Check out the below list to locate a City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood event near you! The festival’s In Your Neighborhood activities are organized by some of our more than 800 Alliance Partners. From free kayaking to rowing to hands-on workshops, In Your Neighborhood events offer something closer to home for people of all ages. This year’s City of Water Day offers more than 50 events in 30 locations, throughout the five boroughs, Yonkers, and New Jersey.

Bronx

  • Harlem River Working Group - Location: Lincoln Ave and 132nd St - Time: 12pm-4pm - Public discussion on how to protect the clean water in the Harlem River and Hudson River Estuary.  Catch and release, water testing, fishing, refreshments, and entertainment.
  • Friends of Brook Park - Location: Lincoln Ave and 132nd St - Time: 12pm-4pm - Public discussion on how to protect the clean water in the Harlem River and Hudson River Estuary.  Catch and release, water testing, fishing, refreshments, and entertainment.
  • South Bronx Unite - Location: Lincoln Ave and 132nd St - Time: 11am-3pm - Public discussion on how to protect the clean water in the Harlem River and Hudson River Estuary.  Catch and release, water testing, fishing, refreshments, and entertainment.
  • Bronx Council for Environmental Quality - Location: Lincoln Ave and 132nd St - Time: 12pm-4pm - Public discussion on how to protect the clean water in the Harlem River and Hudson River Estuary.  Catch and release, water testing, fishing, refreshments, and entertainment.
  • NYC Parks - High Bridge: Rebirth of the Harlem River - Location: Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse at E. 193rd St - Time: 8am-5pm - Exhibition of contempory photographs celebrating the recent reopening of the High Bridge, NYCs oldest existing span, as well as the Harlem River waterfront and parks. Exhibition 8am-5pm, meet & greet reception 2pm-5pm
  • Rocking the Boat - Location: Hunts Point Riverside Park - Time: 1pm-6pm - Community rowing is an opportunity for the general public to be immersed in the natural beauty surrounding Hunts Point, a neighborhood with water on three sides, but rarely associated with its valuable maritime resources. Participants learn about the social and ecological history of the Bronx River as they explore it aboard Rocking the Boat’s student-built wooden rowboats, taking advantage of the open space, cleaner air, and quiet found on the water.
  • CityScience - Location: Barretto Point Park - Time: 11am-4pm - CityScience will provide a hands-on event to develop environmental awareness for the special water features of Barretto Point Park. The "Tidal Pools" event will ask the question: how do the tides change? Visitors will learn about our planetary forces and their effects on a tidal pool as well as the cycle of the moon, developing a paper model to display the tidal systems. Additionally, visitors will explore the organisms of the waterfront with a hands-on exploration. This event will be great for families with children and will be guided by a CityScience STEM coach.
  • Tugboat the Bronx - Location: In the Bronx River at Concrete Plant Park - Tugboat the Bronx will lead a flotilla of small boats down the Bronx River for crowd viewing at Concrete Plant Park.
  • Bronx River Alliance - Location: In the Bronx River at Concrete Plant Park - Time: 2pm-3pm - Public kayaking at Concrete Plant Park.

