For centuries, the Hudson River has inspired generations of New Yorkers— from Native American Tribes, who named it Mahicantuck or the “river that flows two ways,” to current city residents looking for an escape from the urban jungle.

Kayaking instructor and expert Eric Stiller inherited his love for the water and the river from his entrepreneur father, who imported and distributed folding kayaks from Europe since the late 1950s in New York City.

Stiller turned his love for the water into a career with Manhattan Kayak, an instructional and touring program he runs out of the Pier 84 Boathouse at West 44th Street and the Hudson River Park.

For him, paddling and kayaking in New York City’s miles-long waterways is more than just recreation.

“There is a real and true sport to know and learn,” he said.


Produced, filmed and edited by: Naoufal Enhari.

“Water Ways” is a web series about New Yorkers and their connection to the more than 500 miles of waterfront surrounding the New York City area.