TankerTime, always FREE
Enjoy the main deck of PortSide's historic ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN. Hammocks! Maritime books to read! TankerTots toy area! ArtTable with free drawing & painting supplies to use. Watch ship, ducks. geese come and go. Chill. Beat the rat race. Have your meeting here.
Daytime: TankerTime M-F 10am to 6pm and often later. Weekend days often. Volunteer so we can expand weekend hours.
Nightime: Second Sundays TankerTime, 6pm to midnight, May thru September. Around 10 pm, the jam of Mediterranean music starts, "WaterStories of the Wine Dark Sea." (July 2019 update: it will be the 3rd Sunday, 7/21, since the Formula E car race is happening here the 2nd weekend of July.) The vibe is captured in this blogpost.
Pets: All dogs must be on a leash at all times at the request of our ship cat Chiclet.
Pro tip: wait for the NYC Ferry here! When you see the ferry enter Atlantic Basin, you have enough time to walk over to dock and get the boat.
See how we bring cultures together during Second Sundays TankerTime in blog post: Do you have any Slovenians?
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 called 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.” The Ancients did not see the sea as the end of the road but as a bridge—as we do at PortSide. 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.
Help make TankerTime! volunteer to staff the deck so we can expand weekend hours.