Brooklyn

  • Partnership for Parks/Catalyst Program - Location: Kaiser Park, Neptune Ave. between Bayview Ave. & W. 33rd St. - Gardening projects, Coney Creek tours, biking, and various water related activities.
  • City Parks Foundation - Location: Kaiser Park, Neptune Ave. between Bayview Ave. & W. 33rd St. - Gardening projects, Coney Creek tours, biking, and various water related activities.
  • Coney Island Beautification Project - Location: Kaiser Park, Neptune Ave. between Bayview Ave. & W. 33rd St. - Time: 11am-3pm - Gardening projects, Coney Creek tours, biking, and various water related activities.
  • National Parks Consevation Association - Location: Kaiser Park, Neptune Ave. between Bayview Ave. & W. 33rd St. - Time: 10am-2pm - NPCA will host an information table and give a brief talk on existing transportation routes and alternatives to Gateway NRA, Jamaica Bay, and other waterfront properties in south Brooklyn and south Queens.
  • Gowanus Bay (GBX) Terminal & Vessal Loujaine - Location: Gowanus Bay Terminal, 699 Columbia St. at the Loujaine - The large Grain Terminal (locally known as the Grey House) at the Gowanus Bay Terminal (GBX), and the Cement Silo Vessel M/V Loujaine (the 500 ft. massive bulk carrier next to the Grain Terminal) as well as the historic Yankee Ferry will be holding an open house throughout the day.
  • Yankee Ferry - Location: Gowanus Bay Terminal, 699 Columbia St. at the Ferry - Open house throughout the day. Material describing history of the Yankee Ferry and its future.
  • Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park - Location: Bushwick Inlet Park, N. 15th St. to N. 9th St. along Kent Ave. - Time: 10am-3pm - We will be having a water to land #wheresourpark event to highlight the fact that the city has not fulfilled its 2005 promise to complete Bushwick Inlet Park.
  • Riverkeeper - Location: Bushwick Inlet Park, N. 15th St. to N. 9th St. along Kent Ave. - Time: 10am-3pm - Presentation on water quality of New York's waterways
  • North Brooklyn Boat Club - Location: Bushwick Inlet Park, N. 15th St. to N. 9th St. along Kent Ave. - We will be having a water to land #wheresourpark event to highlight the fact that the city has not fulfilled its 2005 promise to complete Bushwick Inlet Park.
  • Greenpoint Monitor Museum - Location: Bushwick Inlet at 56 Quay St. - Time: 10am-6pm - Monitor Museum information and information on the history of Bushwick Inlet.
  • Brooklyn Atlantis - Location: Whole Foods at 3rd St. & 3rd Ave/Gowanus Canal - Time: 12pm-4pm - Come explore above and below the surface of the historic Gowanus Canal by piloting miniature remote control boats and aquatic robots equipped with video cameras and environmental sensors.
  • Sebago Canoe Club - Location: Jamaica Bay & Paedegat Basin, Foot of Ave N, 1400 Paerdegat Ave North - Time: 10am-3pm - Kayaking & canoeing on Jamaica Bay

Manhattan

  • Randall's Island Park Alliance - Location: Randall's Island, at the landing of the 103rd St. pedestrian bridge across from fields 83 & 84 - Time: 10am-2pm - Natural Areas Exploration Day - Celebrate the incredible life and history of our harbor with lots of fun games, information, and crafts for the whole family!
  • Inwood Canoe Club - Location: West Harlem Piers, W. 135th St at the Hudson River - Time: 12:30pm-3pm - Public demonstrations of kayaking skills and short kayak trips.
  • West Harlem Art Fund - Location: West Harlem/12th Ave & W.125th St. - Time: 1pm-9pm - Community festival celebrating the West Harlem under the elevated highway, and the West Harlem Piers. Family activities with food, entertainment, biking, skating, art and other cultural activities.
  • Manhattan Community Boathouse - Location: 71st St. Pier/Riverside Park - Time: 10am-5pm - Walk up community kayaking and Hudson River Estuary information.
  • Brookfield Properties & Offshore Sailing School - Location: North Cove Marina, Battery Park City, Vesey St. at the Hudson River - Time: 11am, 12pm, 1pm - Free sailing for the first 45 people to sign up! This is first come first serve. Sign-ups will take place at the marina edge. 

Paths to Pier 42

  • Lower East Side Ecology Center - Location: Pier 42, Montgomery St. at the East River - Time: 2pm-6pm - Activities include: Arts & crafts for children, music, environmental presentation, various childrens games and activities, Pier 42 visioning.
  • iLand (interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance) - Location: Pier 42, Montgomery St. at the East River - Time: 1pm-6pm - A series of themed, interdisciplinary workshops that will bring together a range of practitioners in the Lower East Side, ranging from arts to science to community organizing, to initiate collaborative thinking about the waterfront in relation to the diverse practices and cultural traditions alive in the area. The workshops will inform the development of three interdisciplinary residences that will generate public engagement and research to help shape our relationship to the waterfront and influence future public programming on Pier 42 and the nearby Pier 35
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Location: Pier 42, Montgomery St. at the East River - Time: 2pm-6pm - As part of City of Water Day, join us at Pier 42 for an afternoon of family friendly activities that include art performances and installations, and hands-on science projects. At the pier, you’ll also have the chance to meet the artists and designers who have created with neighborhood residents this year’s Path to Pier 42 large-scale art installations and participatory community projects.
  • Two Bridges Neighborhood Council - Location: Pier 42, Montgomery St. at the East River - Time: 2pm-6pm - Join the Pier Ambassadors on a walking tour to Pier 42! 1:30PM, Primitive Church (209 E. Broadway). Enjoy performances and hands-on science, art and ecology activities for kids! Discover river ecology + fishing clinics! Learn about the east side coastal resiliency project: a HUD-funded portion of the "Big U". Popsicles by CitySticks free for first 50 kids! 

