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A place to row, learn & be inspired

Our community will do more than row here. Our rowers–who come from all over New York City–will laugh and work hard here. They will do math homework and write their college essays here. They will learn to row and go fast here. They will push themselves harder than they ever thought possible. They will face challenges and celebrate accomplishments here. At this boathouse, they will find a community of coaches, mentors, tutors, and teammates who are there for them at every turn.

Our Numbers Demonstrate Our Impact

Rowing teaches patience, trust, collaboration, discipline, and confidence. We combine our rowing program with academic tutoring and college prep. We offer creative writing and storytelling courses, provide health and fitness workshops, and combine travel to races with college visits. Row New York’s student-athletes make extraordinary gains across several metrics: social-emotional intelligence, academic, and athletic.




Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern or Other





  • 100% of our students graduate high school 100%
  • 100% of our student-athletes exceed the physical activity level recommended by the CDC 100%
  • 65% of our kids are “college-ready” as defined by the DOE versus just 37% of NYC public school students 65%


88% of our participants show improvement in tenacity, confidence, and positive engagement with the Row New York community— key social and emotional learning skills


96% have matriculated to college (compared to just 57% citywide)


84% of our students row for free

The Row New York Boathouse



The vision is to build an architecturally graceful and welcoming boathouse that serves as an invitation to our entire community. Of course, we will row here. But we also see a revitalized waterfront park that welcomes people with differing physical abilities providing easy access by virtue of a large, thoughtfully designed ADA ramp. Our facility will be environmentally sound, energy-efficient, and in harmony with the local landscape.

“In envisioning a design for a boathouse that will serve a diverse population and be a resource to the community at large, I wanted to create a building that was both functional and accessible, but also one that responded to the Harlem River’s long history as a busy transportation hub. This timber boathouse will fit naturally into the landscape of the riverfront and will transform this stretch of the Harlem River into a lively gathering place for people from all communities.”

-Lord Norman Foster

“We’re excited to be working with Foster + Partners on such an important building for the city. The Boathouse will be a major focal point of Sherman Creek Park, providing access to the waterfront for the surrounding neighborhoods and the growing community  taking advantage of Row New York’s programming. This is an opportunity for architecture to activate city parkland, and for the natural habitat of the Harlem River to become truly accessible.”

-Principal of Bade Stageberg Cox Architecture Jane Stageberg


Boathouse Project Team

Boathouse Project Team
Bade Stageberg Cox
Foster + Partners

Gilbane Building Company
HR & A
Kirkland & Ellis

Envoie Projects LLC
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Peterson Architects

Capital Campaign Lead Donors

Anonymous (1)
Bill Ackman
Barker Welfare Foundation
Jonathan Bloom
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Roxanne & Scott Bok
Karen Brown & William Brown, Jr.
Maria Bournias
Mark Califano
Lisa & Richard Cashin
Katherine & Derek Chang
Chubb Charitable Foundation
Kerry Coffee
Credit Suisse
Aimee Lenar & Morgan Crooks
Jo Ann & John Delafield

Cecile & John Delafield
Barbara & Jonathan Denham
Wilson Ervin
Rachel & Daniel Fisher
Gina Greer
Erich Groos
Heckscher Foundation for Children
Darla Sweet & Raymond Hill
Peter Hunter
Susanna & David Huntington
Jane B. & Eugene E. White Family Foundation
Elizabeth & Ian John
Timothy Kingston
Krehbiel Family Foundation
Christy Loper & Caleb McClennen

Mark Messineo
Mark Michalowski
Shyamli & Robert Milam
Ruthard Murphy
Campbell Myers
Elise Runsdorf Napack & Brian Napack
Jennifer Payette & Jeffrey Peterson
Peter G. Peterson Fund
Thomas Pounds
John Scott
Select Equity Group Foundation
Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation
The Reed Foundation, Inc.
Cameron Winklevoss
Tyler Winklevoss

“In rowing, like life, you win by inches, so everything counts. I’m investing in Row New York and the new boathouse on the Harlem because the coaching, tutoring, and partnering with our student athletes is excellent and effective, and the Norman Foster designed boathouse will be the best in the world-Perfect for the best young people in the world.”
–Dick Cashin, Row New York Supporter

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