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Our special “North River” Boat Tour will feature the changing waterfront of the Hudson River: From ocean-going ships to kayaks. Renowned maritime historian Bill Miller will recall the days when ocean liners and cargo ships crowded a riverfront that is now home to waterfront parks.
From his website, Bill Miller At Sea: Bill Miller is considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners & cruise ships. This includes those great ships of the past, those “floating palaces,” as well as the current generation of cruise ships, the “floating resorts”. Called “Mr. Ocean Liner,” he has written over 60 books on the subject: from early steamers, immigrant ships and liners at war to other titles on their fabulous interiors, in post card form and about the highly collectible artifacts from them. He has done specific histories of such celebrated passenger ships as the United States, Queen Mary, Rotterdam, France, Queen Elizabeth 2, Costa Victoria, Super Star Leo and Crystal Serenity.
The tour begins by cruising around the southern tip of Manhattan and the large ferry terminals, continuing on past Staten Island and Governors Island. We travel north up along the west side of Manhattan passing by historic Castle Clinton and the Battery, then sailing upriver along much of Hudson River Park.
Captain John Doswell, joined by esteemed guest speaker Bill Miller will talk about historic ships, ferry terminals, fireboat terminals, historic Pier 57, Chelsea Piers, the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum and the passenger cruise ship terminals, past and present.
We then cross the Hudson to New Jersey touring the historic Hoboken waterfront of “On The Waterfront” fame, another active shipyard, the Morris Canal entrance culminating in a visit to the Statue of Liberty for a spectacular photo opportunity before returning to Pier 16.
This two-hour Hidden Harbor Tour® takes place Tuesday, 7 August at 6:15pm. Departing from Pier 16, South Street Seaport, Fulton Street and the East River in Manhattan, on the luxury passenger boat Zephyr*.
*Subject to change to New York Water Taxi pending day-of conditions, check at the NY Water Taxi ticket kiosk on the pier for details; Water Taxis board at Pier 17, South Street Seaport.
- All Hidden Harbor Tours take place aboard the Luxury Yacht ZEPHYR* (not a tugboat)
- ZEPHYR offers two fully enclosed decks, plus an open-air rooftop deck – all boasting breathtaking, panoramic views
- The main deck of ZEPHYR is the only wheel-chair accessible deck
- Two cash bars on board with beverage service and select snack options available for purchase
- Parking is available throughout the South Street Seaport vicinity and neighborhood – as a precaution, please allot for extra time to find a spot
- All Hidden Harbor Tours operate rain or shine*
- A portion of the ticket price supports the non-profit programs of the Working Harbor Committee
- Learn more at workingharbor.org
This weekend, historic places competing for grant money in the Partners in Preservation Program – will be opening their doors on May 5 & 6, 2012 for NYC Open House Weekend. There will be special events, behind-the-scenes tours and much more!
David welcomes visitors to the barge. credit Scott Baker
Come down to Hudson River Park Pier 25 (North Moore Street) for open house festivities all weekend. Tug Pegasus and the Waterfront Museum (Lehigh 79) are open for tours, May 5 & 6 from 1 – 5 pm. Check out their special events scheduled through May 15th!
USS Growler. credit: Max Smith
Visit Growler, meet former Growler crew members and explore submarine artifacts this weekend, May 5 & 6 from 10 am – 6 pm. Mention the secret password at the ticket booth to receive 20% OFF for up to four (4) people.
Firemaking the Lenape way at the Staten Island Museum
Activities include nature walks, open galleries and archives, live music, Harbor in Bloom, from 10 AM – 5 pm, including plant sale, fruit and vegetable sale, an orchid show and children’s crafts, May 5 & 6 from noon – 5 pm.
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee
By LAURA KUSISTO
Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 is moving toward creation of a 200-seat waterside restaurant, as planners aim to boost the sports-centered park into a dining destination as well.
In April, the Hudson River Park Trust will seeks proposals to develop a large restaurant at Pier 26, near Battery Park City. The facility, which will be the biggest full-service restaurant in the park, is still in the planning stages, but it will accommodate more than 200 people and will feature an open rooftop terrace.
“Pier 26 in a lot of ways can shift the tides of the culinary landscape of the entire West Side Highway,” said Steven Kamali, a restaurant consultant to hoteliers such as Aby Rosen and Ian Schrager, who was recently retained to advise the trust on a pro-bono basis.
The five-mile Hudson River Park snakes along the West Side Highway from 59th Street to the southern tip of Manhattan, and includes dog runs, bike lanes, athletic fields and courts. Rather than using city or state funding for its operations, the park relies on revenues from privately run concessions, permits, fees and donations.
The new Pier 26 spot sits near Battery Park City, which has experienced a flurry of recent restaurant openings, including North End Grill, Shake Shack and high-end barbecue joint Blue Smoke, all part of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Mr. Kamali said he hopes to lure big-name restaurants to the pier as well.
Madelyn Wils, chief executive of the trust, says the new restaurant is expected to generate limited revenue, but will be an amenity to help draw a more diverse crowd to the park.
“I envision a restaurant that is more seafood-oriented, but something that’s fun and appropriate for a park. Nothing too upscale, but something with good food and that will be attractive to both a business person and the neighborhood,” she said.
Hudson River Park already has several casual-dining options, but they have enjoyed mixed success. A concession near the West Village at Pier 45, which served snacks and light fare, closed last fall. The trust also is seeking a new casual noshing spot for that space.
Earlier this year, the trust reported a shortfall of about $10 million in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 on its website. Trust officials said they have since secured lease payments from long-term tenants that have erased the shortfall.