Now with “WaterStories of the Wine Dark Sea” Mediterranean music jam
What: During TankerTime, you can enjoy the main deck of the tanker MARY A. WHALEN set with all sorts of furniture. Lounge in a hammock, lunch at a picnic table, meet over a cafe table, read books from our maritime library while you are stretched out in a lounge chair, bring the kids here instead of the same old playground!
Where: ship MARY WHALEN, Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn. The NYC ferry stop for Red Hook is right next to us.
M-F 10am to 6pm as long as the weather is warm enough.
Second Sundays, 5pm to midnight, May through September. At 9 pm, the musicians jam "WaterStories of the Wine Dark Sea" starts and runs until midnight. Our Second Sundays are May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10.
The deck of the MARY WHALEN is a great place to
- read a book
- relax in a swaying hammock
- talk with friends, old and just met
- have a lunch meeting
- bring the kids instead of the same old playground
- picnic in sea breezes
- wait for the ferry
- see the Statue of Liberty
- learn about our historic ship MARY A. WHALEN
- watch the working waterfront all around us
- marvel at the sunset
- appreciate the significance of boats and the simple pleasure of being on one
- listen to music
Pets: All dogs must be on a leash at all times at the request of our ship cat Chiclet.
More about the Mediterranean connection: Mediterranean immigrants are a big part of Red Hook's history. For more on that, see our e-museum Red Hook WaterStories. We dubbed the musicians’ jam "WaterStories of the Wine Dark Sea” in a nod to the ancient bard Homer. Homer's sea was neither green nor blue, he called it “wine-dark,” purple as the eggplant that Vasquez Montalban later imagined as the perfect Mediterranean flag due to the popularity of eggplant cuisine around that sea. The Ancients did not see the sea as the end of the road but as a bridge—as we do at PortSide. There are no dead-end streets in old harbors, just paths that turn into water.
Embark with PortSide on a cultural journey around the Mediterranean Sea, 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.
See and hear about music and stories from "WaterStories of the Wine Dark Sea” TankerTime on our blog post: Do you have any Slovenians?