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Ferries and Fireboats

Ferries

The Binghamton

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Churches and Museums

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Monuments

The current Colgate Clock was built in 1924 to replace an earlier clock designed by Colgate engineer Warren Davey, which was constructed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company for Colgate’s centennial in 1906. After the current clock’s construction, the earlier clock was relocated to a Colgate factory in Clarksville, Indiana.  The Jersey City clock was maintained by John A. Winters from the 1930s until his retirement in 1976.

As of 2005, the Colgate Clock stands on an otherwise empty lot; all of the other buildings in the complex were demolished in 1985 when Colgate left. The lot is located on the Hudson River waterfront and the clock itself is 100 metres (330 ft) south of the Goldman Sachs Tower, the tallest skyscraper in the state of New Jersey. The construction of that building in the early 2000s forced a relocation of the clock southward to its current location. At that time, the size of the Colgate advertisement attached to it was reduced to comply with the Hudson River No Billboard law. As a part of the relocation agreement Goldman Sachs now maintains the clock.

The clock is a mandatory reporting point for flights below Class B airspace in the Hudson River VFR corridor.

In June 2013 it was announced that the clock would be refurbished and raised in order to allow for greater visibility

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colgate_Clock_%28Jersey_City%29

Colgate Clock, Paulus Hook, Jersey City, New Jersey. Photo source: http://mvbigsmile.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/DSCN4093.jpg

List of largest clock faces – The Colgate clock is the fifth largest clock face in the world and the second largest in the USA.  The Duquesne Brewing Company Clock, Pittsburgh, a single 18-metre octagonal clock built by Audichron of Atlanta, Georgia, in 1933, with 8.5-metre and 6.4-metre aluminium hands is the largest in the USA.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_clock_faces

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Ferry/Railroad Terminals and the Morris Canal

Ferry Terminals

  • Battery Maritime Building
    • http://batterymaritimebuilding.com
    • The Battery Maritime Building is a ferry terminal at 11 South Street near South Ferry at the tip of Manhattan, and is used for excursion tips as well as the seaonal ferry to Governor’s Island.The Beaux-Arts landmark building was completed in 1909 and used by ferries traveling to 39th Street in Brooklyn. Designed by the firm Walker and Morris, it used a variety of architectural metals, including cast iron, rolled steel, and stamped zinc and copper. It was originally paired with a twin, the Staten Island Terminal. The Brooklyn ferry service shut down in 1938, and since then the 140,000 sq. ft.building has seen various city tenants.

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Forts

Fort Wadsworth & Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Forts