Hudson River Park

  • Lilac Preservation Project - Location: Pier 25, North Moore & West Street, 225 West St. - Time: 1pm-8pm - Learn to tie knots like a sailor with LILAC crew and participate in sailing demonstrations by Sailors NYC on board or join Hudson River Park educators for fishing lessons on the pier.  Back on deck, costumed characters from the Broadway show On the Town will pose for photos with visitors from approximately 1:00 to 3:30. At 7:00 Lilac Arts Series offers a performance from Brendan Fernandes with Ryan Josey. Enter drawings for prizes including On the Town merchandise and tickets, a one-year membership and sailing lessons from Sailors NYC, and LILAC shirts.
  • Sailors NYC - Location: Pier 25, North Moore & West Street - 225 West St. - Time: 1pm-7pm - Get your photo taken with sailors from the acclaimed Broadway show On the Town, sail model sailboats, learn to tie knots, and catch a Lilac Art Series music & dance performance by Brendan Fernandes with Ryan Josey.
  • Hudson River Park Trust - Location: Hudson River Park - Time: 1pm-5pm - Educators from Hudson River Park Trust will be giving catch & release fishing lessons, and have river critter touch tanks to discover the marine life in our waterways.
  • River Project - Location: Pier 40, Houston St. at the Hudson River, 333 West St. - Time: 2pm-5pm - Visit the Wetlab. The River Project will be doing fish anatomy and identification demonstrations, sediment exploration using a sediment dredge, and trap checking. Catch & release fishing. Experience the fish touch tanks and other hands on components for all ages.
  • Downtown Boathouse - Location: Pier 26, North Moore St. at the Hudson River - Time: 9am-6pm - Free kayaking on the Hudson River for the public.
  • Hudson River Community Sail - Location: Pier 66, 26th St. at Hudson River Park - Time: 9:30am-5pm - Free & low-cost sailing with multiple departures. Free interactive sailing workshops.
  • Manhattan Community Boathouse - Location: Pier 96, 56th St. at the Hudson River - Time: 10am-6pm - Walk up community kayaking and Hudson River Estuary information.

Queens

  • Urban Park Rangers - Location: Hallets Cove, 31st Ave. at Vernon Blvd - Time: 10am-2pm - Catch & release fishing
  • NYC DEP - Location: Hallets Cove, 31st Ave. at Vernon Blvd - Time: 10am-2pm
  • Hunters Point Parks Conservancy - Location: Gantry State Park, 48th Ave. and Center Blvd - Time: 12pm-4pm - Morning: Gardening in the park, Afternoon: Narrated tour around Gantry State Park; Commemoration for Bill Bilyeski
  • Green Shores NYC - Location: Gantry State Park, 48th Ave. and Center Blvd - Time: 12pm-4pm - Yoga, catch & release fishing off of pier, family friendly events

Staten Island

  • National Lighthouse Museum - Location: National Lighthouse Museum, 5 Bay St. - Time: 10am-4pm - Walking tour of Lighthouse historic district and history plus tour of the museum.
  • Alice Austen House - Location: Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd - Time: 11am-5pm - The Alice Austen House will be open for public self-guided tours. There will be historical and environmental information available. The museum is located on waterfront grounds facing the New York Harbor. Bring your cameras.

Yonkers

  • Groundwork Hudson Valley Science Barge - Location: Groundwork Hudson Valley Science Barge, 22 Main St, docked at Yonkers Pier - Time: 12pm-6pm - Community ecological demonstrations suitable for all ages from children to seniors.
  • Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) - Location: Beczak Environmental Educational Center, 35 Alexander St. - Time: 11am-12pm & 2pm-4pm - Hudson River family seining. Catch and release. Hands on nature programs for curious kids ages 5-12. Although free, your preregistration on the host website is required.

New Jersey

  • Hackensack Riverkeeper - Location: Hackensack River at Laurel Hill Park - Time: 9am-6pm - Public kayaking and ecological discussions of the area. Paddling center staff will be available to answer question about the history and ecology of the Hackensack River Watershed, including the New Jersey Meadowlands and other local water and wetlands environments. Informative literature will be available free of charge.  WEATHER PERMITTING rentals of kayaks & canoes.
  • Hackensack Riverkeeper - Location: Overpeck Creek at Overpeck County Park - Time: 9am-6pm - Public kayaking and ecological discussions of the area. Paddling center staff will be available to answer question about the history and ecology of the Hackensack River Watershed, including the New Jersey Meadowlands and other local water and wetlands environments. Informative literature will be available free of charge.  WEATHER PERMITTING rentals of kayaks & canoes.
Material describing history of the Yankee Ferry and its future.