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East River CREW ( Community Rowing & Education on the Water)

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East River C.R.E.W. is a grassroots nonprofit organization that offers a portal into adventure: East River rowing and education.

Founded: 1999

Phone: +1 212-427-3956




Mission: East River Community Recreation and Education on the Water (C.R.E.W.) seeks to impart a love for, and an understanding of, the waters of the East River community of New York City. Through educational and recreational activities, we will promote the stewardship of our waters.

Information: Welcome to East River C.R.E.W. We are a grassroots nonprofit organization that offers a portal into adventure, friendship, hands-on learning, exploration, new perspectives, advocacy and a whole lot of fun.

We offer free non-competitive rowing and learning opportunities about the East River to people of all ages who do not need to be athletic nor have previous rowing experience. Whether you’re a first-timer and want to try your hand at a new endeavor, interested in volunteering or seeking to re-experience the waters around New York City, we wholeheartedly welcome you to join us!

Tuesdays (weather permitting, May - October):
> 4:30-4:45pm meet at our boat container (95th/96th sts & FDR southbound service road)

> OR 5pm meet us at the 96th St/Esplanade davit (where we raise & lower the boats)
> Short rows last between 20-60 minutes (or sometimes even longer), depending on how many folks are waiting in line and sundown. If a participant, for whatever reason, unexpectedly needs to return to the Esplanade earlier, that's fine too.

Experienced rowers and people who want to try their hand at rowing either meet us at our boat container to help bring the Whitehall gigs over to the East River, or they join us at the our departure point on the Esplanade.

• Directions to the Boat Departure Point: 96th Street and the East River Esplanade

By Bus: Take the M96 crosstown bus heading east on 96thStreet and disembark at the last stop (at 96th Street & First Avenue), which is just 1½ blocks away from the water!

By Subway: Lexington Avenue #6 train to East 96th Street, walk east down the hill 4½ for four and a half blocks, or take the M96 bus from just north of Lexington Avenue.

By Foot: Walk under the FDR highway and across its exit ramp, onto The East River Esplanade. That is where our Go-Fish and rowing activities take place. You will also see our davit near the water. This boat hoist lifts and lowers the boats into and out of the water.

• Directions to the Container/Boathouse: near East 95th Street on the FDR Access Road
East River C.R.E.W’s shipping container, which contains our two 25-foot handmade Whitehall gigs and equipment, is located along the service road leading from the FDR Drive and between 95th and 96th Streets. For use, the boats are transported across the FDR access roads and on to the promenade via two-wheel dollies.

Walk east of First Avenue on 96th Street, and just before walking under the FDR highway, turn right onto the southbound FDR access road (which merges onto York Avenue). Our large green shipping container is on the sidewalk adjacent to the fence alongside Stanley Isaacs Park. It is the southernmost and largest of the two green containers, and its south entrance is where we can be found before or after rowing.



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