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Barge 100 & The Waterfront Museum

Barge 100

BARGE 100 is a year-long celebration beginning in 2014 that will honor the 100th anniversary of the historic Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge Number 79. Built in 1914, the Number 79 represents the only surviving all-wooden example of the Hudson River Railroad Barge from the Lighterage Age (1860-1960) that remains afloat and is accessible to the general public. The Barge is a rarity based not only upon her historical significance and social impact, but also upon her pristine state of preservation.

The Waterfront Museum

In 1986, Captain David Sharps founded The Waterfront Museum aboard the Barge to promote understanding of New York Harbor’s maritime history and its importance to the commercial, cultural and recreational life of the city and the world. Since 1994, the Museum and the barge have been docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn and have become both a neighborhood landmark and a source of pride for the community. The mission of BARGE 100 is to raise awareness of this historic vessel and to ensure that future generations continue to learn from her. All proceeds from The Pirate Ball and all 2014 BARGE 100 special events will benefit the Waterfront Museum Barge.

Visit the Waterfront Museum website.


Come Celebrate this year on Friday, September 19, 2014

About last year’s 2013 Pirate Ball

As a kick-off to Barge 100, the Pirate Ball was held aboard the historic Barge Lehigh Valley 79 on Thursday, September 19th, 2013, with a special First Mate Sunset Reception 6:30pm to 7:30pm and the Pirate Ball from 7:30pm to 10pm.

At this gala affair we honored The O’Connell Organization and George and Alison Tocci for their sustained support of the Barge and Waterfront Museum.

The event  featured vocalist Bliss Blood and guitarist Al Street who have been performing their unique blend of flamenco, jazz and North African music to New York audiences since 1996. Specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and sunset views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty made this a truly memorable event.

About the Honorees

The O’Connell Organization : George and Alison Tocci
As the original pioneers for the preservation and redevelopment of the Red Hook Waterfront, the O’Connell Organization is committed to the well-being of the community and the cultivation of vibrant and diverse local businesses, arts and culture. In 1994, Greg O’Connell and the O’Connell Organization created the homeport for the Barge and since then they have continued to generously donate materials, equipment and leadership to help keep it afloat.

George and Alison Tocci first visited the Barge to see a play, but jumped on board with a spirit of commitment and innovation. George Tocci started the famed Sunset Music Series that ran for 13 years to sold out audiences who traveled to Red Hook and discovered the magical setting of the historic barge while experiencing an eclectic variety of musical genres. Tocci brought a blend of nationally known performers such as Bill Kirchen, Richard Julian, GE Smith & Taylor Barton, on board, but local Brooklyn and NYC musicians populated the lineup most weekends, including: Jen Chapin, Popa Chubby, James Reams & the Barnstormers, Modern Man, & The Jug Addicts. Alison Tocci started out as General Manager of Brooklyn Paper Publications and then was Publisher of Brooklyn Bridge Magazine. From 1998 – 2005, she was Publisher of Time Out and was named President of Time Out North America from 2005 – 2011. In September 2011, Tocci became President of the City Parks Foundation. Alison served as the Waterfront Museum board chair for ten years.

