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NY Waterfront is an alphabetical index of items in the “Categories” section.  See “Categories” for further descriptions.

Atlantic Basin, Brooklyn  (and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal)

The Atlantic Basin Iron Works was an ironworks that operated in Brooklyn, New York, in the early to mid-20th century. It built U.S. Navy warships during World War I and II. Today, the site is used by the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.



Battery Maritime Building

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.


Battery Park City

Battery Park City is a 92-acre (0.4 km²) planned community at the southwestern tip of lower Manhattan. This section of North River Sail New York also includes historical information related to past and present, westside piers, below Hudson River Park.

Bethlehem Steel Company, Staten Island, New York

Along the North Shore of Staten Island Bethlehem Steel’s World War II-era shipyard in New York was located at Mariners Harbor, near the northernmost tip of Staten Island, at the south end of Newark Bay and within sight to the west of the Bayonne Bridge, from which many destroyer completion photos were taken.


Bridges and Tunnels in New York City

New York City’s harbor and multiple waterways are what once made it the center of trade, but today they make it a city of bridges and tunnels. Over 2,000 of them provide uninterrupted vehicular movement throughout the region.


Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park currently under construction on the Brooklyn waterfront in the vicinity of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.


Brooklyn Navy Yard

The Brooklyn NavyYard is an American shipyard located in Brooklyn, 1.7 miles (2.7 km) northeast of the Battery on the East River in Wallabout Basin, a semicircular bend of the River across from Corlear’s Hook in Manhattan.


Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92


Castle Clinton

Castle Clinton or Fort Clinton was once a circular sandstone fort now located in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan.


Castle Williams

Castle Williams is a circular fortification of red sandstone on the northwest point of Governors Island, part of a system of forts designed and constructed in the early 19th century to protect New York City from naval attack.


Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, sometimes known as Communipaw Terminal was the Central Railroad of New Jersey‘s waterfront passenger terminal at the mouth of the Hudson River at the Upper New York Bay in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Colgate Clock

Colgate Clock  is an octagonal clock facing the Hudson River near Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. It has a diameter of 50 feet (15 m).  It is currently situated 400 metres (1,300 ft) south of where the headquarters of consumer products conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive used to be sited, before it left the area in 1985.


Ellis Island

Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the site of the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. It became part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and since 1990, hosts a museum of immigration run by the National Park Service. A 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found most of the island to be part of New Jersey.



Empty Sky (9/11 Memorial)

Empty Sky is the official New Jersey September 11 memorial to the state’s victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States. It is located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City at the mouth of Hudson River across from the World Trade Center site. Designed by Jessica Jamroz and Frederic Schwartz, it was dedicated on Saturday, September 10, 2011, a the day before the tenth anniversary of the attacks.


Ferry Binghamton

The Binghamton – is a retired ferryboat that operated from 1905 to 1967 transporting passengers across the Hudson River between Manhattan and Hoboken.


Fireboat John J. Harvey

The John J. Harvey is a fireboat formerly of the New York City Fire Department in New York City, famed for returning to service following the September 11, 2001 attacks.


Fort Jay

Fort Jay is a harbor fortification and the name of the former Army post located on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Fort Jay is the oldest defensive structure on the island, built to defend Upper New York Bay, but has served other purposes. Together with Castle Williams it is managed by the National Park Service as Governors Island National Monument.


Fort Hamilton Museum

Historic Fort Hamilton is located in the southwestern corner of the New York City borough of Brooklyn surrounded by the communities of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst, and is one of several posts that are part of the region which is headquartered by the Military District of Washington. Its mission is to provide the New York metropolitan area with military installation support for the Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.


Fort Lafayette (no longer exists)

Fort Lafayette was an island coastal fortification in New York Harbor, built offshore from Fort Hamilton at the southern tip of what is now Bay Ridge in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Construction of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge forced the fort’s destruction in 1960; the Brooklyn-side bridge pillars now occupy the fort’s former foundation site.  Constructed on Hendrick’s Reef during the War of 1812 and finally completed in 1818, Fort Diamond was renamed in 1825 to celebrate the Marquis de La Fayette, hero of the American Revolution who was returning to his native France after his year-long grand tour of the United States.


Fort Wadsworth

Fort Wadsworth is a former United States military installation on Staten Island in New York City, situated on The Narrows which divide New York Bay into Upper and Lower halves, a natural point for defense of the Upper Bay and Manhattan beyond. Prior to closing in 1994 it claimed to be the longest continually-manned military installation in the United States. It is now maintained by the National Park Service.


Governors Island

Governors Island is a 172-acre  island in Upper New York Bay, approximately one-half mile (1 km) from the southern tip of Manhattan Island and separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel.


