Rowing for All

Row With Us

Harlem River Community Rowing is a 16-year-old volunteer-driven organization offering free rowing on the Harlem River for all New Yorkers. We’re proud to be expanding and enhancing access to the Harlem River for on-water physical fitness and recreation. In particular, we serve the communities of Northern Manhattan, but all rowers and would-be rowers are welcome.


Our 2023 program includes coached sessions for rowers with basic and advanced skills as well as Learn To Row classes for those completely new to the sport.

We are rowing out of the Muscota Marsh Park, in Inwood (near W. 218th Street and Indian Road, in Manhattan). We have four shells on site, including an 8+ and a 4x.

All rowing takes place on the Harlem River during coached sessions.

We don't charge for our programming and we welcome everyone, regardless of your ability to pay. However, rowing comes with costs and we estimate that we spend about $15 per rower, per session. We rely on grants and donations- please consider donating at whatever level is comfortable for you.

If you'd like to join us on the water, go to the Learn To Row page to find more information. If you have prior rowing experiences, follow the registration instructions on our Rower Resources page

FREE “Fit to Row” Exercise Series Online

On September 12, 2020, to mark the annual City of Water Day, Harlem River Community Rowing was proud to launch our first Fit to Row exercise video as an In Your Neighborhood event sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance and its partners. The 30-minute video features exercises that support and build the muscle groups needed for rowing, and also promotes overall fitness and flexibility. It's available here and also on our YouTube channel.

We thank the Hudson River Foundation, the New York–New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, and the Waterfront Alliance for supporting our first Fit to Row event.

Check back here for updates and links for future videos, or sign up for news about upcoming events.

Contact Us

For information:

For donations: attn. Joy Hecht

Launching from Muscota Marsh Dock, Inwood

West 218th Street and Indian Road

PO Box: 20944, New York, NY10025


As a volunteer-based organization, we rely on the generosity of our friends, supporters and fellow rowers to provide excellent rowing instruction and help us revitalize the Harlem River. HRCR is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit. You can also support us by shopping at Amazon Smile or buying HRCR gear.