Bay Ridge Eco Dock

 

 

 

 


The Eco Dock at the 69th St Pier in Bay Ridge is open! Click here for directions


Click to enlarge. From left: American Princess before her "Statue by Night' Cruise; Captain Nick Rogers and crew from Clearwater teaching kids to sail (photo: Jennifer Colon-Marin); John J. Harvey gives harbor tours and water display; City Park Foundation's Coastal Classroom visits the dock for some hands-on learning led by science teachers from John Dewey High School (photo: Teri Brennan); Tug Pegasus returning from a public trip up the Gowanus.

The Bay Ridge Community Eco Dock is an access point for historic and educational ships, human-powered boats, and hands-on education. It's a great new resource for groups who are engaged in youth education, on-water recreation, cultural tourism, waterway stewardship, local economic development, and maritime heritage. We welcome summer camps, local businesses, boat operators, kayakers and boathouses, and educators to join us!

 

The dock can support a wide variety of program opportunities, including:

  • historic and educational boat trips for summer camps and community groups;
  • kayaking and canoeing (experience required, see procedures for human-powered boaters below);
  • community events such as City of Water Day boat tours;
  • environmental education projects such as water quality monitoring and oyster gardening; and
  • boat trips and cruises 

Get involved for the 2014 season now! The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is working with the community to plan more programs and operations at the Eco Dock. Contact Sara Levy to get involved: bayridge.ecodock@gmail.com or (212) 935-9831 x113.


Next up at the Eco Dock: 


FALL FESTIVAL
Sunday, October 26th, 2-6pm
69th Street Pier, Brooklyn

Dockside open-house tours of Sloop Clearwater, Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Exhibits, Games, Oyster Garden Demonstrations, and more! Costumes welcome.

Come to the 69th Street Pier for the last public event of the 2014 Season. We'll celebrate an amazing season and a wonderful waterfront with open-house tours of Sloop Clearwater and a day of festivities.


Everyone is invited and it's free!

 

 


 

PUBLIC EVENTS AT THE BAY RIDGE COMMUNITY ECO DOCK
All public events are free! Some have limited capacity and require pre-registration.

The Community Eco Dock is fully ADA accessible. Visiting ships vary in degree of accessibility. We are happy to work with you to make all possible accomodations - please email BayRidge.EcoDock@gmail.com to discuss.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26th

2pm - 6pm: FALL FESTIVAL
3-6pm - Dockside Open-House aboard Sloop Clearwater, no registration required!

Come to the 69th Street Pier for the last public event of the 2014 Season. We'll celebrate an amazing year with open-house tours of Sloop Clearwater, arts & crafts, oyster garden demonstrations, music, arts&crafts, and more! Sea-themed costumes are welcome.

Clearwate
r was launched in 1969 by  legendary musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate Pete Seeger. Today, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. and the iconic sloop Clearwater are carrying forward Pete Seeger’s legacy by partnering with Hudson Valley schools and community leaders to raise the bar of environmental education and encouraging youth to become involved as active stewards of their environment and the Hudson River.

The sloop Clearwater is recognized as America’s Environmental Flagship and is among the first vessels in the United States to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship. In 2004, the sloop Clearwater was named to the National Register of Historic Places for its goundbreaking role in the environmental movement.

 

*All event times and details are subject to change. Check back for updates, new event postings, are more!



Council Member Vincent Gentile hails schooner Pioneer,
taking students from Bay Ridge area high schools on the inaugural voyage from the Eco Dock

Human-Powered Boating*

Are you a human-powered boater interested in using the Eco Dock? The dock will be open to human-powered boaters from July 1st to December 1st, 2014. Please follow the steps below:

  • Email Parks Department Chief Dockmaster at bayridgeecodock@parks.nyc.gov
  • The dock will be open to human-powered boaters from July 1st to December 1st, 2014, and thereafter from April 1st to December 1st.
  • All human-powered boaters wishing to use the dock must have (and be able to show proof of) a current NYC Parks launch permit. You can find instructions on obtaining one here: https://www.nycgovparks.org/pagefiles/56/Kayak_Launch_Permit.pdf
  • The Parks Department will supply you with the entry code, and recommended safety boating practices.
  • The entry code will be changed periodically, and you will receive notification when that happens.

*Due to the often rough waters and strong currents surrounding the dock, we do not recommend it as a site for beginners. To become an intermediate/experienced human-powered boater, check out some boating groups in the area that are part of the New York City Water Trail Association. Many of these boating groups offer free walk-up paddling and paddling instruction!


