Funded Programs

New York Harbor School

Located on Governors Island, New York Harbor School provides a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers on the water.

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Billion Oyster Project

Billion Oyster Project is a long-term, large-scale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next 20 years and in the process train thousands of young people in New York City to restore the ecology and economy of their local marine environment.

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Fundraising Events

Harbor School Awards Dinner

Join us on Tuesday, February 28. 2017 at the Third Annual Harbor School Awards Dinner to benefit the programs of Urban Assembly New York Harbor School & the work of Billion Oyster Project. For information about sponsorship or to reserve your tickets, contact Carrie Christensen at

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New York Harbor Regatta

On September 16, 2016, New York Harbor Foundation hosted the 6th annual New York Harbor Regatta at Governors Island. Hundreds of sailors and supporters from New York City’s media, finance, education, maritime and business communities came together for a terrific day on the water. While the sailors competed in the J105 and J24/Colgate 26 classes—fans enjoyed an afternoon of cocktails, light bites and networking on the water aboard the spectator boat!

Directly following the racing, sailors, spectators and supporters headed to Governors Island Beach Club for Dark ‘n Stormies, Fishers Island Oysters, live reggae and specialties from top NYC restaurants at the Regatta Bash on the beach—the ideal way to capture the last bit of summer.

Be on the lookout for this year’s event! In the meantime,  visits the event website here for more information.


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Billion Oyster Party

On May 18, 2017 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, get treated to the ultimate oyster experience as we celebrate the movement to restore NY Harbor and our local marine environment. Mingle with over 40 oyster farmers who will be shucking and serving their delicacies and enjoy bites from some of NYC’s top restaurants while learning about oyster culture and restoration. Proceeds from the event will support the five program areas of the Billion Oyster Project.

Click here to view photos from last year’s the event.

Contact Madeline Wachtel at for more information.

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