Bringing NYC's BLUESpace to life with WATERfront culture, education, policy, and fun! On the historic ship MARY A. WHALEN
PortSide NewYork brings the BLUEspace of NYC's WATERfront to life. We offer harbor advocacy, and maritime-themed education, culture and community service programs. We are based on the world's only oil tanker cultural center, the "MARY A. WHALEN"
PortSide NewYork is a waterfront-themed non-profit launched in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2005.
We are a living lab creating a model for 21st century urban waterways. Our focus is the water part of the WATERfront, the BLUEspace, NYC’s Sixth Borough.
Our goal is to create a place called PortSide NewYork that shows how to combine the working waterfront, public access and community development. Our mobile program unit, the historic ship MARY A. WHALEN, will come and go from that place.
Our education, culture, workforce development and neighborhood promotion programs - all on a water theme - bring the communities ashore and afloat together, for the benefit of all.
Building on our hurricane Sandy recovery work - which won us an award from the White House award and honors from the NYS Senate - PortSide is developing flood preparedness and resiliency programs and will curate and house a resiliency center.
We use programs such as cultural tourism to help our home neighborhood and show how water-themed programs can boost all waterfront neighborhoods.
Seeking a publicly-accessible location to create the place called PortSide NewYork is an eight-year process and education into impediments to BLUEspace use of NYC's waterfront. This experience informs and strengthens our advocacy work.
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 programs, school programs, community revitalization, advocacy and more.