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
Info on Fleet Week 2017 ships in Red Hook, Brooklyn. How to enjoy your time in historic, maritime Red Hook thanks to our in-depth community guide and e-museum Red Hook WaterStories
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.
With some regret, our testimony to the City Council committee on Waterfronts in support of increasing safety on the city's waterways suggests that it is time to propose some new regulations.
Great to see weathered teak woodwork go from grey to gold! Great to see youth learn to do it! Read how Christopher, Christie, Cesar, Devere and Jose describe their summer, in their own words.
On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of Sandy, PortSide NewYork launches Red Hook WaterStories. This is a digital museum with significant resiliency information. The site covers 400+ years of Red Hook waterfront history - NYC’s maritime story in microcosm - and reveals forgotten and overlooked stories from this evocative neighborhood.
PortSide opened the MARY A. WHALEN for Sunday of OHNY Weekend. Our ship MARY worked her magic, and so did our ship cat Chiclet who was a magnet in her own right. Our "Salty Selfies" photo station provided great souvenir moments. We believe in having fun while learning maritime history! If you missed this, come enjoy the main deck for #TankerTime!
I am concerned that superstorm Sandy could drown a good idea. By that I mean, that the focus on protecting NYC from water could prevent NYC from "activating the waterways" with greater and more diverse uses such as advocated by Vision 2020, the city's second comprehensive (and great) waterfront plan. "Activation" is urban planner speak for use them more.
Email just received from Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez office with a lot of info about the Gowanus Canal superfund issues.
In their own words, PortSide's three interns during summer 2015 describe the experience. The three attend WHSAD and are from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Maspeth neighborhoods in NYC.
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