BYO Aboard a Seventy-Year-Old Fuel Tanker

Photo: Courtesy of Portside

Now that everyone and his sister in from out of town goes to the Frying Pan, allow us to introduce you to a booze-friendly boat that isnt overrun. Shes the Mary A. Whalen, a retired thirties fuel tanker thats docked at Red Hooks Pier 9B. A nonprofit, Portside New York, is currently restoring the 172-foot-long tanker with plans to open it as a cultural center with a simple café and canteen, but until August 24 its playing host to tours, music performances, film screenings, talks, and (aboard an adjacent ship) even a pirate-themed burlesque show. If you just want to get some friends together and enjoy the postcard view of Lady Liberty, youll want to take advantage of so-called TankerTime.

During certain hours on August 15, 18, 22, and 25, you can climb aboard with a picnic basket. But for a little enlightenment (and an awesome view of the meteor shower?), go tonight when New Amsterdam Markets founder, Robert LaValva, will discuss the past, present, and future of the citys waterfront markets. The event is free and youre welcome to bring your own food and drink (the Red Hook Lobster Pound is a stones throw from the pier) just RSVP here to snag a folding chair (we call dibs on the hammock!).

Portside New York Summer 2010 Programs [Official site]