News & how you can make something great happen
In 2018, PortSide NewYork has a means to finally fulfill our vision of creating a dynamic, future-focused maritime center with a focus on equity. It will be a place for diverse stakeholders - as NYC's waterfront should be. 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! Much has changed in Red Hook, in Brooklyn and in the harbor since our first 2005 business plan and our 2007 response to the RFP for this space, so we want to hear from you! Please get involved to help make this happen.
See this powerpoint for an overview of our goals, history, and this space.
How this is happening: November 2017, the President of the NYC EDC James Patchett visited us and offered a framework to get building space next to our ship MARY A. WHALEN. This is space that the EDC promised us years ago but they never resolved that 2007 RFP. The space is inside the Pier 11 warehouse in Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Patchett asked us to create a new business plan, due in August 2018., and he said "our goal is to see you succeed." We are working on that plan.
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, from artists to public housing residents, that we deeply know, and is a magnet for visitors by land and sea.
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 our collection of Red Hook artifacts, the physical companion to our e-museum Red Hook WaterStories.
Here, we can offer more programs for schools and youth such as boat building, hands-on STEM programs, and a wet lab. What would you like? There will be space for after-school programs, summer camp, and reading in our maritime library. We can host classes in boating safety or to get merchant marine licenses. Our goal is create a pipeline to marine careers for youth and adults and leverage the full potential of our waterfront for culture, education and job creation.
In our store, you can buy books, bait and tackle, coffee and light eats. Here, you can experience visiting vessels and our historic ship MARY A. WHALEN, when she is not out bringing PortSide programs to other communities.
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!
How to get involved
Tell us what kinds of programs and services you want to see us provide. Send an email to email@example.com.
Can you make program renderings to use for outreach like this and for presentations at public meetings? We'll need those asap.
Can you do 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.
We have got an architect to make a plan that fits the ideas into the space, review the building code (approved by the Port Authority not the DOB).
We need contractors to provide estimates for the cost of the architectural plan.
In the next phase, we will need contractors and people with trade skills to rehab the space.
This list may grow! Those are some starter ideas! #GetOnBoard!
Thanks for your involvement!