2013-10-11 / Columnists

Go Parks!

By Nate Grove


BYOK – bring your own kayak to one of NYC Parks’ beautiful launches. BYOK – bring your own kayak to one of NYC Parks’ beautiful launches. Swimming season at the beach is now a fond memory but new adventures await you at NYC Parks’ thirteen marinas citywide. NYC Parks runs or oversees boating amenities for the public throughout the city, and one is a great family charter fishing business offering daily fishing excursions with Captain Nick of Never Enuff Fishing at our World’s Fair Marina, right here in Queens.

If you haven’t been to the World’s Fair Marina in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, you still have time to Go Fish with Captain Nick and his crew. But first here’s an overview of the many activities you can do to celebrate the great blue outdoors now.

Parks serves over 3,000 boaters annually along with hundreds more kayakers and canoers who use our citywide Water Trail. Whether you’re an expert paddler looking to launch your boat into NYC’s wide open waters, or just looking for an outdoor adventure for you and your family, Parks has a way for you to explore the city’s waterways. Type in “Go Paddle” at the Parks’ website www.nyc.gov/parks to learn more about our popular human-powered boating opportunities.


A local fisherman proudly hoists his catch of the day – a striped bass fit for a king and his entire family. Photo courtesy of Never Enuff Fishing. A local fisherman proudly hoists his catch of the day – a striped bass fit for a king and his entire family. Photo courtesy of Never Enuff Fishing. In addition to human-powered boating, our 79th Street Boat Basin in Manhattan and Sheepshead Bay Piers in Brooklyn support a full range of vessels including recreational motor boats, large special event charter boats, fishing charters, sailing excursions and more. For information on our marinas, type in “Boating” at www.nyc.gov/parks.

Every year Parks’ marina division hosts hundreds of students from schools, recreation centers, summer camps and youth groups to learn about boating, water safety, and marine ecology through our free “Meet the Dockmaster/Learn About Boats” public programs at the marinas. Parks’ expert dockmasters instruct groups of students in nautical knot tying, how to secure a vessel to the docks, properly put on a life vest, and use a throw line to toss a safety ring to someone in the water. Visitors learn about marina ecology and identification of the many species of birds and fish that inhabit our bays, rivers and estuaries. Parks’ marinas coordinate programs with Urban Park Rangers and our dockmasters schedule sails aboard the educational tall ships that dock at our marinas each year. Check the Parks Calendar for the upcoming 2014 “Meet the Dockmaster/ Learn About Boats” program schedule. And it’s free.


The Never Enuff III awaits. Photo courtesy of Never Enuff Fishing. The Never Enuff III awaits. Photo courtesy of Never Enuff Fishing. When it opened in 2011, Never Enuff Fishing returned charter fishing to northern Queens for the first time in decades. Located at the World’s Fair Marina in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, charters run through the end of November. The Never Enuff III sails at 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily, offering your choice of a full day or evening session of fishing. No need to bring a pole, the trip includes top-of-the-line Shimano fishing gear, bait and tackle, fish-finding technology, and plenty of local knowledge. The vessel can accommodate up to 50 anglers per charter and is equipped with a gallery offering snacks for purchase, as well as separate men’s and women’s restrooms.

The smaller Never Enuff, a downeast style lobster boat, is available for private charters to individuals or small groups of up to six, and provides guests with the same top-of-the-line Shimano fishing gear but in a more personalized environment. Call 516- 322-7442 or go to www.neverenufffishing.com for directions, rates, specials, fishing reports, and more.

To find the perfect way to get in touch with your inner sea captain, go to www.nyc.gov/parks to discover all the places that you, your family, and your friends can get out there and Go Paddle, Go Boating, and Go Fish! Go Parks!

Nate Grove is Senior Manager of Marinas at NYC Parks & Recreation.

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