Rowing for All


Thank you to everyone who donated to our BUY A SEAT IN OUR FLEET campaign! We raised $10,375. This gives us the means to get our season started. We've already begun using these funds to buy parts and supplies in order to maintain and repair our precious equipment. Soon, we will put money from this fundraiser towards coaching, boat-trailering, and more.

We also want to thank the crowdfunding platform In Our Backyards and the Partnership for Parks Crowdfunding challenge, which matched $2,500 of our small-donor donations.

HRCR has big plans for an expanded FREE rowing program in 2022. Every person who supported us in this fundraising effort is helping to make this a reality. We’ll see you on the river soon!

Row With Us

Harlem River Community Rowing is a 15-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.


Covid forced us to suspend programming in 2020, but we got back on the water in fall 2021, offering weekend rows in conjunction with Row New York from the Peter Jay Sharp boathouse dock.

In 2022, we plan to return to our Inwood/Washington Heights location, rowing from the newly rebuilt dock in Muscota Marsh Park.

We’re currently working to get all of the pieces in place to get on the water. This includes equipment repair as well as finalizing our usage agreement with NYC Parks Department (which oversees the park and dock). Once that’s in place—by the third week of June, 2022, we hope—we’ll roll out our programming, starting with weekend rows—two each on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a novice/return-to-rowing session and a masters recreational session both days.

As the season progresses, we’ll add a Learn To Row program for people who have no prior experience. Learn To Row is a multi-session course designed to give participants a solid grounding in safe technique, boat handling, and rowing terminology so that they can confidently participate in novice sessions.

We also hope to add midweek morning rows and a weekly evening row from mid-July to mid-August.

Our 2022 season will wrap up the first week in November.

If you haven’t already signed up to be notified about program updates, now’s the time!

Just email us at

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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:

Launching from Muscota Marsh Dock, Inwood

West 218th Street and Indian Road


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.