Free Kayaking at Downtown Boathouse

Posted: July 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Free Kayaking at Downtown Boathouse

For the past few years the Downtown Boathouse has been providing free Kayaking in lower Manhattan, currently out of Pier 40 (Houston and West St) until the renovations at our permanent home at Pier 26 (North Moore & West Street) are completed in 2012.

The program has expanded to other locations including Pier 96 (56th Street) and 72nd Street along the Hudson River.

My kids and I volunteer frequently and can often be found at the Pier 40 location handling the registration desk, helping people get in and out of kayaks and teaching “Man Overboard” techniques. Often I can be found on “patrol”.

Everyone is welcome, especially kids! You do need to be at least 16 years old to go out in a single kayak but children of any age are welcome to go out with anyone over 16 in a double. Its fun and safe. The best part are the wakes that drafty vessels make (like cruise ships).

We do ask that anyone who takes advantage of our program at Pier 40 respect our rules regarding the boundaries in which one can kayak in. You must be at least 100 feet from the Holland Tunnel ventilation shaft and 75 feet away from the open Hudson River and the north and south piers. Hudson River currents ebb and flood and often have a speed of around 2 knots.

The season will run until Sunday October 10. We are always looking for volunteers and gladly accept donations at the registration desk.

You can find more information on our programs at


Save Pier 40!

Posted: January 29th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Community, Events, Manhattan | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Save Pier 40!

Many of you know me as a recreational soccer coach with DUSC (Downtown United Soccer Club). However, we are in danger of losing our fields, the one’s we fought so hard to get. The Hudson River Trust and the City are evaluating new proposals that would result in the loss of this valuable community resource.

We need your support to save Pier 40!

We need the park and field space in lower Manhattan. It is vital for recreational sports including Soccer, Baseball and countless other uses. There is no equivalent fields in the city.

Video from this past Sunday’s community gathering at Pier 40.


Thanks to those who were able to attend the Sunday rally in support of the community
fields at Pier 40. This coming Thursday, after almost 18 months of deliberation,
the Board of the Hudson River Park Trust will finally pick a future for the Pier
— either the corporate developer Related and its plan for a 600 million dollar
tourist mecca, or a community-backed vision of fields, schools, parks, and arts
called the Partnership for Pier 40. This historic vote of the Trust will be
local and public.

Hudson River Park Trust Directors Meeting 4:00 p.m. Thursday January 31, 2008
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Main Floor (Take the 1 to South
Ferry or R/W to Whitehall, or 4/5 to Bowling Green)

Attendance at this meeting by parents, children, and/or their caregivers will
send a powerful message of concern over the future of our open space and parklands

If you can attend, or have a family member attend, please let us know by e-mail
at .

Thank you again,

Downtown Little League