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Petitioning NYC Councilman Steve Levin and 10 others

Open NYC’s piers to historic ships! Save PortSide's MARY A. WHALEN!

Help the historic ship of PortSide NewYork, the MARY A. WHALEN, find a home NOW so she does not go to the scrap heap!

Historic ships provide a rich connection to the past and future of this waterfront city; but they have a hard time getting access to NYC piers.

We need to push NYC to create a new docking policy that makes great cultural resources like the MARY A. WHALEN sustainable and available to New Yorkers today--and in the years to come.

Help the MARY A. WHALEN--and all historic ships in NYC--by signing this petition!

Letter to
NYC Councilman Steve Levin
NYC Councilman, Chair of Council Committee on Waterfronts Michael Nelson
NYS Assemblyman, 51st Assembly District Felix Ortiz
and 8 others
NYC Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez
NYC Councilman Brad Lander
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
US Congresswoman, 12th Congressional District Nydia Velazquez
US Congressman, 8th Congressional District Jerrold Nadler
NYS Assemblywoman, 52nd Assembly District Joan Millman
NYS Senator, 18th District Velmanette Montgomery
State Representative Felix Ortiz
I just signed the following petition addressed to: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Please help find a publicly-accessible berth for the historic ship MARY A. WHALEN by April 30th so this beloved ship is not scrapped. Her dilemma is part of a larger problem we want you to address: NYC piers are not readily available to historic ships.

Please push for early resolution of your 2012 goal to create a uniform docking protocol for historic ships on city-owned property in NYC.

The MARY A. WHALEN is operated by the non-profit organization PortSide NewYork. PortSide has a crisis: they have looked for a home for 6+ years and had a real estate agreement fall through after 3+ years of work.

We want to see PortSide’s innovative waterfront-themed programs survive and grow. PortSide NewYork is the only group in the USA to save an oil tanker for public use. The MARY A. WHALEN is a great vehicle for discussing energy consumption and sustainability issues and a great platform for PortSide’s water-centric H2O Arts programs. The ship has been deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Please act to make NYC piers more ship-friendly. NYC should use inactive piers now to host ships that bring culture, fun and economic activity to the waterfront! NYC needs to design new piers that are physically suited for ships. Local historic ships and boats should not be forced to forever wander from pier to pier. NYC needs piers that have space for ship homeports. NYC should embrace and promote visiting ships that want to come as individual boats or festivals. For all piers, NYC needs to create uniform docking permits and protocols that reflect real ship needs and operations.

Please act quickly and help find a publicly-accessible berth for the MARY A. WHALEN and save this important cultural and historical asset. Please help historic ships bring NYC’s revitalizing waterfront to life! They are THE embodiment of “Vision 2020,” the city’s new waterfront plan.


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