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. PortSide is psyched to be growing our CTE summer preservation internship program! We are partnering with the fantastic preservation-themed Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (WHSAD). This program is supported by the NYC Department of Education which pays the students, and by ConEd which supported costs on our end.
On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of superstorm Sandy, PortSide NewYork launches Red Hook WaterStories. Red Hook WaterStories is a major addition to Brooklyn and NYC heritage. 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. It’s a resource for locals, tourists, history buffs, urban-planners, educators, investors, and flaneurs. In 2013, PortSide won a White House “Champions of Change” award and honors from the New York State Senate for Sandy recovery work.
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.