Public Programming

Fabien Cousteau

In celebration of World Oceans Day, join World Team Now and Fabien Cousteau for “Sustainable Solutions: Ocean Opportunities & Small Island States” (a United Nations (UN) - afforded multi-stakeholder partnership made possible by the Paris Agreements on Sustainable Development Goals). We'll hear Cousteau discuss his work for community engagement and education regarding ocean protection, as well as his work protecting and restoring corals, sharks, mangroves and sea turtle populations – as means for protecting our environment, humanity and the planet.

9pm, June 9th at Grand Banks

Liz McEnaney


The SS Columbia Project is restoring the 114-year-old steamboat Columbia and reviving the great tradition of day excursion vessels on the Hudson River. Once in service, the boat will be a new culture venue on the Hudson River -- a floating platform for arts, education and entertainment that reconnects New York City to the Hudson Valley. 

Please join us for a talk about the history of the Hudson River Day Line boats, and learn more about what it takes to bring a 1902-built steamboat back to life. Over the past 18 months, the boat has traveled over 250 nautical miles, glided across three rivers -- Detroit, Maumee, and Buffalo -- and crossed Lake Erie. She has passed the shoreline of three states -- Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania -- before landing for the first time in New York State. Columbia is now docked in the Buffalo River at Silo City.  

The presentation will be given by Executive Director Liz McEnaney, an architectural historian and preservationist who also teaches at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. 

Liz is an architectural historian and preservationist. She has curated museum exhibitions, developed site interpretation plans, and advocated for the waterfront issues in both New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Prior to finding her sea legs, Liz was Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and worked for artist Maya Lin’s What is Missing? Foundation. She has also been involved in Hudson Valley-focused initiatives. She produced the documentary film Hudson Rising and worked with the Commissioner of the New York State Quadricentennial Commission.

Liz is an adjunct professor in the Urban Design and the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She also teaches in the Sustainable Urban Design Program at NYU Tandon Engineering.

Lauren Elachi


Landscape Designer Lauren Elachi will discuss Living Breakwaters, an oyster centric landscape intervention to protect Staten Island from future storms.  

The Living Breakwaters concept design was developed by the SCAPE team for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design (RBD) Initiative, and was one of six winning proposals in this global competition. SCAPE’s layered approach overlays coastal resiliency infrastructure with habitat enhancement techniques and environmental stewardship models, linking in-water protective interventions to on-shore resiliency and community engagement.

Proposed for the South Shore of Staten Island, Living Breakwaters employs a necklace of breakwaters to buffer neighborhoods from wave damage and erosion while providing a more biodiverse habitat for juvenile fish, oysters, and other organisms. This living infrastructure is paired with social resiliency frameworks in adjacent neighborhoods on-shore to help increase awareness of risk, empower citizens, and engage local schools in waterfront education. The proposal was awarded to New York State and is currently being implemented by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery with $60 million of CDBG-DR funding allocated for this project, currently in the schematic design process.

Lauren Elachi is a Landscape Designer focusing on regional mapping projects and community resiliency. She holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. Using her fascination with infrastructure to drive her design work, Lauren has previous experience working on conceptual energy master planning projects for the Taiwan Strait, as well as smaller civic landscape and artistic installations in New York City. She was awarded the Penny White Grant from Harvard University to study nuclear waste disposal in Finland and Sweden, and has published on the political economy of plants.

Michi Jigarjian and Libby Pratt


New Draft Collective is a New York-based duo made up of Michi Jigarjian and Libby Pratt that operates as an artistic practice, facilitator, and publisher; and focuses particularly on reinvigorating and retelling maritime history and culture within a contemporary context.

Jigarjian and Pratt will be speaking about their recent event based work Re-Current which explores the ever changing sociopolitical and physical landscape of lower Manhattan and its surrounding waters.

Second in its series, Re-Current is an event based work which explores the ever changing sociopolitical and physical landscape of lower Manhattan and its surrounding waters. On October 2nd 2016 New Draft Collective hosted a three hour sail with 40 passengers aboard the schooner Pioneer. The curated program included sound performances from land to water, conversations led by artists and curators which uncovered the diverse histories of the New York Harbor’s shoreline along with moments of recreation and leisure. Anchored by the performance piece “Voices Heard” the day’s events allowed for moments of reflective pause engaging the participatory passengers in a collective shared experience. The departure from the city allowed for new perspectives of the land bringing to light a myriad historical exploration of cultural and physical evolution of the New York Harbor. 


Pete Malinowski


Join Pete Malinowski, director of the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), as he paints a vivid picture of the oyster life of New York Harbor. Using the BOP oyster seeding cages hung over the side of our ship, Pete will explain how the harbor can be populated with a billion oysters by 2030.