Grant’s Tomb

General Grant National Memorial (as designated by the U.S. National Park Service), better known as Grant’s Tomb, is a mausoleum containing the bodies of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), American Civil War General and 18th President of the United States, and his wife, Julia Dent Grant (1826–1902). The tomb complex is a presidential memorial in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. The structure is situated in a prominent location in Riverside Park overlooking the Hudson River.


Hoboken Shipyard


Hoboken Terminal

Hoboken Terminal is one of the New York Metropolitan area‘s major transportation hubs. The commuter-oriented intermodal facility, is located on the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey. It is served by nine New Jersey Transit (NJT) commuter rail lines, one Metro-North Railroad line, various NJT buses and private bus lines, the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail, the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) rapid transit system and NY Waterway-operated ferries. More than 50,000 people use the terminal daily.


Hoffman Island

Hoffman Island is one of two small artificial islands in the Lower New York Bay, off South Beach, Staten Island.A smaller island, known as Swinburne Island, lies immediately to the south.  Created from Orchard Shoals by the addition of landfill in 1872 and named for former New York City mayor (1866–1868), and then-current New York Governor (1869–1871) John Thompson Hoffman, Hoffman Island covers 11 acres (4.45 hectares), while Swinburne Island’s area is about 4 acres (16,000 m²).The latter island, also of artificial origin, was originally called Dix Island, but was renamed in honor of Dr. John Swinburne, a noted military surgeon during the Civil War. In the early 1900s, the islands were used as a quarantine station, housing immigrants found to have been carrying contagious diseases when they landed at Ellis Island.At the start of World War II the United States Merchant Marine used both islands as a training station (which opened in 1938); the Quonset huts built during this period still stand on Swinburne Island.  Today, both Hoffman and Swinburne islands are managed by the National Park Service as part of the Staten Island Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. They are still off-limits to the general public, however, to protect the islands’ avian residents. Hoffman Island hosts a large number of nesting wading birds, including great egret, snowy egret, black-crowned night heron, and glossy ibis. Double-crested cormorant dominate Swinburne, and great black-backed gulls nest on both islands. Beginning in 2001, harbor seals have been seen wintering around the islands.


Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park is a waterside park on the Hudson River that extends from 59th Street south to Battery Park in the New York City borough of Manhattan.  This section of North River Sail New York also includes historical information related to past and present, westside piers, above Battery Park.


Hudson River Waterfront 9/11 Memorial

The memorial marks the site where about 60,000 people were evacuated by ferry from Manhattan to New Jersey and received medical attention, water, and food on Sept. 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Source:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2011/09/hudson_riverfront_911_memorial.html

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space  Museum

The Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City. It is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street on the West Side of Manhattan. The museum showcases the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST and a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane. The museum serves as a hub for the annual Fleet Week events. Visiting warships dock at the cruise ship terminals to the north, and events are held on the museum grounds and the deck of the Intrepid.


Louis J. Valentino Jr., Park and Pier

Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier was originally built in 1996 by the City’s Economic Development Corporation before becoming a city park in 1999. From the pier can be seen the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, Manhattan’s skyline, Staten Island, and the New York Harbor. Other parks and attractions nearby include Red Hook Recreation Area/Red Hook Pool, The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge, and Beard Street Pier.


Manhattan Waterfront Greenway

The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a foreshoreway for walking or cycling, 32 miles (51 km) long, around the island of Manhattan. The largest portions are operated by the New York City Department of Parks. It is separated from motor traffic, and many sections also separate pedestrians from cyclists.


Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne

Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (“MOTBY”)was a U.S. military ocean terminal located in the Port of New York and New Jersey which operated from 1942 to 1999. The site is on Upper New York Bay south of Port Jersey on the eastern side of Bayonne, New Jersey.  Since its closure it has undergone maritime, residential, commercial, and recreational mixed-use development.


Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage, in lower Manhattan, was created as a living memorial to the Holocaust. The hexagonal shape and tiered roof of the building are symbolic of the six points of the Star of David and the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It opened September 15, 1997.


National Lighthouse Museum

A coalition of leading lighthouse preservation and membership organizations from Maine to California unanimously selected the original US Lighthouse Service Depot on Staten Island, NY in 1997 as the location for the National Lighthouse Museum.


Naval Station, New York

Naval Station New York, is a former United States Navy Naval Station on Staten Island in New York City.Opened in the 1980s, it was to be part of the Reagan administration‘s Strategic Homeport program. The station had two sections: a Strategic Homeport in Stapleton and a larger section near Fort Wadsworth, where the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge enters the island.

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

North River Wastewater Treatment Plant

The North River Wastewater Treatment Plant, which processes 125 million gallons of wastewater every day during dry weather, and it is designed to handle up to 340 million gallons a day when the weather is wet.



Connected by ferries, bike paths and public transportation, the waterfront sites of NYHarborWay are the perfect destinations for recreation, relaxation and escape.


Palisades Interstate Park

The Palisades are the cliffs on the west bank of the Hudson River across from and continuing north of Manhattan island.


