Waterfront Heroes

Opening March 7th to June 21st, 2019

The Waterfront Heroes exhibit features 10 artist/activists working in the Bronx, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island who are working to preserve the waterfront in key ways.  They include painter Naima Rauam who has devoted herself to painting the Fulton Fish Market, both its current incarnation in the Bronx and its glorious history at the Seaport;  Rocking the Boat which teaches boat building to underserved youth in the Bronx, Bayhouse owners from both the Rockaways and Long Island;  and the Waterfront Museum in Brooklyn on a barge rescued and restored by David Sharps.

Waterfront Heroes is an interpretive exhibit that recognizes individuals and groups who are saving our region’s maritime heritage and traditions, so that future generations can learn about the tremendous history of our region’s waterfront cultural treasures.  Curated by Long Island TraditionsCity Lore and folklorists Naomi Sturm and Dan Ward, the exhibit celebrates ten unique folk artists and tradition bearers from Staten Island, New York City’s five boroughs, and Long Island. The exhibit includes historic and contemporary photographs by noted photographers Thomas Pich, Martha Cooper, Mike Busch/Great South Bay Images and others, along with curated audio pieces collected by folklorists and ethnographers Molly Garfinkel, Nancy Solomon, Steven Zeitlin, Naomi Sturm and others.
Those profiled in the exhibit include Samir Farag/Museum of Maritime Navigation & Communication, Tom Ferrie of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, Waterfront Barge founder David Sharps, steam whistle collector Conrad Milster, Rocking the Boat, the South Shore Bay House Owners Association and the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association.


The gallery is open for viewing Fridays 2 – 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 6pm, and by appointment. To schedule a visit outside of regular gallery hours, email Colleen at

Free and open to the public.









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