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Want to see something cool?
A Hidden Harbor® Newark Bay Tour is in the offing, which will take place onboard the luxury tour boat Zephyr.
Produced by the Working Harbor Committee of New York, a 501c3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen awareness of the working harbor’s history and vitality today, and its opportunities for the future.
The tour will be departing from South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 in Lower Manhattan, on Tuesday the 10th of September, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Our vessel features two fully enclosed and climate controlled decks with all amenities. There is an open-air roof deck which offers panoramic views of the incredible harbor of New York and New Jersey. Snacks and beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for onboard purchase on the spacious and comfortable ship.
Hidden Harbor® Tours are presented by Working Harbor Committee in partnership with the New York Water Taxi/Circle Line Downtown.
Visiting Brooklyn’s Erie Basin, then “Tugboat Alley” (aka the Kill Van Kull), our ultimate destination will be the Port Elizabeth and Port Newark container terminals. The Statue of Liberty will be visited on the way home, at sunset.
Tugboats, oil barges, tankers, container ships, car carriers, ocean liners and ferries ply the busy waters of New York Harbor daily, but most of their activity is hidden from land. On this cruise tour-goers will get an insider’s view of New York’s working harbor – the largest port on the East Coast and the third busiest in the nation.
Working Harbor Committee offers boat tours from May to October. Tours are narrated by people who know the harbor intimately – tugboat captains, maritime historians and other experts. WHC’s schedule includes visits to places like the tugboat berths in Erie Basin and Kill Van Kull, container, breakbulk, oil and car ports in Brooklyn and New Jersey, Newtown Creek and many other locations.
The group has been in operation for ten years, and proceeds derived from the tour help to support educational programs for at risk youths, as well as offering free harbor programming for senior citizens.
Onboard our comfortable NY Water Taxi vessel Zephyr, you will be delighted by a never-ending parade of tugboats, cargo vessels, and see the immense cargo handling equipment which lines the shorelines. Hear the realities of keeping a 24/7 operation like this- which employs tens of thousands of New Yorkers- running from maritime experts and harbor insiders.
The world of working maritime vessels and facilities is vitally important to the area’s economic well-being.
Want to know where your Toyota came in? How the ingredients for your chocolate bar got here? How your trash is removed?
Welcome to the Working Harbor.
This tour passes by the Red Hook Container Terminal and visits Erie Basin, home of Hughes Brothers Barges and Reinauer Tugs before crossing the harbor toward Staten Island. It then enters Kill Van Kull, the area’s busiest waterway dividing Staten Island and Bayonne, passing tug yards, oil docks and marine repair facilities.It then passes under the Bayonne Bridge and visits the giant container ports of Newark Bay: Port Newark and the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal, where the world’s largest container ships tie up.
On the way back, we pass by Military Ocean Terminal, the 9/11 Teardrop Memorial, the Robbins Reef Lighthouse and more.
The Statue of Liberty, at sunset, is our last stop before returning to Pier 16.
The September 10th Newark Bay tour will be led by Captain John Doswell, executive director of Working Harbor Committee.
Capt. Doswell was a writer, designer, producer and software developer for many years before turning his attention to NYC’s waterfront. He serves on the board of several waterfront organizations and founded Friends of Hudson River Park. In addition, he is a waterfront consultant and event producer. Capt. Doswell runs the annual tug race on the Hudson River, and has been involved with everything from Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s “City of Water Day” to “Op Sail”.
Special guest narrator Ed Kelly, executive director of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, will draw on his long maritime experience to describe how the port works.
“The maritime industry delivers the American way of life. It is essential to the nation’s security and economic well-being,” Ed Kelly has said. But because we have gotten so good at what we do people don’t even know we do it any more. It is hidden away. That’s why tours like this are so important.”
Get onboard with the Working Harbor Committee, and order tickets to our September 10th Newark Bay tour with Capt. John Doswell and Ed Kelly, click here for the NY Water Taxi ticketing page.
Yesterday, the City announced a new FREE weekend ferry will launch May 25th and will operate all summer between Manhattan and Red Hook.
The Red Hook Summer Ferry service will run from Pier 11 in lower Manhattan to Van Brunt Street and IKEA, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.
The new stop at the Van Brunt street-end will use an existing, currently unused ferry landing just up the block from Fairway and the vibrant neighborhood of Red Hook, filled with their amazing collection of foods, wines and hand-crafted treasures by local artisans.
And as an added bonus, you’ll get a free transfer onto the northbound East River Ferry at Pier 11 – sail from Red Hook to midtown – all for free! *applause*
“Hurricane Sandy hit the Red Hook community hard, and that’s why we’re making it easier than ever for New Yorkers to get to small businesses in the area in order to help the community continue to recover. By expanding the already successful free IKEA ferry to another stop in the heart of Red Hook, and by connecting it to the East River Ferry that is celebrating its two millionth ride this week, the free Red Hook summer ferry will help boost the local economy. I look forward to the Red Hook Ferry’s opening this Memorial Day and encourage all New Yorkers to try it.” – Mayor Bloomberg
Two boats will run as part of the Red Hook Ferry, traveling between Pier 11, the Van Brunt Street landing and the IKEA landing. More details:
- Service will run from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 25th) through Labor Day Weekend, including the Mondays of Memorial Day and Labor Day (Monday, September 2nd).
