Rowing for All
Row With Us
Harlem River Community Rowing is a volunteer-driven rowing program in New York City. We provide quality, affordable, accessible rowing opportunities for all New Yorkers, expanding and enhancing access to the Harlem River for on-water physical fitness and recreation. In particular, we serve the communities of Northern Manhattan and the West and South Bronx. HRCR suspended its on-water programs this season in the interest of public health, but we anticipate resuming our regular programming in 2021.
For over 10 years Harlem River Community Rowing has been offering accessible, affordable rowing to New Yorkers, first at Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx and now in Inwood in Upper Manhattan.
We had to cancel our 2020 season because of Covid-19. We’ve kept our equipment in storage all year and will leave it there into 2021 – with the hope that we’ll be back on the water some time in the new year.
Also, we row from Inwood’s Muscota Marsh dock, which is on NYC Parks & Recreation property. We’re grateful for our partnership with NYC Parks and the support it offers us. But because city parks are open to all, we’re currently unable to charge participation fees and must finance our rowing program with grants and fundraising.
We’re participating in a Crowdfunding Challenge through NYC’s Partnerships for Parks. They match every tax-deductible dollar donated, up to $2,500. Donations can be made through our Help Float Our Boats! page on the non-profit crowdfunding platform IOBY – In Our Backyards.
Our Help Float Our Boats page features our HRCR fleet that you see below. To help support HRCR, you can adopt a seat in one of the boats for a suggested donation of $50, or join our Cheering Squad for a suggested donation of $25. Needless to say, you’re welcome to give more!
So check out our IOBY page for Help Float Our Boats! and adopt a seat or join our Cheering Squad.
Please spread the word! We have lots of seats that need adopting!
FREE “Fit to Row” Exercise Series Online
On September 12th, this year's 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.
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. Please donate to our current matching-grant fundraiser, Help Float Our Boats! HRCR is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit. You can also support us by shopping at Amazon Smile or buying HRCR gear.