We’re on a Mission

kayaking in Manhattan

We’re on a Mission

Manhattan Kayak’s mission is to bring New York City’s 500-mile-long coastline to you.

New York City is our home and the Hudson River is our local water. We call for water justice: clean water, healthy marine life, and safe conditions for people to use the waters. We put locals on the water, form a community, and advocate for healing of the water and healing of the people.

First thing: learn to paddle correctly…that’s why we offer rigorous classes. Once you know how, go exploring safely with a group who’s at your skill level. Kayak and paddle board alongside powerful natural granite foundations that support towers shooting into the sky. Feel the vast ocean move beneath you as you paddle faster and farther to destinations around NYC.

We take frequent paddle trips together and endure the ever-changing sea states. We have fish flipping on our boats and joy comes to us. We feel connected to the Earth and to this water. This is alive and we are alive more than ever!


A note from Eric. He wants to tell you the reason behind it all.

I’m Eric Stiller, owner of Manhattan Kayak Company. Dieter Stiller, my father, brought the first folding kayaks to the USA in the 1950’s. We spent many days paddling our Klepper kayaks on the Delaware River and the Adirondacks. I went to college in Colorado. Some call me a nature lover. But, New York City grew on me. Alone on the water, I dreamt it could be a world-class paddling destination. NYC NEEDED the paddling experience to bring some peace, some calm, and some balance to its warp-speed. Over time, I found like-hearted friends to train and guide paddlers in this unlikely place.

I wrote a news column in the early 1980’s about how NYC should increase its “quality of life” with greenways and blueways. Now, thanks to the Hudson River Park Trust (our landlord), Manhattan’s entire West Side has them! The City of New York has made its waterfronts accessible, enjoyable, and fun.

Come join us and enjoy the best secret space in NYC: the waterways. Book your rental, class, or guided trip today. See you on the water!