Saturday, May 06, 2017

New York - Ever Re-inventing

A hundred years ago, the west side and the south end of Manhattan bristled with more than 100 piers making it one of the world's largest seaports. Today, almost all of these all have been demolished or re-purposed producing a mix of much sought after waterfront property, private marinas, helicopter parks, storage for towed vehicles, a few cruise ship ports and even a museum. The Good Ship Lollipop docked at pier 88 adjacent to the intersection of 42nd Street and 12th Avenue.
Seventy three years ago the USS Intrepid, an Essex Class carrier, was commissioned and, after operating in World War II, was refitted for the Vietnam war and other service including picking up manned space shots from the ocean. After being decommissioned in the early '80s the vessel was parked at pier 87 and became the foundation for the "Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum". For some views of this spectacle, click here.

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