On October 6th, I will be circumnavigating the island of Manhattan to raise money for the free public rowing and boatbuilding programs offered by Village Community Boathouse (VCB).
VCB is an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides free public access to the waterways of Hudson River Park, utilizing a fleet of traditional wooden rowboats, most of them built in its shop on Pier 40 in conjunction with local school groups. The free public rowing programs offered by VCB dramatically expand public access to the open space of the waters of New York Harbor.
VCB’s programming is informed by the belief that small boat recreation provides the public with a physical connection to the water and nature that can lead to a sense of stewardship of the waterway. In addition, VCB promotes awareness of the history of the harbor, and the value of the waterfront and the fragile ecosystem of the Hudson River Estuary. VCB’s most enthusiastic constituency is its high school rowers, some of whom attend Stuyvesant High School, located just downriver from Pier 40. Many of the young people who began rowing with VCB in high school have long since graduated. After college they return to VCB to run the High School Program, volunteer for VCB’s Community Rowing Program, and work in the boat shop repairing and building boats. They bring with them valuable maritime skills, learned over their years of involvement with VCB.
Please support our endevour with a generous donation to my Row Around Manhattan!