We are happy to announce that GBX▪Gowanus Bay Terminal has offered us a home near the southern end of Columbia Street, across from IKEA. More good news below! 



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Prospective Red Hook, Brooklyn home:
Negotiations proceed with engines Full Ahead


GBX w/our potential home marked

GBX w/our potential home marked "us"

PortSide is negotiating with GBX▪Gowanus Bay Terminal to have a homeport in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


The tanker MARY A. WHALEN would be publicly accessible directly from Columbia Street, at a site next to her first home at Ira S. Bushey's shipyard and fuel terminal at the foot of Court Street.  


A home at GBX, a vital, industrial facility with a rich history, would be in keeping with PortSide's mission to bring the landside community and working waterfront closer together while exploring and promoting Red Hook's past.   


Post Sandy, our plans for such Red Hook cultural tourism are more important than ever.



ST Kiddoo gasoline tanker aerialWe make history. Again.


Working closely with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), PortSide has succeeded in getting the MARY A. WHALEN listed on the National Register of Historic Places!  

With that designation and a home at GBX, PortSide would significantly add to Red Hook's cultural assets.  

By repurposing the MARY A. WHALEN, PortSide has created the only oil tanker in the world providing public educational and cultural programs.

The time is now   


Please make an end-of-year donation now to help keep our creative engine going and propel PortSide NewYork into a new future!


We need to cover costs of transitioning to a new home (new infrastructure, moving the ship and more) and funding to help us create a dynamic season of programs in 2013.


See our program video here.

Great people are joining our team

  • Bob Hill, Founder, President and chief naval architect of Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp, is the leading designer of articulated tugs and barges in North America. bio
  • Paul Amico, Fabrication Manager, Southern Service Group, constructed 90% of the ferry docks in the NY-NJ metropolitan region and made significant contributions to NYC's 9/11 and hurricane Sandy response. bio 
  • John Bradley, a partner at Vedder Price, is an attorney with over 30 years experience in commercial and maritime law, marine finance and maritime waterfront development. bio

Bob Hill and Paul Amico will advise on our new ship docking plans and future cargo tank conversion and strengthen our maritime network. John Bradley is handling our maritime legal matters.  

Ongoing role in Red Hook Sandy Recovery


After riding out the storm on board the tanker, PortSide came ashore to set up an aid station in a donated storefront at 351 Van Brunt.  Thanks to Realty Collective and Gallery Brooklyn for that space. 


At "351", we helped people apply for FEMA aid, provided needed coordination for the community including legal aid, contractors, and more.  


We continue recovery assistance working with city, state and federal officials, the Red Hook coalition and others.  We provide updated Sandy recovery info via this link, our Twitter Feed @PortSideNewYork, and Facebook page for PortSide.  

Media Update

Our endeavors continue to attract media attention

Canadian Broadcasting Company radio Tracking Sandy

WNYC Brian Lehrer show After Sandy: Red Hook  

Brooklyn Independent Television Brooklyn Storms Back


Also, our Director Carolina Salguero had a photography and text feature in Narratively Through the porthole about life on, and views from, the MARY A. WHALEN 


PortSide brought you... Red Hook Sandy recovery aid at 351 Van Brunt... TankerOpera in the containerport... Dutch Flat Bottom Fleet... TankerTours...concerts... movies... talks... walking tours ... kayak valet... TankerTime... redesign of the BoatBox Red Hook Boaters kayak container... bilingual ship tours at Concierto Tipico... exhibit about maritime response to 9/11... guides to Red Hook and more.  

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