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PortSide brought you...
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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Greetings!

We are in discussions with several locations and were recently referred to some new ones. Please read on...
Update on our endeavors
We need a new home confirmed by 4/30 or we close

We are flooded with offers of help. We apologize if we don't get back to everyone right away. We are trying to keep up with it all and encouraged by the good will.  Thanks to all of you who have provided financial support.

Our petition
Over 300 people from coast to coast and overseas have signed! Please join them and share the link to the petition at http://chn.ge/PortSideSOS.

Over 70 petition signers submitted diverse and personal reasons for their support. You can read those on the petition page in the section "Why People Are Signing."

Eyewitness News
The team came out twice, battling fog, and created a supportive feature about our situation, see it here

City Council hearing 3/16/12  

Thanks to all of you who wrote the Council Committee on Waterfronts before the 3/16 hearing about WAVES and/or testified at that hearing.  Many people testified in support of our cause. Read some of the day's testimony here

  

PortSide LICH 2/27/12 meeting see some passionate
 
support for us in our short video here

Chiclet inspects paint job
Chiclet inspects new paint & polished brass

Ship restoration  
Much love is being poured out for the MARY A. WHALEN by volunteers who have come, despite tightened TWIC regulations in the port, to restore and spruce up the tanker for visiting media and prospective landlords.

Some of the work is in photos here and a video here.
 

Please donate now so we have more time to work this out.

 

 

 

     





Thanks to those who have already donated.

Your support means a lot!"
Challenges/Opportunities: Artifacts, Offices, Venues

Office space sought
We seek a donated (or very cheap) storefront or office space for the month of April. Tightened Port Authority regs make it very hard for volunteers to get to us. More info on that all here

PortSide artifacts for sale
some of the collection for sale
 
Artifacts for sale
We have been told we have to vacate the storage areas in the shed on the pier next to the ship.

The silver lining here is that we can sell these maritime artifacts to support our cause.  Anyone who can advise on the best way to sell these, please get in touch. The collection includes signs and crane plaques from demolished buildings and cranes in Todd Shipyard, ship plans, foundry molds, wood crates, calipers, an antique freight scale, nautical collectibles.

Can you help with the following?

  • A large boat for a fundraising cruise? That's the only way to show many people the MARY A. WHALEN. 
  • Venue(s) for the concert, cheese tasting, children's event, art exhibit material that has been offered to us?  More about those here. Note: Naima Raum has joined the roster of donors!   
Dear Dockmasters,

 

The EDC has issued an RFP for a dockmaster to run many piers in the EDC portfolio.   

 

To respondents of the RFP, PortSide would be interested in joining your RFP response. We have a major attraction in the MARY A. WHALEN and experience planning for visiting vessels, be they historic boat or tugboats. We have an extensive rolodex of what floats in this harbor and what wants to visit this harbor.  

 

Help Us Save Programs Like These!
 
See this short video     

The MARY A. WHALEN is the only oil tanker in the world in service for public educational and cultural programs. PortSide runs programs on and off this special ship.

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

See two pages of photos here
See list of some prior programs here
See our YouTube page here


  

Thanks to those who have already donated.
Your support means a lot!"