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UPS wants to tear down the former foundry building with ties to Red Hook’s proud maritime past. But the needs of the future can be accommodated without obliterating all of the past.
Get your testimony ready! Two big waterfront items being discussed at the NYC City Council, Wednesday, 4/17/19. Creating a new Office of the Waterfront? Creating a new Director of Ferries and moving NYC Ferry control from the NYC EDC to the NYC DOT?
PortSide partners with Red Hook's P.S. 676, provides programs for all grades.
Get the update on our business plan! An innovative, forward-looking maritime center in Red Hook, Brooklyn!
PortSide NewYork’s 2019 Black History Month program about African American Maritime History (#AfAmMH) is all digital since we have no building space for public programs. We will be posting to our Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram and updating this blogpost with content over the month. Please send us ideas, comment and share.
“this is an oasis” … “Important part of our community for sure” … More voices and photos from 2018 at PortSide NewYork
Our ship MARY A. WHALEN made history! She turns 80 on May 21, 2018, and you can visit for art-making and TankerTours on Sunday May 20. She is the only oil tanker in the world open for public culture, education and job-training programs! Come visit! Come get to know PortSide NewYork! We turn 13 this month!
Participate in MARY Inspiration Day at PortSide NewYork on Sunday 5/20/18! Are you a painter, poet, sketcher, illustrator, photographer, printmaker, choreographer, playwright, puppeteer, sound fabric artist, quilter? Any kind of creative? Come on down! Come create work inspired by our historic ship Mary A Whalen and our evocative maritime location. This event is inspired by the 80th birthday of our ship on 5/21/18 and the diverse artwork she has inspired.
On Martin Luther King Day 2018, PortSide NewYork shares news about the launch our first African American Maritime Heritage programs this year.
If the question is how to make Red Hook, Brooklyn more resilient, Alex Washburn says "the answer is more Brooklyn." His is an answer we much admire
In 2018, PortSide NewYork will make a great leap forward in fulfilling our vision of creating a dynamic, year-round maritime center for you! We are doing a new business plan for building space alongside our ship. Get involved!
Spread some holiday cheer! Singing burns calories, right? :-) Spread joy from the Miccio Center, through the Houses to the cats in the creche opposite the VFW, and further if we are into it! Or given the damp forecast, come to our ship MARY A. WHALEN and warm up by the galley stove with a cup of holiday cheer.
Want to see boats? Authentic maritime activity? Learn about boats? Get a job on one? Visit us to see, learn, talk to crew! You can also just sit on our deck during TankerTime and soak it all up, or bring a school group to experience all this. Sit on our deck while waiting for the NYC Ferry.
PortSide’s WaterStories education programs reflect our interdisciplinary sensibility and creativity in deploying our ship, our location and our harbor to teach many topics - often many at once!
4th graders from Washington Heights in New York City prompted PortSide NewYork to create a new educational program: tankers and oil spill prevention. The kids are part of an after-school program "First Lego League" designed to grow interest in STEM topics. It's working!
One of our #Sandy5 projects is to thank people who helped during #Sandy #recovery. It makes them (and us) feel good and provides a resiliency lesson in remembering what worked. Here's our list!
At Sandy5, find out about new PortSide Sandy/resiliency programs and a request to help us as we helped others recover for that superstorm.
The experience of the summer 2017 preservation internship at PortSide, in the interns own words.
PortSide NewYork goals for youth development and ship preservation during the Summer 2017 preservation internship, and how we run this program.
In this era of Charlottesville, anti-immigrant politics and Muslim bans, I want to share how PortSide NewYork is celebrating different cultures and bringing different people together. One of our means is music and evening TankerTime on the MARY A. WHALEN. In doing so, we continue the traditions of Red Hook and port districts in general.
Great TankerTours day! We were honored to receive a Congressional Record from Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. Councilman Carlos Menchaca spoke. Visitors included some 150 happy people and one dog.
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6:30-8:30a.m.
Aboard ship MARY A. WHALEN
Next to the new NYC Ferry dock, near the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Time for your input! A $20,000 art project about climate change and making Red Hook more resilient is launching February 2017! Come to the meetings and share this link!
2016 year in photos at PortSide NewYork!
Frenchman Nicolas Anderson of Red Hook offered to cook and serve free cassoulet for volunteers which attracted a large, happy and productive crowd.
This year our partnership with Local 806, the bridge painters of District Council 9 (DC9) really ramped up. They are using the MARY A. WHALEN as a training site.
Richard Evans describes how he spotted PortSide's "volunteer!" banner while biking and weeks later finds himself executing careful repairs to the 78-year old wheelhouse windows, and working with summer interns.
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