Welcome To The Village Community Boathouse!

The Village Community Boathouse thanks you for rowing with us during the 2022 season. Public rowing will resume in April 2023. Please join us over the winter for Community Boatbuilding on Wednesdays and Sundays at noon!

The Village Community Boathouse (VCB) is an all volunteer, donation-based nonprofit located on the south side of Pier 40 in Hudson River Park where we build traditional wooden rowing craft and take people out rowing for free. Our mission is to improve public access to our urban waterways and to introduce the public, especially young people, to the joys of rowing and sailing in New York Harbor; to advance the environmental stewardship of the estuary; and to foster a tradition of maritime hospitality and fellowship.VCB puts thousands of students, residents and international visitors on the water every year. Our boats provide a physical connection to the water to all who live in, work in, or visit Manhattan.

From April through November, VCB offers free Community Rowing on Wednesdays and Sundays. Our boatbuilding shop also welcomes volunteers on Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00. Discover how we maintain our fleet and build new boats. No experience necessary.

In addition to providing free public rowing and community boatbuilding, VCB sponsors rowing clubs at Stuyvesant High School and the Harbor School, and offers special events such as races, round-Manhattan rows, and camping expeditions. Every year VCB introduces thousands of residents and visitors to the waterways of New York City. Bounding over wakes and waves, dodging traffic in the shipping lanes, the rowers feel the power of the wind and tide, great forces of nature sweeping through the heart of the city.