Last Year’s Pirate Ball Silent Auction Items

Dinner for 10 at the Red Hook Winery, prepared by French chef Jean Louis Dumonet  ·  Waterfront Art by Kirk Larsen  ·  Lunch for 2 at Le Bernardin  ·  Magnum of Nicolas Feuillate champagne  ·  Dinner for 4 at Home/Made in Red Hook  ·  $50 Gift Certificate at Dry Dock wine & spirits store  ·  Gift box of Macarons from Florian Bellanger  ·  Cookbooks personally signed by Chefs from Andrew Friedman’s Toqueland Collection  ·  Bottle of Widow Jane Bourbon from Cacao Prieto  ·  Music Lessons with the Musicians General Store  ·  Cooking Classes at Institute for Culinary Education  ·  Dinner for 2 at L’Absinthe  ·  Sailing Cruises from Classic Harbor Lines  ·  Sailing Cruises from Sail-NYC  ·  Ringside Tickets to the Big Apple Circus  ·  Maritime Cutting Board from Soundview Millworks   ·  Wynton Marsalis autographed CD  ·  Wynton Marsalis autographed Swing Blues on the Road photo book  ·  Gift certificate to Heights Chateau Wine and Spirits  ·  Hand Blown Glass by Red Hook’s Pier Glass  ·  Oaxacan Mexican Sculpture  ·  Rum & Scotch Tasting Package: Including 2 bottles of rum and 2 bottles of scotch & more  ·  Photo session with Photomuse Photography  ·  Teeny Tiny World Terrarium by Kerry Quade  ·  $50 Gift Certificate to Red Hook Lobster Pound  ·  Sunset Sail for Two on the Schooner America  ·  NY Harbor Brunch Sail for Two  ·  Sailing Architecture Tour of Manhattan for Two  ·  Gift certificate at the Ice House  Party Package for Four


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Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum!!!

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It ain’t a Pirate Ball without rum! We will be featuring a beautiful selection of rums, including Don Rafael Cacao Rum from Cacao Prieto in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Owney’s NYC Rum from The Noble Experiment in Brooklyn, and an assortment of rum from Rum Clément, distilled on the beautiful Caribbean island of Martinique!

Set Sail to the Pirate Ball! (Directions)


Pirate Ball on the Waterfront Museum Barge
390 Conover Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 624 – 4719

Take the IKEA Express Water Taxi Shuttle

Catch the New York Water Taxi at Wall Street’s Pier 11 in Manhattan either at 6:40 or 7:20 and ride to Brooklyn’s IKEA superstore in Red Hook. A Pirate Ball Shuttle bus will be available at 7:15 and 7:40 to take you directly to the Waterfront Museum. Return transportation by Water Taxi not available.

Travel by Train/Bus

There are no direct subway routes to the Waterfront Barge. You must continue from the train to the B61 bus.

From A, C or F trains: Get off at Jay St. Metrotech station. Walk south along Jay St. (which becomes Smith St.) to Livingston where you can catch the B61.

From the F or G trains: Get off at 4th Ave./9th St. and take the B61 on 9th St.

From 2, 3, 3, or 5 trains: Get off at Borough Hall. Walk south along Court St to Atlantic Ave. Catch the B61 on Atlantic Ave just around the corner from Court St.

Travel by Car

The Waterfront Museum Barge is a 5 minute drive from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway at the Atlantic Ave (if heading east) or Hamilton Ave (if heading west) exits.

Jazz Percussion Virtuoso Ricky Gordon Will Play at Our Pirate Ball VIP Sunset Reception

Ricky Gordon (a/k/a “Dirty Red”) is a drummer and percussionist extraordinaire who rubs elbows with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Carolina Slim, to name a few. He always lights up the stage with his unique repertoire of instruments, most notably his electrifying washboard. He and his jazz ensemble are sure to set the tone for a dazzling evening.

Click here to see/hear Ricky Gordon in action!

A Pirate Ball Special Theatrical Event: Letter of Marque Theater Co. presents THE MOCK TRIALS


What do you get when you put a whole shipload of pirates on a remote island with nothing to do? Mock trials, of course! See pirates try their shipmates with rough humor on one fatuous charge or another, from international bank fraud to consuming non-alcoholic beverages. Piratical aficionado and author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe is your one-eyed guide into the world of derision, lampoonery, and gallows humor (…pun intended).

Letter of Marque Theater Co. (LOM) is a trio of theater artists bound by a mutual agreement to make live art the way pirate crews sailed ships. An able bodied crew of multi-talented artists, everyone on board can hand, reef, and steer (i.e. act, direct, and write). Combining music, current events, a sense of adventure, and a strong ambition to change the way the world views theater, Letter of Marque promises to deliver. #theaterpirates


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