On Saturday June 22, visitors to Stuyvesant Cove Park had a chance to get up close and personal with the neighboring East River. Thanks to a diverse coalition of waterfront access groups, New Yorkers could do more than look out over the waves on a beautiful summer day – they could actually kayak through them!
Over the course of the afternoon, more than 200 park goers piled into the sunny yellow boats on the beach (or outcropping, as some refer to it) just north of the 20th Street entrance to the Park. Seasoned volunteers were present to offer instruction and guidance, but many kayakers found they needed little more help than the first nudge into the water. Some paddled adventurously while others simply coasted with the flow of the tide, but everyone – young and old – enjoyed the unique experience.
The kayaks will return to Stuy Cove Park on Saturday August 17. Boats and gear are being provided by the Long Island City Community Boathouse (LICCB), and the event is a joint project of the LICCB, the New York City Water Trail Association, and UrbanSwim, in conjunction with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and with the support of Solar 1, and NYCEDC.