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Photo by Will Van Dorp of Tugster

Spring 2013 internships at PortSide NewYork

Event planning… fundraising…community outreach… graphic design… social media… research…
Help change NYC’s waterfront!  Help us transition to a new home!  Work on a ship!
 
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Join the innovative non-profit PortSide NewYork, a leader in waterfront advocacy and programming.

Our programs are a mix of maritime, preservation, forward-thinking urban planning, arts, education and community revitalization.

During the first month after hurricane Sandy, PortSide ran a pop-up Red Hook aid center, and we plan to have our cultural tourism programs support the area’s recovery from the storm.
PortSide’s offices are on a historic ship the MARY A. WHALEN, which we use as a museum, mobile cultural platform and teaching tool.  The only oil tanker cultural center in the world, the MARY A. WHALEN is on the National Register of Historic Places and is docked in the Red Hook, Brooklyn container port.  Late December, PortSide announced that our seven-year search for a site looks to be ending with a prospective home at GBX•Gowanus Bay Terminal across Columbia Street from IKEA. Map See our program video below
With the transition to a new home in 2013, PortSide will create fundraiser events, launch an on-line campaign, and engage in community outreach.  Interns will wear many hats during this exciting time.

We seek dependable, organized workers for a small and social office. Enthusiasm for PortSide’s mission, and good research and writing skills are essential.  Familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator and/or InDesign and website/blog maintenance is highly desirable.  A knowledge of boats or waterfront issues is a decided plus, but not required.

Positions are unpaid.  Send resume and availability via email.

The ideal candidates will be able to contribute to several of the tasks outlined below.

Fundraising and program planning 

As we transition to a new home, fundraising and capacity building will be our priorities, but we will be looking to create programs that can comfortably be executed during this period of institutional growth.  Interns will help plan events and execute outreach to potential new supporters, sponsors, program partners and venues; help launch a fundraising committee; be a liaison between all participants, set up meetings and conference calls; and help put out PR blasts about events and breaking news.

Interns need to be organized and capable of tracking communication between many people over time.

Programs are likely to include regular ship tours, some cultural events, and the creation of a new guide to Red Hook in both hard copy and web versions.

Design Intern:

Our 2013 transition to a new home and related fundraising means we will produce a lot of news, flyers, brochure updates and invitations.  We seek a graphic designer to make those and to create a new version of our guide to Red Hook (PDF) which will aid Red Hook’s recovery from Sandy.  An essential project is to help transition our website to an on-line design platform such as WordPress or Squarespace with better integration of our blog and Twitter feed.

Social Media 

Intern will do pre-production work to help maintain PortSide’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter by researching some content, distributing Sandy recovery updates from the Mayor’s office, downloading and resizing photos.  We would love an intern who has advanced Twitter skills.  Intern will do some maintenance of our constituent database on Constant Contact.

Grant Research and Applications

Tasks include research sources of funding for general support for PortSide (funding for capital, program and operating costs) conservation of MARY WHALEN logbooks, and our BoatBox project; updating our extant grant list; assisting staff in completing funding applications.

PortSide seeks IT help! pronto!

* getting internet to a ship, web design, linking social media portals, Twitter advice *

PortSide has been running a hurricane Sandy Relief pop-up at 351 Van Brunt Street where there was cable internet, but we are now moving back onto the tanker Mary A. Whalen, and IT issues on the ship are going to impede our Sandy digital work as well as our other operations.
MARY A. WHALEN
Having our offices on the ship has presented chronic internet access challenges There is no cable internet in the port near us, so we have tried various alternative strategies over the years.

1. Our internet speed on the ship dropped in September and plummeted after Sandy.  Our Clear modem signal is now down to one bar (container stacks in the way? We don't know!). We know we need a new hardware solution.

The galley serves as our conference room
2. We could use some help finishing the redesign of our website.   The new design will help us continue and improve our Sandy-related messaging on Twitter @PortSideNewYork and blog www.bitly.com/RHSandy.  We are part of the new Red Hook Coalition, formed to do Sandy Recovery work, and improving this social media stuff would really help us help Red Hook.
Half of the main PortSide office
Before Sandy, (that feels like years ago) we were transitioning our website to Wordpress. We've run into glitches, and on top of that want to customize the template; but we don't have enough tech saavy on our team to whack through this fast enough.  Urgent goal is to make our Sandy tweets, blog posts and Facebook updates visible on the home page, and we want a better design for other reasons and in other ways.

