The first edition, Red Hook WaterStories 1.0, is dedicated to Ann Gaffney.  Since 2012, Ann Gaffney opened her heart, home, wallet, rolodex and library on behalf of PortSide NewYork.  A transplant from Washington, DC who moved to Brooklyn in 1968, Ann was, until she passed on August 2, 2017, an ardent Brooklyn patriot and champion. She was a preservationist of note.  She was a founding member of the Historic Districts Council and on the board of Green-wood Cemetery.  She and her partner Bronson Binger received a 2011 Mickey Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Historic Districts Council.   Ann loved the Brooklyn Heights working waterfront that was still active when she moved to Brooklyn “it looked like a Richard Scarry drawing with every form of transportation moving down there.”  She loved historic maps, as we do, and was working on a product line of Brooklyn themed merchandise when she passed. 

PortSide NewYork Gratefully Acknowledges Support of Sponsors Who Launched This Website!

Silicon Servers has generously provided the web hosting for this site.

MarineTraffic has graciously allowed use of their Vessel Tracking API data to provide near real-time ship movements on the interactive map.

Major Support Provided By:

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. We thank former speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for the special speakers allocation and councilman Carlos Menchaca for his support in that process.

Additional Support from:


Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering



Red Hook Lobster Pound (Ralph Gorham)


Jenny Kane

Brian Robbins (Cornell Paper)

Mark’s Red Hook Pizza

McLaren Engineering

Safetx Contracting


Andrew Solomon and John Habich

Red Hook Winery

Woofs + Whiskers

Kevin’s Restaurant

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

And multiple smaller donations



New York Council of the Arts