Second Sunday TankerTime
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

Second Sunday TankerTime

Second Sundays TankerTime, 5pm to midnight, May through September. FREE. Enjoy the main deck of PortSide's historic ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN.  Bring dinner, drinks, a book... Lounge in a hammock, read books from our maritime library. Stretch out in a lounge chair, immerse yourself in the maritime ambiance of our location .At 9 pm, the musicians jam of Mediterranean music starts and runs until midnight. Get a sense of the vibe here. Photo at left [Pascal Perich]

Part of the “MARY Month of May” festival in honor of the 80th birthday or our ship MARY A. WHALEN.

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Second Sunday TankerTime
Aug
12
5:00 PM17:00

Second Sunday TankerTime

Second Sundays TankerTime, 5pm to midnight, May through September. FREE. Enjoy the main deck of PortSide's historic ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN.  Bring dinner, drinks, a book... Lounge in a hammock, read books from our maritime library. Stretch out in a lounge chair, immerse yourself in the maritime ambiance of our location.

At 9 pm, the musicians jam of Mediterranean music starts and runs until midnight. Get a sense of the vibe here

This August Second Sundays TankerTime will be blessed, for the second year in a row, by participants from the Balkan music camp in the Catskills that ends that weekend. We expect 5-10 of their musicians. You can hear some of them in the videos of this blogpost.

In addition, we will introduce the soft-launch of a WaterStories Quiz game show, another production by the inventive empresario Nicolas Anderson.  Prizes courtesy of Wet Whistle Wines and Brooklyn Ice House.

[Photo at left by Pascal Perich]

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Ship AMISTAD at PortSideNewYork
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Ship AMISTAD at PortSideNewYork

The ship AMISTAD will come to PortSide NewYork alongside our ship MARY A. WHALEN for free public tours

Two dates:
Tues, 7/24, 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
Sat,    8/11, 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm

In 1839, Mende captives from Sierra Leone took control of the ship Amistad. They were unable to navigate back to Africa, and their ship was captured and towed into New London, Connecticut.  The Mende were faced with slavery or execution, and their cause was taken up by many residents in Connecticut.  U.S. Circuit and District courts ruled in favor of the Mende. This case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court; and in 1841, this court agreed with the lower court decisions and the Mende captives were ordered freed.
The replica Amistad is the flagship ambassador of Connecticut today.

PortSide’s MARY A WHALEN, is at Pier Pier 11, near NYC Ferry, Red Hook
Enter Atlantic Basin at the foot of Pioneer & Conover Street
Directions

Part of the African American Maritime Heritage program of PortSide NewYork

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Ship AMISTAD at PortSide NewYork
Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

Ship AMISTAD at PortSide NewYork

The ship AMISTAD will come to PortSide NewYork alongside our ship MARY A. WHALEN for free public tours

Two dates:
Tues, 7/24, 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm
Sat,    8/11, 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm

In 1839, Mende captives from Sierra Leone took control of the ship Amistad. They were unable to navigate back to Africa, and their ship was captured and towed into New London, Connecticut.  The Mende were faced with slavery or execution, and their cause was taken up by many residents in Connecticut.  U.S. Circuit and District courts ruled in favor of the Mende. This case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court; and in 1841, this court agreed with the lower court decisions and the Mende captives were ordered freed.
The replica Amistad is the flagship ambassador of Connecticut today.

PortSide’s MARY A WHALEN, is at Pier Pier 11, near NYC Ferry, Red Hook
Enter Atlantic Basin at the foot of Pioneer & Conover Street
Directions

Part of the African American Maritime Heritage program of PortSide NewYork

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Second Sunday TankerTime
Jul
8
5:00 PM17:00

Second Sunday TankerTime

Second Sundays TankerTime, 5pm to midnight, May through September. FREE. Enjoy the main deck of PortSide's historic ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN.  Bring dinner, drinks, a book... Lounge in a hammock, read books from our maritime library. Stretch out in a lounge chair, immerse yourself in the maritime ambiance of our location .At 9 pm, the musicians jam of Mediterranean music starts and runs until midnight. Get a sense of the vibe here.  [Photo at left by Pascal Perich]

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African American Maritime History Challenge
May
30
4:00 PM16:00

African American Maritime History Challenge

Students from the 5th and 6th grade in Red Hook schools are invited to participate in PortSide's 1st annual African American Maritime History Challenge. Schools can field teams of 3-5 students. Schools pick the teams. Students will make a short oral presentation with any presentation aides they see fit such as a poster, digital slideshow/Powerpoint. 

PortSide is launching an African American Maritime Heritage program to grow awareness of this important and generally overlooked part of American history. The History Challenge will be one of our first events, and we hope it will grow neighborhood-wide Red Hook spirit while educating youth. 

The history challenge webpage has a lot of resources for the students, and the general public, to learn about this topic. If you have content suggestions or want to get involved, please email chiclet@portsidenewyork.org

 

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PortSide invites Red Hook NYCHA
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

PortSide invites Red Hook NYCHA

On Saturday May 26, 1-9pm, PortSide invites Red Hook NYCHA residents to experiences for kids and adults on our historic ship, the tanker Mary A. Whalen.  We want you to have a great day with us, and come back for more!  Experiences that day include: 

Update on raffle items! Raffles will be drawn at 6pm

  • NYC Ferry one (1) 30-Day Pass, a $121 value
  • Wet Whistle Wines: (2) gift certificates, each for two people to go to a wine tasting seminar. Each set of two has a $70 value
  • Brooklyn Ice House (2) $20 gift certificates
  • More coming soon!

