once the heart of all lighthouse operations in the country in the mid 1800's and currently the future home of the National Lighthouse Museum. Learn about this area, once bustling with Fresnel lens arriving from France and being re- assembled on site, underground vaults storing the oils needed to light the lamps inside the lighthouses, lighthouse tenders and light ships mooring on Pier 1 and many more highlights on the fascinating site history prior to the General Depot being formulated and what is anticipated next. Everyone is focused upon the NY Wheel, a 65 story Ferris Wheel coming soon on the ballpark side of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, but we'd like to tell our story about the newest cultural anchor, planning to open next year on the East Side of the Ferry Terminal.
Alice Austen House (SI North East Shore on Lower NY Bay)
- Exhibition Opening Reception for 'The New Street Types of New York'
- SIM “TOUR” is centered at our waterfront neighborhood Museum building in St. George, Staten Island. All tour participants would have access to the Museum exhibits for free that day, and will obtain the excellent “Staten Island Ferry Guide” which includes a two for one offer for a return visit to the Museum, along with an excellent harbor map of points of interest.
Beczak Environmental Education Center (Yonkers on Hudson River)
- Catch of the Day Family Seining Find out who and what lives under the waves by dragging a 30-foot seine net through the water to catch fish and other remarkable Hudson River creatures. Students keep a tally of our catch and add the information to our indoor display. We provide chest waders to help keep students dry. While waiting their turn at seining, students embark on a scavenger hunt to see how many Hudson River treasures they can find.
Groundwork Hudson Valley (On Hudson River - Science Barge)
- We will offer a hydoponic planting activity for kids and a contest for kids on catching The biggest Blue Claw Crab.
- They will participate on Sunday, July 21st with a paddling demonstration