- Each landing will be served every 25 minutes, improving upon the current frequency which is approximately 40 minutes.
- Free transfers will be provided northbound on the East River Ferry at Pier 11, connecting riders from Red Hook to Midtown Manhattan.
The Red Hook Summer Ferry is the result of a partnership between New York Water Taxi; Billybey Ferry Company, which operates the East River Ferry; Fairway Market; IKEA; and the O’Connell Organization, which owns the pier at which the Red Hook Ferry will operate. All of the City’s partners are working to make the public aware of the new service to encourage ridership.
The Red Hook Summer Ferry expanded service will provide Red Hook businesses with additional, much-needed foot traffic and economic activity, as well as provide an additional weekend transit option for local residents to an area which is presently underserved by public transportation options. Read more here…
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee
Working Harbor Committee is having a
Sizzlin’ September Party!
Wednesday 12 September from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Pier 66 Maritime (The Frying Pan Pier)
West 26th Street & Hudson River
Order tickets here
Special Honoree: Andrew Genn
“Andrew Genn, Sr. Vice President, Ports & Transportation, NYC EDC has been the most steadfast advocate that the working waterfront has had in City government over the past decade-plus that he has worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. His knowledge of the maritime industry, its history, its current needs and its vital role in the City’s future make Andrew an articulate and passionate spokesperson and no one in the Bloomberg Administration hasn’t learned from him on this subject. He is the City’s unofficial embassador to the Port Authority, his diplomatic skills forwarding what is right for the working waterfront even in turbulent times. A peacekeeper by nature, a champion of labor and the underdog, and a true New Yorker, Andrew has added greatly to the debate as to what is the “highest and best use” for the City’s waterfront.” – Venetia Lannon, Regional Director, DEC Region 2
Come join us for a fun-filled evening of food, drink and friends. We are doubly honored to have Helena Durst, President of New York Water Taxi and Circle Line Downtown, to present the award to our special honoree Andrew Genn.
Proceeds to benefit the Working Harbor Committee in its mission
to educate residents, visitors and youth on the vitality and importance
of our working harbor and its educational programs
to introduce youth to opportunities in the maritime world.
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee
The excitement on the dock was palpable, as eager tour passengers started to arrive for the special OpSail 2012 Parade of Sail tour. Volunteers from Working Harbor Committee, OpSail 2012, NYWaterTaxi and OpSail 2012 sponsor partners scurrying to check-in folks streaming towards the dock.
Anticipation was high, with many evening Preview Tour passengers booked on our Official OpSail spectator boat for the morning’s grand Parade of Sail and Ships.
Finally, we were underway.
OpSail 2012 – Manhattan Skyline. photo: Mai Armstrong
Leaving South Street Seaport, the skies were an eerie mix of colors. Persimmon, Sapphire, Grey. The sun occasionally breaking through the gloom for a brief splash of sunlight streaking through the dense foggy air. The weather forecast having called for thunderstorms and drenching rain, every finger was crossed that our legendary weather guru would again part the clouds and stay the rain for us.
Captain John Doswell can… seems to… well, has parted the rain clouds on many occasions. It’s uncanny, I can’t explain it; but that is a story for another day.
Breakfast brunch was served aboard the MV Zephyr as we motored towards our optimal viewing position in front of the USS Intrepid.
The Tall Ships had started on their journey from the Verrazano Narrows earlier, sailing north on the Hudson to turn at the George Washington Bridge. It must have been gorgeous watching the Tall Ships gracefully pirouette against the suspension bridge backdrop.
Behind us, the Parade of Coalition fleet “grey hulls” were sailing northward to meet the Parade of Sail; their steel-grey hulls camouflaged by the foggy grey/blue/orange sky. In the distance, the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan and the “Freedom Tower” looked like a ghostly mirage in the mist.
Then… Through the foggy mist, they came. Ships! Ships! Ships!
[Do you see the little circle of sunshine over us and the Harvey? It's our weather-guru parting the clouds!]
The fleet of Tall Ships was led by Fireboat John J. Harvey who sprayed her water jets into the air, as Juan Sebastian de Elcano of Spain metwho was leading the fleet of Grey Hulls.
And just as you thought things couldn’t get more exciting, the US Navy’s Blue Angels flew overhead in perfect formation streaking the cloudy sky with their jets.
The North River was filled with vessels of every shape and size; barques, schooners, commercial cruisers, tugboats, pilots and of course dozens and dozens of Tall Ships and Coalition Ships. The skies above crisscrossed with military planes, fighter jets and helicopters; wings in salute over the parade.
The the gigantic aircraft carrier USS WASP brought up the rear, filling the horizon as she approached through the fog. The crisp white uniforms of her crew at attention on deck, punctuating the grey-blue Manhattan skyline.
Many thanks to Captain John Doswell and all the WHC volunteers for organizing this memorable experience. It was truly magnificent.
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee