The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club brings music to their canoes and the shoreline, hosting six socially distanced outdoor events along and on Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal on Saturday, September 12th.
The events are part of City of Water Day organized by the Waterfront Alliance and citywide partners, as well as NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program. #CityofWaterDay is designed to highlight sea-level rise and our city’s urban shorelines.
The Dredgers are Gowanus’ biggest advocate and the group that is giving us access to canoes for your own urban exploration of the Superfund waterway and Gowanus Bay. Take a look at the Gowanus through the eyes of Mark D Phillips who has photographed the canal for over 30 years.
Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk:
9.12.20 11:30am start at Brooklyn Habit, 405 Smith St, BK.
Join the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club for a stroll along our shoreline and streets to view our quirky art and athletic scene. In a neighborhood once notorious for industrial pollution and the death of waterfront marine life, a vibrant renaissance and rebirth is underway. Details and purchase tickets here.
Self-Guided Gowanus Canoe Voyages:
9.12.20 1pm – 5 pm; First come, first served, boathouse at 165 2nd St, BK. PFDs and waivers required.
FREE (donations encouraged) self-guided canoeing of the Gowanus Canal. Bring a friend and we’ll outfit you with equipment and give quick navigation instructions at the dock. Self-guided voyages can be limited to 15-20 min. if there’s a crowd but otherwise, we expect you to return to the dock 15 min. prior to closing. Upon request, we will provide gloves and bags so you may remove trash found along our estuary.
Gowanus Oysters Health Check:
9.12.20 1pm – 2:30 pm Esplanade near Sponge Park and Dredgers boathouse at 165 2nd St, BK. Eels may show.
Join the Dregders and the Billion Oyster Project (BOP) in our effort to restore a sustainable oyster population and to foster awareness, affinity, and understanding of our harbor and urban waterways. We are growing a colony of oysters at the Gowanus Canal and will be checking on their size, health and growth at this event.
Gowanus Watermark Walk:
9.12.20 3pm – 4:30 pm
As part of City of Water Day, the Gowanus Dredgers sponsor this shorewalk to explore and understand the extent of Superstorm Sandy’s flooding around our Gowanus Canal, and reflect on the past and future flows of water in the neighborhood. While we explore ghost streams and imagine future storms intensified by climate change, we will delve into the shared history of water and society along our Gowanus estuary, and imagine the future for this intrepid shoreline. Tickets here. Meet at 575 Union Street, BK for tour of future flood line with Steve Koller.
Pop-Up Folk at Gowanus Dredgers:
9.12.20 5-7 pm
Join singer Vienna Carroll and Gowanus Wildcats step team appearing in a Porch Stomp production at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse for the third in a series of free, Brooklyn-based events usually held in the months leading up to their annual folk festival on Governors Island!
BRIDGES OF BRASS!:
9.12.20 7pm – 8 pm
Funkrust Brass Band takes to canoes on the Gowanus for a blowout that can be heard and seen from Gowanus bridges and esplanades.