A lot of hard work has brought our galley renovation project close to completion. We are not ready for an open house, but the Red Hook CRP resiliency process is, and is holding one this weekend at the site of our Sandy aid center at 351 Van Brunt. While waiting to see what direction the new administration take with respect to the waterfront, we share some political updates.
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Galley metal, and Red hook history, see the light of day

We have made great strides on the galley renovation project, learning more about the history of the MARY A. WHALEN in the process. Read all about the tanker version of "This Old House."   Many thanks to Erika Stetson for giving us one month of labor, and Steve Swift for his Christmas holiday's work. Thanks to donors Home Depot, QuinnCo of NY and WeStripWood
 
You can also get involved!  We seek in-kind donations, painting volunteers and funding. If you donate $500 or over you get two seats to a Supper Club dinner in the renovated galley- mmmm!  
  
Red Hook Resiliency Update 
Resiliency Open House this weekend at 351
  
IMPORTANT: Resiliency Open House this weekend, Sat 2/22 and Sun 2/23, at 351 Van Brunt, where PortSide ran our Sandy aid station.

This Open House is part of the NYS NY Rising "Community Reconstruction Program" (CRP) to create a long-term resiliency plan for Red Hook.  Our Director Carolina Salguero is part of the Red Hook committee. Read its blog here.  We have repackaged some of what she has written for the committee into several blogposts:    

We are pleased to see the community return to "351" and want to again thank Victoria Hagman of Realty Collective for her generosity in making that storefront a community space and resiliency asset. 

Waterfronts & the New Administration 
Which way is the tide going?
  
We are closely following the appointments of the de Blasio transition team.  We find inspiration in the appointment of Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari´┐Ża, and hope appointees related to the waterfront have that kind of lifelong, hands-on, operational experience applicable to the job. 

We've looked over all the bios of the City Council Waterfronts committee and share those and more in a
blogpost about how the Council covers the harbor. 

We are pleased to see that the Progressive Caucus has "Creative use of waterfronts" in goal #3 of their 13 point agenda for change. PortSide NewYork has been fighting for this for nearly a decade, and we hope this means that the Progressive Caucus will embrace the PortSide cause and help us speedily find a home. 

We look forward to working with the Progressive Caucus and the Waterfronts committee, to sharing our waterfront expertise and furthering our goal of bringing NYC's Sixth Borough, the BlueSpace, to life!
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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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