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 www.downtownboathouse.org

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DUSC – An Update on Pier 40

Posted: March 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Community | Tags: , | Comments Off on DUSC – An Update on Pier 40

DUSC and GGFC would like you to be aware of the ongoing need to protect the fields at Pier 40.

We are grateful to Rich Caccappolo of Greenwich Village Little League for preparing this statement:

We are incredibly fortunate to have the amazing fields at Pier 40 our district – without it, we simply would not be able to operate GVLL, DUSC, GGFC or our other youth sport programs at our current sizes, scope and level of quality. Pier 40 is the cornerstone of our leagues. Many of us have been working over the last 2 years to ensure it remains open, safe and accessible for our neighborhood and the entire metro region.

Earlier this week, Assembly Member Deborah Glick and State Senators Tom Duane and Daniel Squadron sent a letter supporting a proposal to spend $57 million of the federal “stimulus” funding granted to NY State on Pier 40 infrastructure repair (you can see the letter on www.greenwichvillagelittleleague.org). Now they need our help to persuade others to approve this essential work.

Below, you will find links to send messages to other officials who will influence this decision. Please take ten minutes to help take advantage of this huge opportunity to secure the future of our pier. Tell them you are writing to support the Hudson River Park Trust’s proposal to use stimulus funds for Pier 40 repairs and tell them why Pier 40 is important to your family.

If you like, you can include some or all of the following information:

The Hudson River Park Trust has requested a $57 million of federal stimulus funds to repair the roof, piles, and fenders at Pier 40. These projects are “shovel ready”, meaning work can begin in less than four months.

Without these repairs, the future of an important community resource is at risk.

Thousands of families and dozens of sports leagues and schools depend on the wonderful sports fields at Pier 40.

More than half of the operating expenses of Hudson River Park are provided by income from 2000 car parking spaces used mostly by our neighbors.

The docks provide opportunities for recreational access to the Hudson River and an important escape resource in case of a major emergency.

Repairing the pier will provide an opportunity to expand the park enhancing uses of the pier in the future.

If the pier were to have to close, the loss to families our communities would be great and the loss of income to the park from the pier would create an unaffordable burden on city and state budgets.

Please do this TODAY because decisions are being made very quickly. Of course, if you have person contact with anyone who may be able to help, please contact them directly, or let us know.

Also please consider forwarding this email to others who may want to help.

Senator Charles Schumer  

Representative Jerome Nadler

NY State Speaker Sheldon Silver

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn

Please also take a few minutes to thank our legislators who have taken the lead.

NY State Sentator Tom Duane duane@senate.state.ny.us

NY State Senator Daniel Squadron

NY State Assembly Member Deborah Glick

Apologies for the long message – thank you for your time. We’ll see you on the field!

Downtown United Soccer Club

332 Bleecker Street PMB D-12

New York, New York 10014


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.

UPDATE:

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
downtown.

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

Thank you again,

Downtown Little League
http://www.downtownlittleleague.org