This has been our first real summer week in a while (well, all summer), and the heat makes you yearn for dips in the water. Don’t head to the beach, though, head to the East River instead! Every Saturday for the rest of August, the Village Community Boathouse
and Downtown Boathouse
offer free rowing and paddling
. At Dumbo Cove, in Brooklyn Bridge Park
(right under the Manhattan Bridge) rowers venture out in Whitehall gigs and even sometimes head over to the Brooklyn Bridge, if conditions are right. Kayakers, both singles and doubles, stay within the cove.
Before each session, rowers and paddlers are given an introduction, and are required to wear lifejackets and sign waivers. It's all free (and totally safe, really), and offers a breathtaking new way of looking at New York City. Click here for more information, and then head down to Dumbo Cove on August 22 (11-3pm) and August 29 (2-6pm).
(photo by Nadia Chaudhury)