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Cool down at City of Water Day this weekend

Waterfront alliance and local officials announced the eighth annual City of Water Day.


Kick back and cool off this Saturday at the eighth annual City of Water Day.

Local officials joined the Waterfront Alliance in the North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place in Battery Park to announce the free waterfront events and activities taking place on Saturday in all five boroughs and Hoboken at the largest regional waterfront festival.

“Water is a treasured natural resource in this region,” said Hoboken City Council President Ravinder Bhalla.

City of Water Day anticipates more than 25,000 visitors and will offer a number of free recreational activities including kayaking, fishing, gardening, yoga and more.

The festival will also feature the Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race with a record number of 25 teams signed up to participate.

Thursday’s announcement included a preview Cardboard Kayak Race between boathouses from all five boroughs and Hoboken.

The teams started building their cardboard kayaks at 9:30 a.m. and had until 11:45 a.m. to finish.

With just cardboard, clear and black tape every team successfully constructed boats that floated in the North Cove Marina instilling a confidence in their borough officials before the race even began.

“Brooklyn Sebago, you’re going to kick some butt out there,” saidBrooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna.

After all the kayaks were successfully in the water and the safety kayaks were in place, the race began.

Staten Island motored ahead while the other boroughs paddled behind.

Manhattan and Hoboken sunk before making it to the finish line. Queens came in fourth, Brooklyn in third, Bronx in second and Staten Island in first.

After the race finished, Staten Island turned around to go pick up Manhattan’s rower.

Saturday’s race will be about four times the size of today’s preview.

The City of Water Day goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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