The countdown begins! Just 3 more days until the 21st Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competitions! Sunday, 1st of September – from 9:30 A.M. to 2 P.M. Pier 84, W. 44th St. at the Hudson River.

Watch tugs at full-throttle racing neck-and-neck in this video of past races posted by dmason80

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The New Yorker: Labor Day weekend is traditionally a time of rest, but for the hardworking boats of the harbor, it is also a time to show off. The twenty-first annual Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition features a tugboat parade, nose-to-nose pushing contests, and prizes for the best-looking vessel. There will also be line-tossing and spinach-eating competitions. Pier 84, W. 44th St. at the Hudson River. Sept. 1, from 9:30 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Nose-to-nose pushing competition. Photo: ©Mitch Waxman via TimeoutNY

The public can watch from the shore, but the best view will be from a spectator boat leaving Pier 83, W. 43rd St. at 9:30 A.M. (boarding at 9 A.M.) workingharbor.org/tugboatraces

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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