PortSide is a do tank

At PortSide we show by doing, we walk the walk.   We do also advocate on occasion via testimony (see below) to encourage NYC to fulfill the potential of the harbor for transportation, education, culture and job creation.  Have a question about waterfront policy or operations?  We willingly answer questions from media, elected officials, students and the general public. Check out our Waterways Info page or get in touch.

We speak for boats of all types.  That includes vessels of the working waterfront, dinner/charter/excursion vessels, ferries, historic ships and/or recreational boats. Please support this effort by tweeting #Piers4boats 

We advocate for cooperation between user groups on the waterways and between the working waterfront and entities seeking public access.

We encourage waterfront parks to be more boat-friendly in terms of design, management and programming.

The seam between water and land should be a porous membrane with people and things coming and going across it. Not only would that make the most useful waterfront, it would also make the most interesting and fun one.
— Carolina Salguero, Founder & President

Select presentations & testimony

Waterfront Policy recommendations submitted to the de Blasio transition team after his 1st election "Unlocking the potential of NYC’s waterfront, A progressive road map for the Sixth Borough."  These were publicly released in May, 2016. 

Portify as we fortify. Don't let Sandy drown a good idea. Our president Carolina Salguero argued in a 2016 presentation at AIANY that we cannot let post-Sandy resiliency plans drown the good ideas of Vision 2020. To activate our waterways, we need apertures, not solid seawalls. 


11/12/10 PortSide input to Vision 2020  During 2010, NYC conducted a year-long process to create a comprehensive waterfront plan. This was the second such plan in the City's history, and it updated one from the 1980s. The name reflects the commitment to update the plan every ten years, so this plan is in effect until 2020.  More...

Select PortSide Testimony to the City Council Waterfront Committee

Select PortSide testimony to other entities