Red Hook Container Terminal

The Red Hook Marine Terminal is an intermodal freight transport facility that includes a container terminal located on the Upper New York Bay in the Port of New York and New Jersey. The maritime facility in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York handles container ships and bulk cargo.


Riverbank State Park

Riverbank State Park is a 28-acre park built on the top of a sewage treatment facility on the Hudson River, in the New York City borough of Manhattan.


Riverside Church

The Riverside Church in the City of New York is an interdenominational (American Baptist and United Church of Christ) church in New York City, famous for its elaborate Gothic architecture—which includes the world’s largest tuned carillon bell. It is located in Morningside Heights between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue and between 120th Street and 122nd Street.


Riverside Park South

Riverside Park is a scenic waterfront public park on the Upper West Side of the borough of Manhattan. The park consists of a narrow four-mile (6 km) strip of land between the Hudson River and the gently curving rise-and-fall of Riverside Drive. When the park was first laid out, access to the river was blocked by the right-of-way of the New York Central Railroad West Side Line; later it was covered over with an esplanade lined with honey-locusts.


Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Monument

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Monumentcommemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the American Civil War. It is located at 89th Street and Riverside Drive in Riverside Park in the Upper West Side of New York City.


Sherman Zwicker (Grand Banks)

Launched in 1942 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, the F/V Sherman Zwicker is the last original, saltbank fishing vessel in existence.  The Sherman Zwicker became a fully operational, traveling museum, attending many tall ship festivities along the eastern seaboard, and frequently visiting her old ports of call in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to much fanfare. In 2014, the Grand Banks Schooner Museum Trust gifted the Sherman Zwicker to the Maritime Foundation to ensure her preservation for future generations.

Source:  http://www.grandbanks.org/sherman-zwicker

69th Street Railroad Transfer Bridge

The 69th Street Transfer Bridge, part of the West Side Line of the New York Central Railroad, was a dock for car floats which allowed the transfer of railroad cars from the rail line to barges which crossed the Hudson River to the Weehawken Yards in New Jersey. Its innovative linkspan design kept the boxcars from falling into the river while being loaded.  After it fell into disuse, it was in danger of being torn down and removed, but around the year 2000, during renovations of Riverside Park, following the example of Gantry Plaza State Park, it became a prominent feature of the park. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.


South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) is an intermodal shipping, warehousing, and manufacturing complex on the Upper New York Bay in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn in the Port of New York and New Jersey. A recycling and waster transfer facility managed by Sims Metal Management and an auto terminal are major tenants.


South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the history of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities.


Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World [French: La Liberté éclairant le monde]) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States.



Swinburne Island

The island was created in 1860.Along with Hoffman Island, it was used to quarantine immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century who were found to be carrying contagious diseases upon arrival at Ellis Island. The island was used for the last cholera outbreak in the United States in 1910-1911.Swinburne was the second built, about a mile south of the earlier island and has a crematorium. The island was originally called Dix Island, but was renamed in honor of Dr. John Swinburne (1820–1899), a military surgeon during the American Civil War.[5] At the start of World War II the United States Merchant Marine used both islands as a training station (which opened in 1938);[6] the Quonset huts built during this period still stand. The island is now managed by the National Park Service as part of the Staten Island Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.


Tanker Mary A. Whalen

The Mary A. Whalen is NYC’s favorite oil tanker, and our TankerTours are a vivid way to learn about energy sustainability issues, fuel distribution and consumption from the 1930′s to now.  TankerTours explain how this port is the largest petroleum through port in the country, and how this port supplies the whole northeast.


Tear of Grief

To the Struggle Against World Terrorism (also known as the Tear of Grief and the Tear DropMemorial) is a 10-story-high sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli that was given to the United States as an official gift of the Russian government as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.  It stands on The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor in New Jersey and was dedicated on September 11, 2006.


The Ports of New York, NY, and NJ, and Ports on Long Island, NY (Port Series No. 5)

A description of the waterfront facilities throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey as published by the US Army Corp of Engineers.


Tug Pegasus

To restore and preserve the 1907-built Tug Pegasus, a maritime icon whose very existence tells an important story about the history of the Port of New York/New Jersey.


Waterfront Museum

The Waterfront Museum, founded in 1985, is located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It is housed aboard the 1914 Lehigh Valley Barge #79, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


West Harlem Piers

West Harlem Piers (Henry Hudson Pkwy. between St. Clair Place and West 135 Stree) – The West Harlem Waterfront Park is a landscaped transformation of the historic Manhattanville shoreline. For thousands of years, the natural topography of this site formed a valley and small sheltered cove off the Hudson River, also known as the North River. This solitary break between the bluffs of today’s Morningside Heights and Washington Heights provided the only direct river access to the area’s earliest native residents as well as a convenient inroad to the area’s early 17th-century non-native arrivals.



Posted February 12, 2011 by David Polakoff

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