We could use advice to take our Twitter skills to a higher level... hoping there is a way to sort followers and followed into lists.

Please get in touch if you can help. Thanks!

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New York City Council Committee on Waterfronts hearing, held jointly with Parks Committee
Thurs 6/14/12, 1pm
250 Broadway, 16th Floor Committee Room

Some background info at bottom 
June 1, 2012
From: hearings@council.nyc.ny.us [mailto:hearings@council.nyc.ny.us]
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 2:30 PM
To: 
Subject: New York City Council - Hearing Notice
RE:              Oversight: Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Open Space Master Plan: Status of Development

                    Please be advised that the Committee on Waterfronts, jointly with the Committee on Parks and Recreation will hold a hearing on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the 16th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY regarding the above-referred topic.

You are hereby invited to attend this hearing and testify therein.  Please feel free to bring with you such members of your staff you deem appropriate to the subject matter.

If you plan to participate, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring twenty (20) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing.  Due to increased building security procedures, please bring identification and; allot some extra time for entry through the building lobby.

              I would appreciate receiving a response from you as to whether or not you will be able to attend. Thank you for your cooperation.              

Sincerely,

                                                                      

Gary Altman
Legislative Counsel


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DCP The Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Access Plan 


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Vote to fund the only boats in the $3MM grant competition from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation that will fund sites in NYC!  
 
Vote for PortSide's friends and partners,the Tug Pegasus & Waterfront Museum Barge! 

Vote early and often!  Seriously! 

Vote every day from April 26 through May 21 at www.partnersinpreservation.com so that these two great historic ships can win a share of the grant money.

To make it easier to remember to vote AND to be eligible to win a July 4th fireworks cruise for two on the tug Tugboat Pegasus, visit the website of either the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project or the Waterfront Museum barge and sign-up to receive a daily reminder to vote and you will automatically be entered into the raffle. 

David Sharps (L) of Museum Barge,
Pam Hepburn (R) of Tug Pegasus
Support NYC’s floating cultural heritage. Vote for historic ships!  Let American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation know that boats count!  

The fine print:
  • American Express, partnering with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is committing $3 million in preservation grants to historic places in New York City through its community-based program, Partners in Preservation. 
  • From April 26 May 21, 2012, the public is invited to vote for its favorite historic places from a diverse slate of 40 sites in the New York City area. Everyone is invited to vote (one vote per person per day)
  • Guaranteed funding of $250,000 goes to the top three places, so get voting!  The tug and barge have been selected for this competition after a LONG process, so let's make it pay off!
  • Additional grants will be awarded to a number of the other sites after review by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an advisory committee composed of New York civic and preservation leaders. 
School group visiting the Museum Barge


 
Teens from Chinese American Planning Council during
Maritime Adventure Program on the tug Pegasus
 
 




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NYC Historic Ships need greater and easier access to NYC piers!
 
Friday 3/16/12 the City Council Committee on Waterfronts held a hearing about the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) WAVES initiative.  WAVES includes this goal of the Mayor's office for 2012: 

"Create uniform landing protocol and application for City-owned properties to facilitate docking of historic vessels." 

If such a protocol were in place, PortSide would surely not be suffering our current real estate crisis. 
 
At th3 3/16/12 hearing, a noteworthy number of people testified solely on the theme of historic ships.

Many people mentioned PortSide's real estate crisis - we became the theme du jour - and supported having the MARY A. WHALEN get a new home fast.

The value and struggles of historic ships in NYC was affirmed by several members of the newly formed coalition of historic ships (a formal name, mission statement and website for the group are in the works).  Members of this coalition, which includes PortSide NewYork, testified in person or sent in written testimony.

Here are links to some of the testimony from that day (official City Council transcripts are not yet ready):

Carolina Salguero, Director, PortSide NewYork click

Capt. Maggie Flanagan, maritime educator & program developer click

Mary Habstritt, Museum Director, LILAC Preservation Project click

Capt. Pamela Hepburn, Director, Tug PEGASUS Preservation Project click 

David Sharps, President, Waterfront Museum Barge click

Please support our getting a new home and all historic ships in NYC by signing our petition at http://chn.ge/PortSideSOS

For a quick summary of our programs see this video click