THE RED HOOK BARGE
The Barge is 100 years old this year!
Come celebrate with us
BARGE 100 is a celebration beginning in 2014 that honors 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.
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 BARGE 100 special events will benefit the Waterfront Museum Barge.
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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.
The Barge Centennial Committee to oversee and manage the efforts of this years Barge 100′s “Pirate Ball” is proud to announce the next fundraising event!
After the major success of the last Pirate Ball held on Sept. 19th 2013, the committee felt that we should once again promote this event for the benefit of keeping the Lehigh Valley No. 79/ Red Hook Waterfront Museum Barge afloat! (pun intended) It’s historical contribution to New York’s maritime heritage and the cultural benefits to the residents of Brooklyn, NYC and all over the world is important to preserve . If you’ve ever been to the barge or have attended this or any other event, then you know how important this mission truly is! The Pirate Ball was successful in this cause and promises to be once again.
If you didn’t hear about it or had missed it, then make sure you save the date! (time and details will follow soon.) In the meantime, feel free to contact us at: email@example.com We look forward to hearing from you!
Here are some pictures from the last event; as you can see it was a great time had by all!
Brooklyn Independent Media show BK Live interview with artist Stephen Mallon, Curator Michele Jaslow and Museum Director David Sharps.
July 26 to October 18, 2014
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2- 4 pm
The Waterfront Museum is pleased to present Land In Sea, featuring select large scale photographs by artist Stephen Mallon. The show’s focus is work from Mallon’s two powerful series “Brace for Impact” and “American Reclamation”. “Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549″ features Mallon’s sizeable photographs documenting the recovery by maritime contractor Weeks Marine of Flight 1549, the plane piloted by Sully Sullenberger III who successfully emergency-landed in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 after a collision with a flock of geese resulted in both engines failing and saving all 155 people aboard. The other is “American Reclamation: Next Stop Atlantic”. NYC’s MTA joined the artificial reef-building program off the east coast of the U.S. in 2000. Mallon documents the progress of the train cars on their destination out to sea from 2008 to 2011.
Stephen Mallon’s strength is his subject choices coupled with his sensitive and powerful approach. This all comes in handy since most of us would not find state contracted construction projects all that engaging. Thankfully Mallon does. He looks at these construction projects and sees beauty, the power of nature and inspired engineering. He is there to witness for us huge subway cars past their prime dumped into the water to recycle them into underwater reefs to support sea life. He is also there to witness for us a large commercial airplane extracted from the water as the final step to the clean-up of an historic emergency landing. He is there to capture these moments and share them with us. And these moments can happen very fast. Stephen shares that “The moment the car hits the water there’s this Titanic-esque moment when the water overtakes the car as it sinks. It’s incredibly fast — from the moment it’s picked up and thrown overboard for the fishes. The change from seeing steel lying on a barge out in the Atlantic to watching water rush in as it hits the ocean is quite dramatic.”
Stephen Mallon’s work inspires us to consider our responsibility and respect for nature and our complicated relationship with it. It is this quality that makes the work distinctly American. Like artists before him Mallon continues the work of The Hudson River School, the oldest Art movement in America. These artists captured the American landscape in epic size to depict the power of nature and the relationship man has with it. Watching “Willis Avenue Bridge” makes you wonder what if the mid-19th century American painter Thomas Cole were given access to a film crew. Standing in front of a large photo of icy waters engulfing the hull of the plane speaks in a modern way of our relationship to nature.
Mallon also tells stories in motion. The show “Land In Sea” also features the time lapse video “A Bridge Delivered”. Set to the aptly name song “Bruckner Boulevard” by DJ Logic and composed of 30,000 still photographs Mallon’s Video is a lyrical piece following the newly constructed Willis Avenue Bridge from its assembly point near Albany to its home on the Harlem River near 125th Street. It is this video that inspired numerous awards and showings as well as a relationship with the Department of Transportation to continue his work documenting construction projects.
The show “Land In Sea” reminds us of the power of our relationship with nature and inspires us to find beauty in the overlooked. And it’s a good thing too since these are the things that make our time on earth all the more interesting.
Stephen Mallon is represented by Front Room Gallery, 147 Roebling Street, Brooklyn New York. 718-782-2556, www.frontroom.org
-Michele Jaslow, Curator
And the blooper version:
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!