July 2018 Second Sundays TankerTime
Second Sundays TankerTime is this weekend, June 9! BYOB and food, 6pm to midnight, rain or shine. It will be a special one as we will celebrate the 40th birthday of creative whiz Nicolas Anderson who introduced the Mediterranean music jam to our Second Sundays and turned them into a floating salon where French is spoken as much as English.
We offer you a
Walt Whitman poetry reading
, in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, to celebrate Whitman's his 200th birthday, Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. The event is Wednesday, June 19, on our ship, and we'll adjourn to nearby building space in case of rain. Complimentary libations.
Part of the Lidgerwood complex that we are not trying to save
We are often quoted in the press these days as we fight to save the south façade of the historic Lidgerwood building. A community coalition, with the strong support of Congresswoman
and Councilman Carlos Menchaca, have convinced UPS to stop demolishing the south façade, to do an engineering study to consider saving it, and to meet with the community. Progress! Please sign the petition and get updates
We are also advocating for UPS to bring in their freight by water and are glad to hear that they are talking to the Port Authority about that. Meanwhile, let's not forget the historic
Our two resident poets from NYC's first 1st "Poets Afloat" month created great poems inspired by the MARY! Read them
In June, resident artist
Donna Maria deCreeft
is using our Captain's cabin to further her work inspired by diatoms. What's special about these
single cell algae?
a video she recommends
as an answer; it's about an artist who revives the Victorian mania for making art by arranging diatoms under a microscope.
The Community Education Council for our district, CEC15, is excited about our programs with PS 676, the Red Hook Neighborhood School, and asked us to make this presentation.
Our team is growing!
Welcome new board members
and Carmen Rainieri!
- Melissa is an attorney at Cohen, LaBarbera & Landrigan, LLP after a nineteen-year career working with at-risk youth. She is a boater and lover of mechanical things coming from a family of GE turbine engineers.
- Carmen Rainieri is a Preconstruction Director at Skanska where he does Global project management throughout the United Sates and the Caribbean. He did the cost estimating work on our business plan for the building space next to our ship. He appreciates all things waterfront having grown up along the Jersey shore. His dream is to get a historic ship and bring it back to life, something we are now working on together.
has joined the crew and is deploying his 10 years' of marketing experience to bring a fresh perspective to our website, newsletter, and social media.
If you would like to join our board or recommend someone for us to approach, please get in touch.
Former crew in the news
We support moving goods by water and are excited to see former MARY A. WHALEN crew member Bob Kunkel increasingly
in the news
with his new Harbor Harvest hybrid ferry.
Staying in touch
Missed our last newsletter? Visit the
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due to how long we have developed a community conversation there. We are on
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