“Waterfront Heroes” is an interpretive exhibit that recognizes individuals and groups who are working to preserve the New York region’s maritime heritage and traditions. Curated by City Lore and Long Island Traditions, along with folklorists Naomi Sturm and Dan Ward, the exhibit celebrates unique tradition bearers from New York City’s five boroughs and Long Island.
The opening reception and City Lore’s induction into The Smithsonian Affiliates Program will be held Thursday, March 7th, 6 – 9 p.m., and will feature Bob Wright and Harbortown peforming sea chanties and seafaring music from Staten Island.
Those profiled and honored in the exhibit include Samir Farag of the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication; Ray Keenan of Pilots of Sandy Hook Association; The Waterfront Museum founder David Sharps; steam whistle collector Conrad Milster; Adam Green, founder and executive director of Rocking the Boat empowering youth through boatbuilding and environmental stewardship; the South Shore Bay House Owners Association; North Oyster Bay Baymen's Association; Fulton Fish Market painter Naima Rauam; the South Shore Waterfowlers Association; Hurricane Sandy hero and kavi singer Seetha Wickramasuriya; and Carolina Salgeuro, founder and president of PortSide NewYork, a living lab for promoting better urban waterways.
This exhibit includes historic and contemporary photographs and videos by noted photographers Tom Pich Photography, Martha Cooper, Mike Busch from Great South Bay Images/Mike Busch, and others. Exhibit design by Fred Elman and Joan Raiselis.
The gallery is open for viewing Fridays 2 – 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 6 p.m., and by appointment. To schedule a visit outside of regular gallery hours, email Colleen at colleen @ citylore.org.
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