Bay Ridge Eco Dock Background

The 69th street pier in Bay Ridge was selected as a Community Eco Dock site due to overwhelming support from the local community and the unique opportunities available in the area. The dock operates as a ‘jack-of-all-trades”, able to accommodate both small human powered craft and historic, educational, and larger vessels, injecting a diversity of uses into the local waterfront.

Public Programming in 2014 has included weekly visits by historic and educational vessels, fishing clinics, dockside environmental education, and more. Human-powered boaters, summer camp, school groups, and educators have also been using the dock as a place to paddle, learn, teach, and play!


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).


IN THE NEWS

And word is spreading quickly about everything this dock has to offer. In just a few short months, the Eco Dock has been featured in several local papers like the Brooklyn Daily, as well as on NY1 and in the NY Daily News!


2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Past and upcoming events at the Bay Ridge Community Eco Dock.

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 and 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 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.


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, 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!
 
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! 
 
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, educational sail on the harbor to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. Led by South Street Seaport Museum's fantastic educators!

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 - no reservations required!

5pm - ONE-WAY Trip from Bay Ridge to Hudson River Park -

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. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th

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

10-11:30am: Public Sail - Click here to register
12-1:30pm: Public Sail - Click here to register
*Reservations required! Only register for a trip if you plan on attending. It is required that you cancel any reservation that you are unable to make at least 48 hours before the 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".

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th

3-5pm: TRIP ON THE HARBOR AND DOCKSIDE OPEN-HOUSE ON TUG PEGASUS

3-4pm - Harbor Tour - click here to register
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.

 

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 - Click here to register

Back by popular demand! Hop aboard Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.'s Clearwater for an open-house from 2pm-3:30pm or pre-register for a 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.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

4 - 7pm: FREE FAMILY FISHING CLINIC WITH THE AMERICAL LITTORAL SOCIETY - No reservations required!

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.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26th

3pm - 6pm: FREE DOCKSIDE TOURS ABOARD SLOOP CLEARWATER
3-6pm - Dockside Open-House, no registration required!

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. 


The design of the dock is the result of a two year long community involvement process, which incorporated feedback from the hand-powered boating community and large vessel operators into the dock designed by Ocean & Coastal Consultants, a marine engineering and design firm. Numerous charettes, meetings, and site visits were conducted in order to ensure the design would be accessible to the widest possible range of vessels and uses.

Click here to download Eco Dock general design information and specifications or the full handout here.

 

The 69th Street Pier Community Eco Dock represents a new paradigm, envisioning the waterfront as a core element of community recreation, education and vitality. For more information or to let MWA know your ideas for programs, events, and community use of the dock please contact Sara Levy at slevy@waterfrontalliance.org or 212-935-9831 ext. 113.

Additional support provided from: City of New York Parks and Recreation, Hudson River Foundation, Councilmember Vincent J. Gentile, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation- Hudson River Estuary Program, and Borough President Marty Markowitz

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