Today Anthony and I hit up B&H to grab some rain covers for our cameras and decided to trek to the Hudson River for a wintry photo safari. I was chasing seagulls and Anthony was knee deep in snow, but alas we made it to the water.
On the water we wandered onto Pier 66. While I couldn't shake the feeling we really shouldn't be wandering around the abandoned boat and pier, my photo safari urges got the better of me. We found a collection of old furniture and snowed out bars, kitchens, tables and chairs. Upon our return home I found the history:
Pier 66 Maritime is a former car float (railroad barge) that is now used as a public access pier at the foot of West 26th Street in Hudson River Park on the west side of Manhattan.
Originally built for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad, later known as the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, this historic car float was just like hundreds that were used to carry railroad cars from New Jersey to New York City. Pier 66 Maritime is located at one of the few remaining float bridges that were used to receive these barges. The float bridges rode up and down with the tides so as to always match the height of the surface of the barge.
Built in 1929, this historic lightship (one of the few remaining) is said to have spent three years at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay before being salvaged and brought to Chelsea Piers to become the ultimate “dive” bar. The boat, docked on a railroad car barge, boasts a musty, barnacle-encrusted interior (complete with catwalks and an exposed engine room) straight out of a Nine Inch Nails video. The front quarters often serves as a moody dj lounge while live acts use the stage in the dark belly of the ship.
Our Safari came to an end as our toes became frozen. This photo safari was a great success and amazing example of finding deserted corners of NYC.