PortSide blogs about urban waterways, the BLUEspace, the waterways of the NY-NJ harbor, development plans for the waterfront, the working waterfront, commercial and recreational boating, resiliency and recovery related to Sandy and flooding, PortSide programs, our tanker MARY A. WHALEN and other historic vessels.
Can you find PortSide NewYork a space that we could use for an office for one month? We would also like to use this to sell off a collection of maritime artifacts, part of our fundraising endeavors. We cannot do that from the port where we are not accessible on a walk-up basis.
For owners/brokers of vacant storefronts: it is easier to rent a space that is in use (that's why there are so many pop-up cultural centers). Having PortSide in a space attract a lot of visitors, blog buzz, good press, and good kharma! We always return any space cleaner than we found it. It would be a office for 3-4 people and visiting volunteers. If you have a space or lead on a space, please email us at portsidenewyork(at)gmail.com or call 917-414-0565.
We are looking for a temporary office because tightened Port Authority security regs (as of 2/13) are severely blocking volunteers trying to help us at a time we really need help (see our petition here) Our office is on the historic ship MARY A. WHALEN in a Port Authority containerport where Homeland Security TWIC cards are needed to enter.
As of 2/13, our Director Carolina Salguero is the only PortSide person who can escort guests without TWIC cards to the tanker MARY A. WHALEN. Other PortSide holders of TWIC cards no longer have escort priveledges (including our Shipwork Volunteer Coordinator).
This is a new Port Authority rule. TWIC cards cost about $135, a federal background check and about 2 weeks to get, so we cannot get TWICs for all visitors or volunteers.
So... this means that if Carolina Salguero is out of the office on PortSide business (visiting a potential pier, attending a meeting or conference) all the volunteers offering to help during our crisis have to get out of the office. Last week, Carolina was out of the office almost four days on business.
If Carolina is here, it means that her day is interrupted by biking back and forth six blocks to the gate to get volunteers or visitors coming for appointments.
Carolina can't leave a non-TWIC card holder alone on the boat (even though there are other TWIC card holders in the office), so if we have a guest coming after the first one, she has to take the 1st guest out with her to collect the 2nd guest, etc.
In short, if PortSide had a publicly accessible office right now it would help HUGELY. We don't need phone lines. We run the office on cellphones. We need electricity to power computers and internet access.
If you have a space or lead on a space, please email us at portsidenewyork(at)gmail.com or call 917-414-0565.