HRCR is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization committed to offering affordable rowing and expanding waterfront access options for all New Yorkers. We row on the Harlem River, which was the birthplace of rowing in the U.S. but has since fallen into decline due to industrial development and pollution. We’re proud to play a role in championing the river’s recreational opportunities and increasing the presence of non-motorized boats. We relocated to Inwood in spring 2017, after leaving our longtime home in Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx when our space was designated for a youth baseball facility. Since then we’ve worked to re-establish ourselves in Inwood Hill Park, using the Muscota Marsh dock. We work in in partnership with local organizations like NYC Parks, Waterfront Alliance, Row New York, High Bridge Coalition, Harlem River Working Group, and Manhattan Community Board 12.

As a steward of the Harlem River, HRCR’s goals are:

  • To expand waterfront and waterway access options for all New Yorkers
  • To create affordable water-based physical fitness and recreational opportunities, especially for New York’s Upper Manhattan, West and South-Bronx communities
  • To provide on-water access for structured, non-motorized boating activities and instruction in the sport of rowing
  • To create a community boathouse on the Harlem and to contribute to the re-emergence of the Harlem River “Sculler’s Row”.