Atlantic Basin (Brooklyn) (and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal)

  • Looking northeast at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal with QM2 in port, from a ferry rounding Red Hook, Brooklyn on a sunny afternoon

    Located in the westernmost portion of Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Atlantic Basin is formed by Brooklyn Piers 10, 11 and 12 and sits on the Buttermilk Channel in the Upper New York Bay across from Governors Island. The Atlantic Basin Berthing Site is bordered by Buttermilk Channel to the west, Imlay Street to the east, Red Hook Container Terminal to the north and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to the south.


  • The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is one of three terminals for ocean-going cruise ships in the metropolitan New York City area. The terminal is located at Red Hook Pier 12, which forms the south side of the Atlantic Basin at Pioneer and Imlay Streets in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York. The terminal opened on April 15, 2006, with the arrival of the RMS Queen Mary 2. The terminal is 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2) and sits on Buttermilk Channel, a tidal strait separating Brooklyn from Governors Island


See also “New York Cruise Ship Schedule.”

Circa 1870, Atlantic Docks and Basin. Photo Source:

Brooklyn docks 1916, Pictorial History of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Eagle 1916 This 1916 “Bird’s Eye View” of the Brooklyn waterfront shows Red Hook in the left half of the image: At the extreme left, the New York Warehouses at the foot of Van Brunt st. Above the N. Y. warehouses are the Merchant Stores and the German America Warehouses Pretty much in the center is the Atlantic Basin, surrounded by the the various warehouses. Running through the banner towards the waterfront is Hamilton Ave ending at the Hamilton Ave Ferry. Above the Atlantic basin is Governor’s Island. And to the right of Hamilton Ave are the numerous other piers running all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond. Photo Source:

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