Red Hook is the Plymouth Rock for Puerto Ricans arriving in New York City, starting in the late 1800's and running well into the 1900s, because the ships docked here. NYC's first Puerto Rican community was here, before Spanish Harlem, and Puerto Ricans remain a significant part of the Red Hook community. The ships dccked in and near Atlantic Basin, where PortSide's ship, the tanker MARY A. WHALEN is today. On Friday evening May 25, PortSide invites the community back to where it all began to share their WaterStories heritage. There will be live music by BombaYo, storytelling, potluck food and more. This event is evolving as the word gets out. Get in touch if you have ideas, have a story to share, or want to be involved. Part of the “MARY Month of May” festival in honor of the 80th birthday or our ship MARY A. WHALEN.
The main deck of our oil tanker ship is open for TankerTime M-F, 10am to 6pm; Second Sundays of May through September from 6pm to midnight often during the day on weekends. Amenities include: ArtTable with free art supplies, maritime books, TankerTots play area with toys and kiddie pool, hammocks, lounge chairs, tables and chairs. If you want to schedule a school or group visit to tour the inside of the ship, please see our Contact page. Our e-museum Red Hook WaterStories is always open as your guide to Red Hook past and present.