PortSide NewYork 2016 year in photos

Great progress restoring the MARY A. WHALEN in one year as you can see from the photos above!

We reach people of all ages, and bring people of all ages and types, together. The MARY is a great magnet and social-mixing agent.

Red Hook WaterStories

We launched a digital maritime museum and in-depth guide to Red Hook called Red Hook WaterStories.

Youth programs

We grew our vocational (CTE) summer Internship with Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design (WHSAD).  More in this blogpost.


We gave TankerTours during Fleet Week and Open House NY (OHNY).


TankerTime proves especially popular. The main deck was open for TankerTime every weekday and most weekends, and we offered Sunset TankerTime on four Second Sundays of the summer.

Programs off the MARY A. WHALEN

We programmed off the MARY A. WHALEN. We participated in Pioneer Works Red Hook Hackathon, helping create two apps (one to aid flood evacuation) and providing bunk space and work space for hackers. We were at the Red Hook Regatta, with Arsenio Martinez in the schooner costume requested as a half-time show. We installed a reprise of our "Mariner's Response to 9/11" exhibit on the LILAC for the 15th anniversary of 9/11.  We promoted the Fleet Week ships in Red Hook and promoted Red Hook to the ship visitors - and more!

Ship restoration

A HUGE amount of work was done on the MARY A. WHALEN this year!  Part of that was done via a training program with Local 806 of District Council 9. Read about what they accomplished here.

We had a powerhouse volunteer in Arsenio Martinez who single-handedly painted a large part of the ship - exquisitely.

We had volunteers come in small batches over the year and had a MAGNIFICENT November cassoulet volunteer day triggered by Nicolas Anderson's offer to cook and serve free cassoulet! That brought out 18 adults and a dozen volunteers from the Stuyvesant High School Environmental Club.  Thanks to all of you! 

The PortSide crew has a good time doing it too!


Chiclet had another powerhouse year delighting visitors. We often have Facebook friends for far away (France, Hawaii, Seattle...) show up and say they want to see the ship and soon thereafter ask for Chiclet.