If you haven’t ventured to the nautical home of Portside New York, this is a good month to do it. The maritime non-profit uses its retired oil tanker, the Mary A. Whalen, as a cultural hub in the Atlantic Basin, and it’s hosting special events throughout May to honor its 80th birthday. You could come, say, for a night of storytelling and music on May 25 that celebrates the city’s first Puerto Rican community–Red Hook!–or visit during its open hours. The second Sunday of every month between 5pm and midnight, as well as every weekday through September between 10am and 6pm, you can hang out on the tanker, which is docked not far from the NYC Ferry stop in Red Hook. You’re welcome to bring drinks, dinner, a book, co-work, or just come to lounge on the hammock and hang out. This Sunday’s weather may be too rainy to fully enjoy the waterfront experience and the live music that starts at 9pm. But consider this a pro tip to carve out time soon to visit the ship. Find directions and its calendar of events here.
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