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Join us for our
First Hidden Harbor® Tour
of the season

NYC Maritime History Captured in
Public Art You Can Visit.

With Guest Speakers:
Bruce Weber, Curator of Paintings & Sculpture, Museum of the City of New York, WHC Board members Gordon Cooper, HHH Maritime Consulting,
and Bonnie Harken, AIA, Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc., and WHC Steering Committee member Margaret Stocker, Trustee, India House Foundation

Sunday, 1 May from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
on a Circle Line boat leaving from Pier 83
located at W. 42nd St. & 12th Ave. in Manhattan.

Our tour will take us to places in the harbor where famous maritime scenes
have been captured in public art you can visit
in NYC!

See how New York Harbor has inspired artists throughout history. Learn about the famous Marine Grill terracotta murals of the McAlpin Hotel and the hidden trompe l’oeil mural of the Brooklyn Bridge and its neighboring bridges; the Manhattan and Williamsburg at the South Street Seaport.
This new Hidden Harbor Tour transports you back in time through art! 

The 2-hour, fully narrated tour on a Circle Line Sightseeing boat, departs at 2:00PM sharp. Boarding begins at 1:30PM from Pier 83 in Manhattan located on West 42nd. Street and 12th. Avenue (Hudson River). Snack bar on board.

Tickets: $30; $25 seniors.


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Working Harbor Committee Presents:

Brooklyn Waterfront
Past & Present

Thursday, 26 May from 6pm to 8pm
Pier 11 (South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane)

Join Working Harbor Committee for a tour of Brooklyn's waterfront industry, past and present. Highlights include Brooklyn Navy Yard, the city’s new waterfront recycling facility at Gowanus Bay, and the working rail-to-barge connection at Brooklyn Army Terminal.

The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6:00pm sharp from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane on Thurs. 26 May. Boarding begins at 5:30 pm. Snack bar on board.

$30; $25 seniors/WHC member

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Guest Speakers - Richard Hanley, Director of City Tech’s Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center, Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman and Captain Margaret Flanagan, Maritime Operations, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

From Newtown Creek through Sunset Park, the 8 miles of Brooklyn shore facing the Harbor’s Upper Bay were once filled with manufacturing, shipping, and commerce. Though apartment towers and landscaped parks now capture attention, Brooklyn still retains active trade and maritime business.



Working Harbor Committee Executive Director

The Working Harbor Committee, a nonprofit organization, seeks an Executive Director for a
part-time position. The ED is responsible for WHC leadership and administration in public programming, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach in furtherance of the WHC mission of educating people about the past, present and future of our working waterfronts. Qualifications - Bachelor’s degree (or demonstrated equivalent experience), with 3-5 years experience in nonprofit/government management. Good leadership and organizational skills, written and
oral communication skills, good public speaker. Ability to work well with staff and volunteers; strong knowledge of the NY/NJ maritime community.

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For info on our upcoming
Summer Hidden Harbor Tours
& More

 Click here for donations in memory of Captain John Doswell 

Fair Winds
Captain John W. Doswell


Captain John W. Doswell, our captain, our North Star, our guiding light passed away on Friday 2 January, 2015

"...As executive director of the Working Harbor Committee, John would orchestrate the most amazing extravaganzas. 22 years of Tug Boat Races, international ship visits (including a 16th century replica of a Spanish Galleon), OpSail 2012, where part of the challenge was to find berthing for dozens of vessels from around the world.Only one man could make it all happen. Doswell...."

To read full article
by Mai Armstrong on the WHC Blog
Click Here

Peter Stanford 
WHC Founder & Inspiration

Peter Stanford passed away on
Thursday morning, March 24, 2016.

"...Peter Stanford spent his life founding things,
it seems – South Street Seaport Museum,
National Maritime Historical Society, and – highlight in our own lives – the Working Harbor
Committee among them

His heart was gladdened at the WHC’s developing strengths in its educational programs, its tours for underserved youth who discover the harbor and learn about maritime careers in the industry.  He was passionate about our mission of teaching NY/NJ harbor history and life today and thus enhancing the harbor’s future, and impressed by WHC’s willingness to work hard to achieve that mission..."

To read full article
by Terry Walton
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Check out Working Harbor Committee's
YouTube Channel

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for an important NY Times article about the future of the NYC seaport district by Paul Greenberg, Roland Lewis & Joan K. Davidson

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for a great blog write up about
a recent Hidden Harbor Tour
by Claude Scales

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for a great article about our Hidden Harbor Tour to Newark Bay
by Peggy Taylor










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