PortSide NewYork Summer 2017 Programs

All events on our ship MARY A. WHALEN, Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn which is next to a NYC Ferry stop as of June 1. Our ship cat Chiclet insists that all dogs be on a leash.  Directions


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Saturday, 6/3, 10am-5pm, come tour the tanker MARY A. WHALEN and celebrate the ship's 79th birthday of the tanker MARY A. WHALEN and the first weekend of NYC Ferry service in Red Hook right next to us!  Visit the ship, an important artifact of Red Hook and New York harbor history, noteworthy for her role in a major 1975 Supreme Court legal decision and as the last of her kind in the USA. Learn about a bell boat, speaking tubes, how to cook on a diesel stove and about life and work on a coastal oil tanker. Great for all ages; kids are allowed to touch things. Flat, rubber-soled shoes a must! Learn knot tying and harbor lore from maritime impresario Frank Hanavan. Take fun souvenir photos with our Salty Selfies" collection of props. Follow-up by touring Red Hook via our e-museum and community guide Red Hook WaterStories which lists all the restaurants, bars, shops and more.


Daytime, Weekdays 10:00am-6pm  
Sunset TankerTime, Second Sundays, 5 pm - midnight, May, June, July, August, September, now with jam of Mediterranean music!  See See our TankerTime webpage for full details. Relax, sketch, or have a meeting on our main deck set with hammocks, tables and chairs. Bring dinner or cocktails. Read books from our maritime library while you are aboard.   This year, we introduce a musicians’ jam "WaterStories of the Wine Dark Sea" with Mediterranean-themed music. This is the first phase of Mediterranean-themed programs that will reflect the major role that Mediterranean immigrants play in Red Hook's history and relates to our e-museum Red Hook WaterStories.  The ancient poet Homer called the Mediterranean waters “wine-dark,” and we name the series in his honor.  Embark with PortSide on a cultural journey around the Mediterranean, its colors and cultures. Share and discover stories, songs, and struggles. Bring an oud, a guitar, or clapping hands.  Bring your family histories of Mediterranean immigrants who lived and worked in Red Hook to add to Red Hook WaterStories.  

“Existential Navigational Math”

Thursday 6/15/17 during nautical twilight 9:02 pm - 9:44 pm. FREE lecture with projections: Laurent Derobert’s existential mathematics lead to existential navigation, where drift is passion and wanderings are the destination. Musing through the relationship between navigation, astronomy, mathematics and poetry, the audience will deviate with him as he repurposes equations into haikus and formulas into metaphors of our own odysseys.  Derobert has presented at the Palais de Tokyo, MOMA PS1 and FIAC.   The lecture will be followed by a culinary performance by Paris-based Japanese artist Lei SAITO.

Other events may be added.

In addition, during the summer, PortSide NewYork will be working on the following:

Our own Sandy recovery!! PortSide is trying to complete a FEMA superstorm Sandy alternate project valued at $322,000 by November of this year. We seek funding to cover the cost of resiliency upgrades to the MARY A. WHALEN. We must put the job out to bid, get the ship to a shipyard, complete the job, pay for the work and then be reimbursed by FEMA.

Red Hook WaterStories:  October 2016, PortSide launched version 1.0 of this e-museum and community guide We will continue historic research, update the website, create exhibit banners and install them around Atlantic Basin near the new NYC ferry terminal, and do outreach in the neighborhood to make the community aware of the Resiliency 101 and flood preparation info in the website. The site looks different on mobile and computers, so check it out both ways!

Growing school programs:   PortSide will continue work to expand our educational programs for school kids. Spring semester, we contacted all Red Hook schools to increase programs with them. We also began development of “Look Who’s Here” an inventory of wildlife in, on and near Red Hook’s waterfront that will provide a basis for school curricula and be available to the public via our e-museum Red Hook WaterStories at www.redhookwaterstories.org and. More at about our school programs at 

CTE vocational summer internships: PortSide trains high school students to do preservation work on our historic ship and we give them the experience of boating in small boats. In many cases, this is the students’ first paid job.  See photos of their work and read the interns’ own words in blogposts from the past two summers (2016 and 2015)

Training union labor: PortSide has a partnership with District Council 9 (DC9) going back to 2014. They use our ship as a training site for their Local 806 (Bridge Painters) and Metal Polishing division. More in this blogpost.

Restoration of our historic ship: PortSide’s own staff and volunteers execute restoration work that cannot be done by the interns and union.