Mission: Our approach is to create activities and spaces that benefit both groups, nurture economic connections between the two, foster their mutual appreciation, and make the waterfront neighborhoods they share a better place to live, work and visit.PortSide NewYork will develop and operate a museum exploring contemporary maritime practices, water-related and water-inspired issues, art, and policy. We will host recreational, educational and cultural programs, and offer retail services and a maritime career center. PortSide NewYork manifests a new vision for how to revitalize New York City?s waterfront and create waterside public spaces without displacing the maritime functions essential to the city''s transportation infrastructure.
Programs: We inaugurated our H2O Arts Series September 2007, with a Puccini opera on the tanker "Mary Whalen" in the Red Hook Containerport. We offer NYC's only Kayak Valet event. We promote cultural events in Red Hook. We provide information on waterfront events, issues, and policy. We run Operation Christmas Cheer, delivering cookies and newspapers to tugs and barges on Christmas Day. We are restoring the tanker Mary A. Whalen, built in 1938, and turning her into a mobile museum and cultural space.