Now with “WaterStories of the Wine Dark Sea” Mediterranean music jam
What: During TankerTime, PortSide NewYork opens the main deck of the tanker MARY A. WHALEN to the public for passive enjoyment. We provide hammocks, tables, chairs, stools, info about the ship, and books from our maritime library to read while aboard.
In 2017, during Sunset TankerTime on Second Sundays, we introduce a jam session that starts at 9 pm with musicians playing music in the various traditions of the Mediterranean. Ends at midnight. If you are a musician of that type, come on over!
Where: MARY WHALEN, Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn. As of June 1, the NYC ferry stop for Red Hook is right next to us.
When: Daytime Weekdays 10:30-6 pm. Sunset TankerTime, Second Sundays, 5 pm 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 gently 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.