Bay Ridge Eco Dock

 

 

 

 


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

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: 

Saturday, July 19th, 1pm - 3pm
69th Street Pier, Brooklyn
Free, public tours aboard fireboat
 JOHN J. HARVEY
 

AND

Sunday, July 20th, 3pm - 7pm
69th Street Pier, Brooklyn
Free, dockside tour followed by free sail aboard Clearwater

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. will be offering free, public dockside tours of Sloop Clearwater. 

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. Due to high demand for boat tours, many families have not been able to go on a boat trip yet. Please consider only registering for one trip per family to allow everyone a chance to participate. Thank you!

Note: The Community Eco Dock is fully ADA accessible. Visiting ships vary in degree of accessibility. Please contact MWA for details.

 
SATURDAY, JULY 19th

John J. Harvey | Photograph by Bernard Ente
1pm - 3pm: FREE BOAT TRIPS ABOARD FIREBOAT JOHN J. HARVEY
Come back for more free boat rides on the historic, decommissioned fireboat John J. Harvey for a free, public tour around the harbor! Trips are round trip and leave the dock at 1pm and 2:15pm, reservations required. 
 
To make a reservation, please fill out the reservation request form for your preferred departure time. Follow the links below:

**NOTE: John J. Harvey is arriving in Bay Ridge by way of Pier 66 in Manhattan and will be accepting passengers for the trips they are making from Pier 66 to Bay Ridge and/or from Bay Ridge back home to Pier 66! NOTE: The 1:00 and 2:15 trips will leave from Bay Ridge and go back to Bay Ridge. The trips to pier 66 are before/after the public trips. Click here to make a reservation. 

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

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.

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. 

3pm - 4:30pm: Free dockside tours aboard Clearwater - no registration required!
5pm-7pm: Free sail aboard Clearwater.

 

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"


Pioneer will be offering two sails: from 10:00-11:30am and from 12:00-1:30pm. Reservations are required. As an historic ship, Pioneer is not fully ADA accessible; accommodations can be made whenever possible. Please contact Sara Levy at slevy@waterfrontalliance.org in advance to discuss any special needs.

This trip is now full, registration and waitlists are closed.

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


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! 
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"


Pioneer will be offering two sails: from 10:00-11:30am and from 12:00-1:30pm. Reservations are required. As an historic ship, Pioneer is not fully ADA accessible; accommodations can be made whenever possible. Please contact Sara Levy at slevy@waterfrontalliance.org in advance to discuss any special needs.

This trip is now full, registration and waitlists are closed.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th

2pm - 6pm: FREE DOCKSIDE TOUR AND BOAT TRIPS ABOARD SLOOP CLEARWATER
Come get a deck tour of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.'s Clearwater from 2pm-3:30pm. Then hop aboard for a two-hour sail around the harbor from 4pm-6pm. This is a round-trip sail leaving from and returning 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.

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. 

2pm - 3:30pm: Free dockside tours aboard Clearwater - no registration required!
4pm-6pm: Free sail aboard Clearwater. Registration opens in September.

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26th

3pm - 6pm: FREE DOCKSIDE TOURS ABOARD SLOOP CLEARWATER
Come get a deck tour of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.'s Clearwater.

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. 

3pm - 6pm: Free dockside tours aboard Clearwater - no registration required!
 

*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.

 


PAST EVENTS - 2014 SEASON

 

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.

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.

SUNDAY, JULY 13th

John J. Harvey | Photograph by Bernard Ente
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, reservations required.
 
Reservations for this trip filled up fast! To be added to a waitlist, please email bayridge.ecodock@gmail.com with your name, preferred trip time, number in your party, and a phone number. 
 
**NOTE: John J. Harvey is arriving in Bay Ridge by way of Pier 66 in Manhattan and will be accepting passengers for the trips they are making from Pier 66 to Bay Ridge and/or from Bay Ridge back home to Pier 66! Click here to make a reservation. 
 
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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