News & how you can make something great happen
In 2018, PortSide NewYork has a means to fulfill our long-standing vision of creating a dynamic, future-focused maritime center that combines working waterfront, public access and community development and connects New Yorkers of all types to the benefits of their waterfront, especially those who are underserved and disconnected. This space will make PortSide a year-round facility that is a asset for all sectors of the Red Hook community, an amenity to users of NYC Ferry and Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, and visiting New Yorkers and tourists.
Tell us what programs and services you want! See info below on how to involved to help make this happen. Help us create a place that all sorts of people want to visit, multiple times, to learn, have fun, get away, find a job and see and get on boats!
Members of the general public please take this survey
Teachers, educators, school administrators, please take this survey
Answers due July 20
See this powerpoint for an overview of our goals, history, and this space.
Backstory: For long-time followers of PortSide, yes, this is the space that the EDC promised us years ago. The space is inside the Pier 11 warehouse in Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn next to our ship MARY A. WHALEN. We have been pushing to get this building space since the ship returned here summer 2015. November 2017, the then-new President of the NYC EDC James Patchett offered us a way to get the previously-promised building space Patchett asked us to create a new business plan, he said "our goal is to see you succeed." We are working on that plan. It is due August 10, 2018.
Goals for the site: This space will finally allow us to create the place "PortSide NewYork" that we have long planned: Here authentic maritime and creative Brooklyn meet. It’s a homeport and community center that serves our immediate neighborhood and is a magnet for visitors by land and sea. PortSide will expand and grow programs that offer education, culture, fun and a pipeline to marine careers. Here, you can experience WaterStories film screenings, book readings, and talks year-round (not just in summer on the deck of the MARY A. WHALEN). You can attend exhibits that illuminate waterfront issues, art, maritime and marine life topics, and see our collection of Red Hook artifacts, the physical companion to our e-museum Red Hook WaterStories. Maritime classroom training, a wet lab, and boatbuilding shop are all under consideration.
How to get involved: At survey links above, tell us what kinds of programs and services you want to see us provide. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help with outreach (analog and digital). Red Hook likes outreach face to face and via flyers in store windows. We have stakeholders around NYC and harbor to contact, and we'll need people to help with all that.
In the next phase, we will need contractors and people with trade skills to rehab the space.
Thanks for your involvement!