Mobile Workshops


Sailor’s Snug Harbor & the Noble Maritime Collection

Included in Registration

Participants on this Mobile Workshop will travel by ground transportation to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (formerly Sailor’s Snug Harbor - a retirement facility for sailors). They will take a guided educational walking tour of the site which was NYC’s first major historical preservation project. They will learn about its historic buildings as well as what life was like when it was an active home for ‘snugs.’ Following the tour participants will gather at the Noble Maritime Collection for exhibition viewing and a live musical reception with Bob Wright & the Harbortown. Bob Wright, a 4th generation Staten Islander from a seafaring family will play songs from his newest album that interprets the Smithsonian affiliate collection, collected by William Doerflinger at this very site.


Staten Island Ferry, Lower Manhattan Canal Slips and South Street Seaport - SOLD OUT!

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Participants on this Mobile Workshop will travel to the St. George Ferry Terminal and board the Staten Island Ferry for an excursion to Manhattan. After disembarking at Whitehall Terminal, participants will begin a guided walking tour heading north along the East River.

This section of the harbor, well protected from the winds that hammered the docks on the western shore of Manhattan, was identified specifically with canal boats from the earliest days of the Erie Canal through the heydays of the Barge Canal. The group will visit the site of Pier Six, home of the New York State Canal Terminal and then walk to South Street Seaport for a museum visit. Returning participants will follow the same route in reverse. The walking tour will be led by Canal Society members Andrew Lauren and Dan Ward.


Canal to Coast Harbor Cruise: Reuniting the Waters

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Participants in this Mobile Workshop will travel by ground transportation to Pier 1 on Staten Island's North Shore, where they will board one of the iconic Water Taxi vessels for a unique harbor cruise co-curated by the Waterfront Alliance and Working Harbor Committee. Canal to Coast is a boat tour focused on NY Harbor and the Erie Basin (Red Hook, Brooklyn) and their role in helping the Erie Canal make New York City a world capital. This interactive guided tour offers a fascinating perspective on the working waterfront of our past and present as well as the interconnectivity of major state waterways. The cruise will pass the Statue of Liberty before returning to Pier 1, where participants will disembark and join curators of the National Lighthouse Museum & local film maker/water blogger extraordinaire Will Van Dorp for a lively discussion on historic lighthouses of the harbor, Hudson River and Canalway Corridor leading up the Great Lakes. This conversation will be followed by a screening of Van Dorp's documentary film, Graves of Arthur Kill, which portray's Staten Island's very own ship boneyard, a site of NYC maritime history you won’t find on a tourist map. The final resting place of the Day Peckinpaugh sister ship among others, Witte Yard as it known locally, or the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard is one of the most unique and fraught maritime heritage sites in New York State. At once a site for historic preservation and a desired parkland, locals find themselves at an existential crossroads unsure of how to navigate its increasingly murky waters.

This mobile workshop was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.