Written by Alan Bergman Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00Noted outdoors enthusiast Erik Baard will present “The Saline Skyline: Adventures on the New York City Water Trail,” at the next meeting of the North Shore Kayak Club, Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Chest Building, 382 Main Street, in Port Washington. It is open to all and there is free parking available directly across the street at the Town Dock.
Although kayaking in New York City may sound like an oxymoron, the truth is that the city has many wonderful waterways for recreational paddling; from Gateway National Park/Jamaica Bay to the Hudson River to Little Neck Bay to the Gowanus Canal and Bronx River. Mr. Baard will explain the origin and composition of the New York City Water Trail; and highlight the most hassle-free kayaking venues in the five boroughs. He will also describe the planned forthcoming, “City of Water Day.”
Erik Baard is a New York City resident who spent his adolescence on the North Shore of Nassau County. He comes from a long line of professional mariners. His first kayak trip launched from Port Washington in 1996 when his mother insisted that he practice in safer waters before trying his luck in a tiny boat in the big city. He has since paddled and volunteered through the metropolitan region and founded the Long Island City Community Boathouse. He’s working to found a new boathouse focused on lower income youth and to expand his programs to plant indigenous and heirloom fruits throughout the five boroughs. He’s been honored as the 2011 Greenest New Yorker by the NY State “I LOVE NY” campaign for his volunteer efforts.
Professionally, Erik is a writer who has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Village Voice, National Public Radio, Popular Science and other notable media groups. He won the Best Reporting prize from the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for both features and explanatory journalism.
For further information about the North Shore Kayak Club, please contact (917) 400-7041 or (516) 570-6338. The club can also be seen on YouTube.com.