Pete has taught marine science and aquaculture at New York Harbor School since 2008 and since 2010 has served as the school’s Aquaculture Program Director. In 2014 he was named Director of the Billion Oyster Project, which he developed with Murray Fisher. Pete has played a lead role in local marine restoration efforts, notably in connection with the Oyster Restoration Research Project (ORRP) in New York Harbor. Prior to joining Harbor School, he worked as a tall ship educator and deckhand at Ocean Classroom Foundation, and as a seasonal foreman at the Fishers Island Oyster Farm. Pete holds a B.A. from Vassar College, and is a Coast Guard licensed captain.

Lars Viola


An oyster is a truly a function of time and place, a reflection of where it was grown and how it lived. Join oyster expert Lars Viola, and explore a selection of sustainable oysters from both coasts. Learn how to safely and cleanly shuck a variety of breeds, understand their provenance and peculiarities, and delight in their unique flavors as you taste the fruits of your labor.

This event is sponsored by the Maritime Foundation, and is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Bren Smith & Brendan Coffey


Learn about (and taste!) the food grown on revolutionary 3-D ocean farms with Bren Smith and Brendan Coffey, founders of GreenWave.  GreenWave helps commercial fishermen redefine their place within an industry struggling to adapt to the realities of climate change and depleted global fisheries.  Farming shellfish and seaweed in our coastal waters is a regenerative solution that creates jobs and a much needed economic alternative.


Marion Lear Swaybill & Noah Kaufmann

Noah Kaufmann, digital editor of Food and Wine, hosts a conversation with Marion Lear Swaybil, author of Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw.

In Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw, Marion Lear Swaybill presents a wide-ranging visual exploration of this iconic shellfish, including stunning portraits of more than fifty oyster varietals, the latest photographs from some of the country’s most renowned and beautiful oyster farms, and notable illustrations of oysters in the arts and culture, all alongside a lively and informative text. For centuries, oysters have had the power to sustain and delight, inspiring writers and artists, lowly cooks and four-star chefs, laborers and gourmands, and everyone in between. A feast for the eyes and the palate oysters also are rich in history and lore. 

Julie Qiu


Julie Qiu, acclaimed oyster expert and connoisseur, will lead a discussion and free tasting of a variety of oyster species. Sponsored by the Maritime Foundation, and entitled Oyster Explorers, this journey is intended to bridge the knowledge gap between consumer and industry professionals. Julie is an internationally-recognized oyster expert and founder of In A Half Shell, based in New York City. Her passion for oyster appreciation and sustainable seafood has inspired her to create unique tasting and educational experiences such as the New York Oyster Crawl, Oyster Omakase Pop Up Tasting Club, and co-author products such as the New York Oyster Map, and 33 Oysters on the Half Shell Tasting Notebook. In A Half Shell has been recognized as one of Fathom Away’s “Top 24 Travel Blogs of 2015,” and SAVEUR’s “Sites We Love.”

Murray Fisher


Murray Fisher will speak about the Billion Oyster Project, an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor and engaging hundreds of thousands of school children through restoration based STEM education programs. Murray has been President of New York Harbor Foundation since he created the organization in 2010. He founded Urban Assembly New York Harbor School in 2003 and served as its Program Director until 2010. Murray led the school’s move from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn to a newly renovated building on Governors Island and led a successful capital campaign for the school’s new waterfront Marine Affairs, Science and Technology (MAST) Center. Murray is the co-founder of the Billion Oyster Project. Prior to founding Harbor School, he worked as a Field Coordinator at Waterkeeper Alliance and an Educator at Hudson Riverkeeper. Murray holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. 

Paul Greenberg & Kerry Heffernan



Sustainable Seafood Week and the Maritime Foundation are pleased to present a conversation between author, Paul Greenberg, and chef, Kerry Heffernan, covering under-appreciated fish  species, the state of commercial fishing, and the future of ocean habitats. 

Paul Greenberg is an American author and essayist. Since 2005 Greenberg has written regularly for the New York Times in the Magazine, Book Review and Opinion sections, focusing on fish, aquaculture and the future of the ocean. His book, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food  received wide critical acclaim, most notably on the cover of the New York Times Book Review by the Times' restaurant critic Sam Sifton "a necessary book," Sifton wrote, "for anyone truly interested in what we take from the sea to eat, and how". Greenberg has been both a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow. In 2011 Greenberg won the James Beard Award for Writing and Literature for Four Fish and he now lectures widely throughout North America.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Connecticut, Kerry Heffernan began working in restaurants at age 15. Following high school, Kerry bicycled through Europe, eventually setting up camp in the South of France baking croissants. He returned home to attend the Culinary Institute of America, graduating second in his class. After spending another year cooking and traveling throughout Europe, Kerry came back to New York City, honing his skills at such highly regarded restaurants as Montrachet, Le Régence, Restaurant Bouley and Mondrian with Tom Colicchio before landing his first job as Chef de Cuisine at One Fifth Avenue.

