For the past five seasons, the location has been the nondescript home for East River C.R.E.W., short for Community, Recreation and Education on the Water, a nonprofit that offers New Yorkers the opportunity to get a perspective of the East River few rarely see and teaches people how to row in the East River. You don’t have to know how to swim to sign up. You can be a boating novice. But you do need to climb up and down a ladder, have some arm strength and have the ability to follow directions. The trips take passengers out to Millrock Rookery, a small island between Manhattan and Queens in the shadow of the RFK Bridge, and north to Ward’s Island, where the East and Harlem Rivers converge.
East River Crew meets every Tuesday at 5 p.m. through the summer. All you have to do is show up. Kids and donations are welcome.
For more information, go to www.eastrivercrew.org.