Weekday TankerTime M-F 10am to 6pm - Free
What: enjoy the main deck of PortSide's historic ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN. Lounge in a hammock, lunch or have a meeting, bring the kids here instead of the same old playground! Read about our historic ship MARY A. WHALEN or books from our maritime library while you are stretched out in a lounge chair, immerse yourself in the maritime ambiance of our location next to a container port, a cruise terminal, a ferry dock, with several ships 100' long coming and going or being restored on our Pier 11.
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.
Where: ship MARY WHALEN, Pier 11, Atlantic Basin, Red Hook, Brooklyn. The NYC ferry stop for Red Hook is right next to us.
Pets: All dogs must be on a leash at all times at the request of our ship cat Chiclet.
Second Sundays TankerTime, 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. This is over for 2017
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.
See how we bring cultures together during TankerTime in blog post: Do you have any Slovenians?
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