PAST EVENTS - 2014 SEASON

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14th

5:30pm-8:30pm: PUBLIC SAILS ON SHEARWATER CLASSIC SCHOONER
Enjoy a midweek sail aboard Shearwater Classic Schooner, a Newport-style schooner yacht operated by Manhattan by Sail. Recently recognized as a National Landmark, she's been sailing since 1929. During WWII, Shearwater served as a member of the US Coast Guard's Coastal Picket Patrol. Since then, she's participated in several Ancient Mariner and Classic Yacht races in the U.S. and spent two years circumnavigating the world!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th

10:00am-1:30pm: Public Sails on SCHOONER PIONEER
Hop aboard historic Schooner Pioneer for a free, public tour of the harbor. Pioneer was originally built to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1885  One of 6 ships in the South Street Seaport Museum's fleet, she now carries passengers in her current role as a piece of "living history"
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4th

11:00am-4pm: DOCKSIDE OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC SAIL ON FREEDOM SCHOONER AMISTAD
Join us at the Bay Ridge Eco Dock as we welcome a very special out-of-town visitor. Freedom Schooner Amistad is a recreation of the famous 19th-century ship that was the site of the "Amistad Incident" in 1839 and later became a powerful symbol in the movement to abolish slavery. Step aboard from 11am-12:45pm and sail from 1-4pm to learn the incredible story of the Amistad and become aware of the slavery and human-trafficking that persists today.

Amistad America, Inc. has trained New York Harbor School students to help tell the story of Amistad onboard during both the sail and dockside open-house. Come ready to learn! Amistad America, Inc.'s mission is to foster unity among people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and to promote the legacies of leadership, cooperation, perserverance and social justice inherent in the Amistad Incident of 1839.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

4 - 7pm: FREE FAMILY FISHING CLINIC WITH THE AMERICAN LITTORAL SOCIETY -


Join us at the Eco Dock after work or school for a free, open-house fishing clinic! American Littoral Society staff will guide small groups on the dock, teaching you how to tie and cast your line, and then reel in your catch! October is one of the best months for fishing, and this event is perfect for families. No reservations required - please check in with the MWA representative at the gate when you arrive.

The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same. They specialize in hands-on education, encouraging students young and old to develop not just an interest, but a passion for the coast.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2nd

6:30-8:00pm: PUBLIC SAIL ON SCHOONER PIONEER

Hop aboard historic Schooner Pioneer for a sunset sail! 
Pioneer was originally built to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1885  One of 6 ships in the South Street Seaport Museum's fleet, she now carries passengers in her current role as a piece of "living history."

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd

6:30-8:00pm: PUBLIC SAIL ON SCHOONER PIONEER

Hop aboard historic Schooner Pioneer for a sunset sail! 
Pioneer was originally built to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1885  One of 6 ships in the South Street Seaport Museum's fleet, she now carries passengers in her current role as a piece of "living history."

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th

2pm - 6pm: FREE DOCKSIDE OPEN-HOUSE AND BOAT TRIPS ABOARD SLOOP CLEARWATER
2-3:30pm - Dockside Open-house - no registration required!
4-6pm - Public Sail


Clearwater was launched in 1969 by  legendary musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate Pete Seeger. Today, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. and the iconic sloop Clearwater are carrying forward Pete Seeger’s legacy by partnering with Hudson Valley schools and community leaders to raise the bar of environmental education and encouraging youth to become involved as active stewards of their environment and the Hudson River.

The sloop Clearwater is recognized as America’s Environmental Flagship and is among the first vessels in the United States to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship. In 2004, the sloop Clearwater was named to the National Register of Historic Places for its goundbreaking role in the environmental movement.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th

3-5pm: TRIP ON THE HARBOR AND DOCKSIDE OPEN-HOUSE ON TUG PEGASUS
3-4pm - Harbor Tour
4-5pm - Dockside Open-House - no reservations required!

Please join us for a tour of the harbor followed by dockside open-house tours as historic tugboat Pegasus returns!
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. Originally powered by a steam engine and built to serve waterside refineries and terminals of Standard Oil docking ships, she was retired in 1997 at the age of 90. Thanks to the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project, she now operates as an educational vessel, telling an important story about the history of the Port of New York/New Jersey. She teaches visitors about our harbor’s value as a rich natural habitat; an historic waterway that has helped shape the city’s history; and as a thriving commercial port crucial to today’s economy.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th

10:00am-1:30pm: FREE, PUBLIC SAILS ABOARD SCHOONER PIONEER -

Pioneer was originally built to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1885  One of 6 ships in the South Street Seaport Museum's fleet, she now carries passengers in her current role as a piece of "living history."

