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December 19, 2017
Young visitors during our OHNY TankerTours

With joy and with pride, I share 2017 PortSide news and what it means for the diverse people we serve.
I and PortSide's inventive, dedicated team have fought for years for a home to help the under-served peninsula of Red Hook and to create the first facility in NYC offering authentic maritime experiences, maritime services, culture, and education for people of all ages and economic levels, and boats, boats, boats.  We're doing it!
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Hear some voices sharing their PortSide experiences from 2017. 
"Working here at PortSide NY with Peter and Carolina on the MARY WHALEN boat was a wonderful experience I'll never forget."  That's what our intern Gloriveht Ortiz wrote in the blogpost about her summer.  We opened up a world for her. She had never been on a boat before, and after we got her on many, she now wants to get on every kind of boat she sees.

Gloriveht sailing for the first time.

"I am so excited" said indie rock musician Billy McCarthy about using our Captain's cabin as a space to compose and rehearse his next album. He's up there now.

Billy McCarthy rehearsing in the Captain's Cabin

"Love the testimony attachment. Excellent." Wrote Rik van Hemmen, President of Martin Ottoway about our recent City Council testimony about "investing in NYC's maritime workforce."

Speaking about the mix of peoples at a Second Sunday TankerTime, Yugoslav immigrant Pedrag said "I am so glad I found this. It is hard to find my people, and they are all here. Except Slovenians. Do you have any Slovenians? "

PortSide creates truly special WaterStories experiences.

PortSide also shares our deep experience via advocacy  that opens up the harbor for other non-profits, businesses and people working to make a better, more active and relevant waterfront for all.
Help make a better waterfront! Please make a  donation  now!

Thanks to all of you who donated during our recent Facebook #GivingTuesday campaign. We raised $1,500.
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Three year-old Hart is a regular visitor
Three year old Hart from Red Hook is a frequent visitor.

Jared_ one of our high school preservation interns from WHSAD
Jared Jackson, one of our high school preservation interns from WHSAD.

Federico_ visiting NYC from Rome_ volunteered for many days.
Federico, visiting from Rome, volunteered for many days.

International middle school students visited and volunteered via the Envoys program
International Middle School students visited and volunteered via the Envoys program.

Marine science with Stuyvesant High School Environmental Club.

Ship cat Chiclet_
Ship cat Chiclet enjoys our hammocks! You can too during TankerTime!

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PortSide NewYork is a living lab for better urban waterways. 
PortSide brings WaterStories to life. 

Our WaterStories programs, services and advocacy show how to combine the working waterfront, public access and community development. 

PortSide brings the communities ashore and afloat together, 
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