We bring NYC's BlueSpace to life, help revitalize Red Hook, preserve the historic ship MARY A. WHALEN!
PortSide NewYork, we bring NYC's BlueSpace to life. Harbor advocacy, educational, arts and community service programs based on the world's only oil tanker cultural center, the "MARY A. WHALEN"
NewYork is a waterfront-themed non-profit launched in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2005. Our offices and many of our programs are aboard the historic
ship MARY A. WHALEN - the only oil tanker in the world used as a cultural center. Currently, she is in the Red Hook Container Terminal
and only accessible by appointment.
Our vision is to create a PLACE where people come by land and water, and where our diverse programs serve the communities ashore and afloat.
Our mission is to create change on the waterfront: more and better use of NYC’s Sixth Borough, the waterfront BlueSpace. This effort represents the second phase of NYC's waterfront revitalization (the first phase was "access," just getting people to the edge). PortSide leads in creating educational, cultural and economic activity once you get there.
We are devoted to our home neighborhood Red Hook, and many of our programs are designed to aid Red Hook's revitalization (while showing how water-themed programs can boost all waterfront neighborhoods in NYC).
Seeking a publicly-accessible place for ourselves and our ship is, at this point, an eight-year process-and education in how to improve NYC's waterfront! Join our cause and help push for a more active and boat-friendly waterfront in NYC!While seeking a place to call home, we have operated as a pop-up and created many of NYC’s most distinctive waterfront events.
We are fun; we are serious. What links our diverse programs is our Sixth Borough BlueSpace theme. PortSide programs include waterfront history and contemporary events, the working waterfront (past, present and future), maritime preservation, visiting vessels and other boating events, cultural , community revitalization, advocacy and more.
Sandy was a BlueSpace
wake-up call of the darkest sort, and we rapidly developed programs in
response. See the Sandy link above. We set up and ran a Sandy aid center in Red Hook, and we are
creating programs to aid community resiliency, in and out of Red Hook, to
floods. April 2013. PortSide won a White House award for our Sandy recovery work. In June, we were also honored by the New York State Senate for that work.