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31st

3-5pm: TRIP ON THE HARBOR AND DOCKSIDE OPEN-HOUSE ON TUG PEGASUS
3-4pm - Harbor Tour
4-5pm - Dockside Open-House


Please join us for a tour of the harbor followed by dockside open-house tours of historic tugboat Pegasus! 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. Originally powered by a steam engine and built to serve waterside refineries and terminals of Standard Oil docking ships, she was retired in 1997 at the age of 90. Thanks to the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project, she now operates as an educational vessel, telling an important story about the history of the Port of New York/New Jersey. She teaches visitors about our harbor’s value as a rich natural habitat; an historic waterway that has helped shape the city’s history; and as a thriving commercial port crucial to today’s economy.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23rd

10:00am-1:30pm: COMMEMORATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN ON A FREE, PUBLIC SAIL ABOARD SCHOONER PIONEER

Hop aboard historic Schooner Pioneer for a free, public tour of the harbor to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13th

7pm-8:30pm: FREE, PUBLIC STATUE BY NIGHT CRUISE ABOARD AMERICAN PRINCESS

Give yourself a mid-week treat with this free, relaxing sunset cruise aboard American Princess! American Princess is a 95-food cruising vessel with 2 decks.
American Princes Cruises is owned and operated by TWFM Ferry Service, Inc., founded by four veteran captains with over 120 years of combined experience in the boating industry. They also offer chartered cruises, whale-watching excursions, and more!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10th

10am-2pm: BRING-YOUR-OWN-BRUNCH SAIL ON YACHT VENTURA 


Step aboard Yacht Ventura for a morning sail and get an up-close look at some of the great ladies of our harbor. The first stop will be Robbin’s Reef lighthouse, AKA “Kate’s Light.” Learn about this 131 year old lighthouse and its namesake Kate Walker. This tough woman manned the lighthouse for 33 years – all as a single mom. Between lighthouse duties she raised 2 kids and rowed them to school from Bayonne, NJ to Staten Island!  Afterwards cruise past another great lady of our harbor - the Statue of Liberty!

SUNDAY, JULY 27th

10:00am-1:30pm: FREE, PUBLIC SAIL ON THE HARBOR ABOARD SCHOONER PIONEER
Hop aboard historic Schooner Pioneer for a free, public tour of the harbor! 
Pioneer was originally built to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1885  One of 6 ships in the South Street Seaport Museum's fleet, she now carries passengers in her current role as a piece of "living history."

SUNDAY, JULY 20th
3pm - 7pm: FREE DOCKSIDE TOUR AND BOAT TRIPS ABOARD SLOOP CLEARWATER
Come get a deck tour from the crew of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.'s Clearwater from 3pm-4:30pm. Then hop aboard for a two-hour sail around the harbor from 5pm-7pm. Trip leaves and returns to the Bay Ridge Eco Dock.

Clearwater was launched in 1969 by  legendary musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate Pete Seeger. Today, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. and the iconic sloop Clearwater are carrying forward Pete Seeger’s legacy by partnering with Hudson Valley schools and community leaders to raise the bar of environmental education and encouraging youth to become involved as active stewards of their environment and the Hudson River.

 

JULY 13th & 19th

John J. Harvey
1pm - 3pm: FREE BOAT TRIPS ABOARD FIREBOAT JOHN J. HARVEY

Hop aboard the historic, decommissioned fireboat John J. Harvey for a free, public tour around the harbor! Trips leave the dock at 1pm and 2:15pm.

SUNDAY, JULY 6th

EDUCATIONAL TOURS ABOARD SCHOONER A. J. MEERWALD

Open-house, dockside educational tours of schooner A. J. Meerwald, a restored oyster dredging schooner turned sailing classroom, and New Jersey's official Tall Ship! A. J. Meerwald was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.A program of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28th

BAY RIDGE COMMUNITY ECO DOCK 2014 SEASON KICKOFF
with NYC Parks Department, Council Member Vincent J. Gentile, and Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.

Featuring dockside tours of Lettie G. Howard, oyster gardening demonstrations, and an FDNY fireboat water display.

 

 

Questions? Email Sara Levy at bayridge.ecodock@gmail.com


For more background about this project and the specifics about the dock, click here.

Through generous funding from Councilmember Vincent J. Gentile, Borough President Marty Markowitz, the NYS Department of State through Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund, the Hudson River Foundation, and the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the first Community Eco Dock is now in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn at the 69th Street Pier. The dock has been constructed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation serves as a gateway to on-the-water access in Brooklyn.

 

 

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