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September 6, 2016
Thank you DC9, Maritime 9/11, TankerTime 

Due to preparing for Hermine, we are sending our Labor Day newsletter after the weekend.

We've got upcoming programs related to the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, recommended reading, and shipcat Chiclet in the news, and more...
It's Labor Day - thank you DC9!
A partnership training union labor & restoring a historic ship 
A Tuesday afternoon training session with DC9

Created by trade and labor organizations, Labor Day honors the labor movement.  We at PortSide want to take this opportunity to thank the union we have been working with since 2014, District Council 9, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.  We make the MARY A. WHALEN available as a training site, and DC9 donates labor to us. Their Bridge Painters (Local 806) are painting the exterior. Thanks to their labor, and donated paint from International Paint, the MARY has begun to shine!
Programs this week
Mariners' response to 9/11
This week marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11. PortSide will continue raising awareness of how the maritime community helped NYC recover from 9/11. We believe the story has important implications for emergency preparedness, resiliency planning, and for how to make a more boat-friendly waterfront for non-crisis situations. We are getting the story out various ways:

On the fence next to the Mary A Whalen: (if winds allow it). We will hang several exhibit banners from our 2011 exhibit "Mariners's Response to 9/11."

During "Second Sundays" Sunset TankerTime on 9/11: During TankerTime, the public enjoys the main deck for reading, dining, lounging, sketching, whatever. This time, the blue picnic table will be reserved for books and oral history about the maritime 9/11 story and discussion with our President Carolina Salguero who covered the story on land and water and was nominated for Photojournalist of the Year on the basis of her reporting on NYC's 9/11 story.  How to find us.  

Note, weekday TankerTime hours are M-F, 10:30-5pm (and sometime later depending how late staff work) and Citibike has just arrived in Red Hook!  

On the steamer LILAC, Pier 25, No. Moore Street, Hudson River Park
PortSide is installing excerpts from our Mariners's Response to 9/11
in one stateroom as part of maritime 9/11 events on the LILAC that we highly recommend:
  • Thurs, 9/8/16, 6pm, a book launch of " American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11" which examines what can be learned from the spontaneous boatlift that removed thousands of people the morning of 9/11. 
  • A panel discussion with the "American Dunkirk" authors; Jessica DuLong, and the producer of the film Boatlift Eddie Rosenstein.  Captain Pat Harris, who used his classic yacht VENTURA in the evacuation, will moderate the discussion.  
  • Reception and book signing follows. Paperback copies of "American Dunkirk" will be available at a discounted price of $20.00. Full event details here.  The event is free, but advance registration is requested.
Programming on Social Media

The digital realm is very important to PortSide's educational programming.   This past week, we fostered discussion of two serious issues on social media: 
  • Preparing for Hermine:  We provided weather updates on Twitter and Facebook and helped remind people about preparing for floods.  Whether you live in Red Hook or not, we encourage you to look at the emergency preparedness plan called Ready Red Hook.
  • The collision of a NY Waterways ferry and several kayaks on 8/30:  In response to our 8/31 post, a thoughtful discussion ensued on our Mary A. Whalen Facebook page including all sorts of mariners and the founder of gCaptain. Check it out. We think this episode may prove pivotal in discussions of NY harbor safety.
On a lighter note, Chiclet was in the news:  Yesterday, Chiclet was featured in gCaptain's Maritime Monday! We're proud to have her in that section that is always a great read.

Inspiring artists, hear them on YouTube: The MARY A. WHALEN regularly inspires artists. This summer, the tanker hooked indy folk musician Sarah Goldfeather who shot a music video aboard.  You can hear the Goldfeather Band yourself at their release show Monday, 9/19/16, 7pm, Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen St, NYC.


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