BENEFITING: PORTSIDE NEW YORK INC
Help PortSide NewYork create a great educational project about - and for - Red Hook, Brooklyn! Red Hook WaterStories (RHWS). RHWS maps 400+ years of waterfront history and boosts cultural tourism and resiliency, as in helping Sandy-devastated Red Hook prepare for future floods. RHWS makes Red Hook an educational site for locals and visitors.
What we are making
By end of June 2016, PortSide will launch pilots of several RHWS products. The jewel is an interactive multimedia map, where clicking on dots reveals info about a location -- articles, photos, engravings, videos, and/or oral histories, and the map includes shopping/dining info. We’re creating a companion hardcopy visitor guide, and signs with QR codes around the neighborhood to alert people to the website. More elements planned for the future.
What are Red Hook WaterStories
The history of Red Hook, Brooklyn via a water theme. How people lived and worked on the waterfront, reshaped the shoreline -- in microcosm, New York City's maritime story.
Topics include: Native Americans, early Dutch tidal mills, buildings and street names with a maritime past, harbor connections to unexpected things, maritime history and current maritime activity in Red Hook and visible from here. Significant ethnic groups who worked the waterfront, real estate development, inventions, squatters, marine life, changing shoreline, flooding, Superstorm Sandy.
What this does for Red Hook and visitors
- Explain historic and current maritime activity and show its relevance to larger issues and the community.
- Resiliency! Helps the community understand Red Hook’s WaterStory so it prepares better for future floods.
- Boost cultural tourism: attract visitors and support local businesses
- Inspire community-sensitive investment
- Create content that can be used for school curriculum
- Foster local pride and greater understanding within the community
What funding covers
Research, written histories we commission. Graphic design and production of exhibit panels, signs, website, visitor guide. Replacement video and still camera for shooting interviews. Purchase of sound recorder to tape oral history. Administration of the whole project which includes content management (the organizing of an archive of information).
Portside needs to raise $20,000 by the end of June 2016 to match a grant. But don't stop there! The project goes on! Red Hook WaterStories webpage
How we'll thank our donors!
Thanks much for your support! We want to thank you!
$27 1 MARY A. WHALEN key chain
$100 2 MARY A. WHALEN key chains
$250 1-year credit on RHWS webpage, MARY A. WHALEN key chain
$500 1-year credit on RHWS webpage, 1 PortSide tote bag, 1 coffee mug
$1,000 1-year credit on RHWS webpage, 2 PortSide tote bags and coffee mugs
$2,500 1-year credit on RHWS webpage, 5 PortSide tote bags and coffee mugs
$5,000 2-year credit on RHWS webpage and hard copy guide, and main exhibit banner on fence. 5 PortSide tote bags and coffee mugs
$10,000 Your party aboard. 2-year credit on RHWS website and hard copy guide, and main exhibit banner on fence. 10 PortSide tote bags and coffee mugs