Schedule 1:00-6:00pm:

  • TankerTours (tours inside and around the ship)
  • TankerTime (more info below)
  • 2pm dance performance by youth from Cora Dance 
  • 3pm Peter Piper the Balloon Meister makes balloon toys for kids and adults
  • time to be announced: a book reading for children
  • time to be announced: a talk about African American Maritime Heritage
  • ArtTable and maritime toys for kids
  • line-throwing with Arsenio Martinez (how crew throw big docklines when docking a tugboat)
  • occasional seagull feeding sessions
  • job info with reps from NYC Ferry and our partners District Council 9 (the painters union)

During the TankerTours, the main deck will be open for TankerTime for people to picnic, relax, read books from our maritime library, children can play with the maritime toys for tots and the ArtTable drawing supplies. 

Schedule 6:00-9:00pm:

After the TankerTours, TankerTime will continue for people to picnic (BYOB and food), relax, read books from our maritime library, play with the maritime toys for tots, use coloring books at the ArtTable. Come socialize or just chill out in a hammock and enjoy the sunset.  

NOTE: one Fleet Week Navy destroyer will be open to the public at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal during the day. Come see two ships!

Part of the “MARY Month of May” festival in honor of the 80th birthday or our ship MARY A. WHALEN.

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Puerto Rican Red Hook Water Stories
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Puerto Rican Red Hook Water Stories

Red Hook is the Plymouth Rock for Puerto Ricans arriving in New York City, starting in the late 1800's and running well into the 1900s, because the ships docked here.  NYC's first Puerto Rican community was here, before Spanish Harlem, and Puerto Ricans remain a significant part of the Red Hook community. The ships dccked in and near Atlantic Basin, where PortSide's ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN is today.  On Friday evening May 25, PortSide invites the community back to where it all began to share their WaterStories heritage. There will be live music by BombaYo, storytelling, potluck food and more. This event is evolving as the word gets out. Get in touch if you have ideas, have a story to share, or want to be involved.  Part of the “MARY Month of May” festival in honor of the 80th birthday or our ship MARY A. WHALEN.

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MARY Art Inspiration Day & Birthday TankerTours
May
20
8:00 AM08:00

MARY Art Inspiration Day & Birthday TankerTours

Calling all creatives! Are you a painter, sketcher, illustrator, poet, photographer?  Come create work inspired by MARY and our evocative maritime location. Find colleagues who are similarly inspired. Artists are invited as of 8:00am; and at 1:00pm, the public is invited for TankerTours of the ship itself. 

We expect many plein air painters, and the Urban Sketchers are involved. Exhibition space is available on the chain link fence next to our ship. We can offer digital exhibit space in our e-museum Red Hook WaterStories for work created that day. More info on our blog post Calling all creatives: participate in MARY Inspiration Day! 

1:00-6:00pm We will offer TankerTours of the ship.  Frank Hanavan will teach a water color class. A few times a year, the ship is open up to the public to explore all the bells and jingles from wheelhouse to engine room, uncommon spaces, tech and social history. 

Part of the “MARY Month of May” festival in honor of the 80th birthday or our ship MARY A. WHALEN.

Images by: Dean Haspiel, Jim Ebersole, Paul Kennedy, Dennis Holt, Christina Sun, unknown crew member of the tug, Stephen Gardner, Lee Berman.  Felt collage at top by Frank Hanavan.

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Red Hook WaterStories: Talk with a Historian
May
15
5:00 PM17:00

Red Hook WaterStories: Talk with a Historian

On social media and in person at the Red Hook Public Library, join the conversation about Red Hook history. We will be asking questions to Red Hook nostalgia groups on Facebook, asking questions in the library, and sharing between the digital and physical conversations. Come tell your stories, and your family stories, of living, working or playing in and around the waters of Red Hook.  Hung out on the Long Pier? Swam at Edison Beach? Worked at Todd's or Busheys? Fishing? Hurricane Sandy? Any neighborhood story that has a water element we want to know.  Don't have a story? Come follow along, ask questions, enjoy the anecdotes with the PortSide team working on our digital museum Red Hook WaterStories.  Part of the “MARY Month of May” festival in honor of the 80th birthday or our ship MARY A. WHALEN.

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Second Sunday TankerTime
May
13
5:00 PM17:00

Second Sunday TankerTime

Second Sundays TankerTime, 5pm to midnight, May through September. FREE. Enjoy the main deck of PortSide's historic ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN.  Bring dinner, drinks, a book... Lounge in a hammock, read books from our maritime library. Stretch out in a lounge chair, immerse yourself in the maritime ambiance of our location .At 9 pm, the musicians jam of Mediterranean music starts and runs until midnight. Get a sense of the vibe here. Photo at left [Pascal Perich]

Part of the “MARY Month of May” festival in honor of the 80th birthday or our ship MARY A. WHALEN.

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