Kerry later became the Executive Chef of the Westbury Hotel's famed Polo Restaurant, training ground of such extraordinary talents as Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud. Soon afterward Kerry opened Union Square Hospitality Group's Eleven Madison Park as Executive Chef and eventually became partner. Under his leadership, the restaurant received numerous accolades, including a tie with Per Se on Zagat Survey's "Top 20 Most Popular Restaurants in New York," The James Beard Foundation's Award for Outstanding Service in America, and Esquire Magazine's "Best New Restaurant."

Kerry is currently Executive Chef at Grand Banks. He previously spent a five-year tenure as Executive Chef of New York City's South Gate, and created and continues to work as a consultant to "15 CPW," a private restaurant at Manhattan's toniest address. Kerry remains active outside the kitchen in philanthropy, serving on the City Harvest Food Council and cooking for Share Our Strength, Project by Project, and both the Central Park and Madison Square Park Conservancies and as an advisor to several nonprofit agencies charged with seafood sustainability and conservation. In 2012, Kerry was honored as the commencement speaker at the Culinary Institute of America.

An avid outdoorsman and seafood expert, Kerry has won several charity fishing tournaments, including the "Manhattan Cup" and the "Montauk Redbone." In addition to appearing as a guest judge on Top Chef All-Stars, Kerry has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart, CBS and CNN's American Morning. Kerry is currently working on a cookbook about foraging, fishing and cooking on the East End of Long Island.

Logan Rowell


Outdoor Fest and the Maritime Foundation are pleased to present Logan  Rowell, an expert sailor and instructor, speaking about ocean exploration and  bluewater sailing. Logan has acquired tens of thousands of nautical miles as a captain in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific; including 3 Panama Canal transits. He holds a US Coast Guard Masters Captains License and a Business Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School. Logan is the director of Atlantic Yachting, a New York based sailing school. 

Sean Wentworth

Join Us Monday, October 27th, 5pm

Sean Wentworth, an expert mariner, will speak about celestial navigation and wayfinding. Sean has extensive experience as an advanced instructor at some of America's best sailing schools. He is a graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy; has been a licensed captain since he was 18 years old; and has logged over 50,000 blue water nautical miles, including multiple Atlantic crossings. Sean is more at home on a boat than he is on land, and he loves to share his nautical expertise.

His stats and specialties: Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage for Motor and Steam, Oceans license and a 100 ton Masters license with Aux/Sail endorsements for Oceans. Unlimited Radar Observer, GMDSS, BST, LIFEBOATMAN, Dangerous Liquids, Liquid Natural Gas Assistant, Advanced Shipboard Firefighting, Ocean Survival, advanced CPR & First Aid, Anti-Piracy, VSO/CSO, Fast Rescue Boat, TWIC and full STCW - 95 compliance, Advanced Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Electronic Navigation (including marine communications), Plane, Mercator, Parrallel, Great Circle, Composite and Mid Latitude Sailing Navigation, Terrestrial Navigation, Raster & Vector ECDIS systems, Ships Stability and Trim Systems.

Paul Gallay

Join us Monday, October 13th, 6pm

Paul Gallay, the President and Hudson Riverkeeper of Riverkeeper will speak on his work preserving and protecting the Hudson River and its watershed. Since 1990 Paul and the Riverkeeper team have worked to protect the Hudson River and the drinking water supplies for nine million New Yorkers. An attorney and educator, Paul has dedicated himself to the environmental movement since 1987, when he left the private practice of law and went to work for the New York State Attorney General. In 1990, Paul began a ten-year stint at New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, where he brought hundreds of corporate and government polluters to justice. Paul subsequently spent a decade in the land conservation movement before becoming Riverkeeper’s President in 2010. Paul is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia Law School and has held a number of teaching positions, including his current appointment with The Beacon Institute/Clarkson University.

Marc Yaggi

Join Us Monday, October 6th, 6pm

Marc Yaggi the Executive director of the Waterkeeper Alliance, will speak on issues facing the world’s waterways..  For more than 15 years working within the Waterkeeper movement, Marc Yaggi has been instrumental in expanding Waterkeeper Alliance’s reach, helping to start new Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. Appointed Waterkeeper Alliance’s Executive Director in March 2011, Marc leads the fastest growing grassroots environmental movement in the world with a deep passion for clean water. Marc provides organizational leadership, develops new partnerships and growth opportunities, builds cohesion between the organization’s wide range of programs, and promotes the Waterkeeper model of advocacy around the world. Through all of these efforts, Marc works to raise public awareness of the environmental issues central to the organization’s vision for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water worldwide.

