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Celebrate City of Water Day with NYC Ferry

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July 7, 2021 Danielle Vito

The Waterfront Alliance and the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) will celebrate the 14th Annual City of Water Day on Saturday, July 10th.

City of Water Day seeks to raise awareness of the region’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise. Today, more than one million people in our region face direct risks from coastal flooding.

NYC Ferry is proud to be the official transportation sponsor of City of Water Day as we are committed to supporting New York’s waterways and community organizations throughout the five boroughs. Sail with NYC Ferry and explore the many In Your Neighborhood events happening throughout the city. Educational activities, entertainment, and opportunities for recreational boating at dozens of waterfronts will be offered within the metropolitan region.

Local organizations and agencies are offering free experiences, including hands-on workshops such as water quality monitoring, and kayaking, rowing, sailing, paddleboarding, and fishing opportunities.

At the Jamaica Bay Festival, family-friendly activities include a guided ferry ride from Wall Street to Rockaway, fishing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, nature walks, and games. At the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhattan, free activities from 11am to 5pm on City of Water Day include self-guided tours of the 1885 tall ship Wavertree and demonstrations by Bowne & Co. printers using the Seaport Museum’s working collection of 19th-century printing presses.

The Billion Oyster Project will host in-person tabling for all ages. Participants will be able to see live oysters, mini structures, learn about Billion Oyster Project programs and how to get involved. Take NYC Ferry to Domino Park or Governors Island to shellabrate!

“With almost 50 events taking place across the region, there are plenty of opportunities for people to enjoy and celebrate our shared waters” said Robert Pirani, Director of the New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program. “We are proud to be working with so many waterfront organizations that are creating a resilient future and grateful for the support of NYC Ferry as our transportation sponsor.”

From kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Beach, rowing and bird watching with Rocking the Boat on the Bronx River, to a family waterfront walk in Red Hook, and educational fishing clinic at East River Park Fire Boat House near the Corlears Hook landing, there’s something for everyone on City of Water Day. Check this interactive map to see all In Your Neighborhood events scheduled throughout the region.

Read more about City of Water day here, and plan your travel with NYC Ferry by visiting our routes and schedules page.


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