Schenectady, N.Y., April 24, 2018 – The Galesi Group today announced that Upstate Kayak Rentals will offer hourly kayak rentals at Mohawk Harbor, Schenectady’s sixty-acre, $500 million waterfront development.

The new kayak launch will operate starting on Memorial Day weekend and running through the fall. Kayak rentals will be available next to the 55 boat – slip marina at Mohawk Harbor. Upstate Kayak Rentals was started by Donna Larkin in 2012. The company now operates two hourly rental walk-up locations and five self-serving kayak rental hubs in the Capital District. The Mohawk Harbor location will host 20 kayaks.

Ms. Larkin said, “We are very excited to add hourly kayak rentals at Schenectady’s Mohawk Harbor this year, which will provide an amazing location to paddle and explore the New York State Canal System. From Mohawk Harbor, paddlers can enjoy a different perspective of Schenectady’s Historic Stockade, the famous Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-In, Glen Sanders Mansion, and of course, Schenectady’s new Rivers Casino and Resort. After returning to the Harbor, paddlers can enjoy beverages and a great meal at Druther’s or Shaker & Vine on the Harbor’s waterfront patio. Upstate Kayak Rentals is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new venue.”

Galesi Group CEO David Buicko said, “We are pleased to offer direct access to the waterfront via our new marina and Upstate Kayak Rentals. Our goal with Mohawk Harbor was to open up the waterfront for all to enjoy. This is another great addition to our work, play live waterfront community.”

Kayaks will be available for the season starting Memorial Day weekend. Rental hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11am to 6pm and 10am to 6pm on weekends.

About the Galesi Group – Headquartered in Schenectady, NY, the Galesi Group has established itself as one of the largest Commercial Real Estate Development firms in New York State. Since 1969, the Galesi Group has committed to the growth and development of Upstate New York. Galesi has tackled complex commercial office projects both locally and on a national level with its current real estate holdings totaling eleven million square feet of industrial, office, medical, and residential space. In addition to Galesi’s diverse real estate portfolio, the Galesi Group of companies is active in third party logistics and oil and gas. For more information, see

About Mohawk Harbor – Mohawk Harbor is a 60-acre master planned community that integrates luxury living, high-tech offices, hotels, restaurants, and retail along one mile of the Mohawk River. When complete, Mohawk Harbor will consist of over 1.4 million square feet, including 206 apartments, 50 condominiums, 24 townhouses, 2 hotels, 100,000 square feet of harbor side retail/dining, 70,000 square feet of Class A Office space, and one of New York State’s first licensed casinos, Rivers Casino & Resort. This pedestrian friendly waterfront development will create public access to the water for boating and recreation and offer community areas with outdoor seating, landscaped green space, and a direct link to the Mohawk Hudson Hike-Bike Trail.

About Upstate Kayak Rentals – Upstate Kayak Rentals originated in 2012 with a dream to get more people paddling on the water and exploring the beautiful waterways of the Capital District. Upstate Kayak Rentals started with a dozen traveling kayaks for rent, and has since grown to a total of 7 different kayak rental locations on the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. There are 2 hourly rental locations – one at the Schenectady Mohawk Harbor, and one at the company’s original location in Waterford, NY, where the Erie Canal meets the Hudson River. Upstate Kayak Rentals also offers 5 self-serving Kayak Rental Hubs, which require the use of a smartphone and Bluetooth technology to unlock and enjoy a pair of kayaks and accompanying equipment. In addition to the hourly rental locations and serve-serving Hubs, Upstate Kayak Rentals maintains a traveling fleet of kayaks that can be rented in connection with parties, business meetings, client development meetings, fundraisers, or other group outings. For more information, please visit:

Galesi Contact:
David Buicko, CEO

Upstate Kayak Rentals Contact:
Donna Larkin