Buckley Mcallister

Join Us Monday, September 29th, 6pm

Buckley McAllister, the president of McAllister Towing, will talk about trends in the industry, the evolution of vessels and other technology and how the industry has adapted to changes in regulations and the environment. The towing company has been family owned for its entire 149 year history. Currently they operate 70 tugs in over a dozen ports from Portland, Maine to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Much of McAllister's work is right here in New York Harbor.  Over the last century and a half, the McAllisters have seen many changes in the operations, laws and vessels that govern the shipping industry in New York Harbor. 

Kate Orff

Join us Monday, September 22nd, 6pm

Kate Orff will discuss her, now funded, $60 million project Living Breakwaters.  In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the federal government allocated over one billion dollars to rebuild that Sandy affected region more resiliently.  The Office of Housing and Urban Development led Rebuild by Design, a design competition to access these funds. The SCAPE team, led be Kate Orff and in partnership with Billion Oyster Project designed a winning proposal to build Living Breakwaters off the southern end of Staten Island.  Kate will be discussing this project and her other ideas to incorporate rising water levels and severe storms into our city.


Join us Thursday July 10th for the opening of Zwicker,  an exhibition by New Draft Collective commissioned by the Maritime Foundation.

Shaped by the story of the schooner F/V Sherman Zwicker, the show links historical artifacts, archival photographs, and contemporary installations that speak to the history of the craft and its place in maritime culture.

A majority of the show occupies the interiors of the original fish hold below deck. Once used for the storing and salting of codfish, this cavernous timber framed space creates a dynamic dialogue between the past and the present life of the boat.

For example, one of the installations, “Codfish,” is a back-lit bay filled completely with salt, highlighting the vessels original function. Another bay features a projected series of archival photographs of past crewmen and fisherman and typical scenes from the cod fishing industry. Two bays, “Sextant” and “Ropes, Lines” speak to the obsolescence and perseverance of certain technologies. Before GPS replaced sextants, navigating by the sky was the sole means of navigation aboard Sherman Zwicker as she fished the Grand Banks. Alternatively, ropes, or more commonly called ‘lines’ in maritime culture, have eluded this obsolescence—they have been used on boats for thousands of years and continue to be an integral part of sailing. Bringing the exhibition to the present, like a portal to the outside “Hudson River” depicts a video of moving water—the Hudson itself, reminding viewers (and New Yorkers) that they are surrounded by water. Lastly, the bay entitled “Watch” speaks to the culture aboard a ship, both the regimentation of life aboard a boat determined by keeping watch and the slippage of time that occurs.

Outside the bays, the exhibition creates an atmospheric experience of the operational era of the Sherman Zwicker through the display of antique books, charts, and artifacts. Presented on the original ladder that used to provide sole access to the hold, the passage of time is evident in the deeply worn out steps. Also included are photographs from the archive of the Penobscot Marine Museum and informational text about the history of the boat and the cod fishing industry.


New Draft Collective is a New York-based duo made up of Michi Jigarjian and Libby Pratt that operates as an artistic practice, facilitator, and publisher; and focuses particularly on issues of maritime history and culture.

Founded in 2011, New Draft Collective: Michi Jigarjian and Libby Pratt are recipients of a Swing Space 2013 artist residency at Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Recent projects include the launch of Mold: Pedestal (Vol. 1) at Printed Matter, NYC through their imprint Secretary Press.

Paul Greenberg

Join us June 30th at 7:30PM for a talk and tasting featuring Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish and American Catch.


The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) and Chefs Collaborative are bringing Bristol Bay’s salmon and story to New York City for a rare Alaska salmon event. Guests will have a chance to enjoy fresh Bristol Bay sockeye salmon – flown in from the remote waters of Bristol Bay, Alaska - while New York Times bestselling author Paul Greenberg (Four Fish) discusses his newest book, “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.”

In American Catch, Greenberg shows how we destroyed our food relationship with our oceans, and sets out to understand how that breach might be mended. To do so, he explores three quintessential American seafoods: the New York oyster, Gulf shrimp, and the Alaskan sockeye salmon.

Greenberg specifically highlights Bristol Bay, Alaska’s sockeye salmon fishery and investigates the proposed Pebble Mine project, which threatens the future health of Bristol Bay’s salmon. For the last ten years, commercial salmon fishermen, Alaska Native tribes, chefs, jewelers, and others have been fighting to save Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery from the Pebble Mine. In response to these requests, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently weighing protective measures under the Clean Water Act.