Posts Tagged 'Zephyr'

OHNY Sunset Boat Tour

Aerial photo © 2011 Jonathan Atkin

Monday, September 19, 2011
5:15 – 7:30pm

A Waterside View of the  Queen Elizabeth

Then Escort the Luxury Liner AIDAluna out of the Harbor and more

The Zephyr will depart from Pier 16 in the South Street Seaport at 5:15pm and will first take us to see a waterside view of the Queen Elizabeth. Bill Miller, renowned ocean liner expert, will talk about life on board the transatlantic ship and discuss the piers, docks, cargo and history of the ocean liners of the past.Then we will accompany the AIDAluna as she leaves the port and heads out to sea. Maritime photographer and licensed captain Jonathan Atkin will join us as we hear a special harbor salute horn blast for OHNY. Representatives from Sandy Hook Pilots will explain what takes place on the AIDAluna bridge as she maneuvers through the harbor into open waters.

The tour will then head to the Battery, past Governor’s Island and into the Erie Basin. We will learn from historian Betsy Haggerty, former editor of Offshore Magazine, about the history of the Basin and the Erie Canal while enjoying beautiful views of the New York City harbor bridges at sunset.

Confirmation emails with meeting location details and directions will be sent shortly after purchase of your ticket. If you have any further questions, please email:

Tickets to this event are non-refundable. Should you not be able to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to openhousenewyork and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Purchase tickets here.


Hidden Harbor Boat Tour

tugboat in the NY Harbor

Hidden Harbor Tour® with the Working Harbor Committee
Tuesday, August 16, 6:15pm

Join OHNY and the Working Harbor Committee on a boat tour to explore the Brooklyn waterfront and New York Harbor – places that are normally hidden from the eyes of most residents and visitors.

The Zephyr will depart Pier 16 at 6:15pm and explore the Brooklyn waterfront down to Sunset Park, over to Kill Van Kull and Howland Hook, back to Military Ocean and Global Marine Terminals and finally, past the Statue of Liberty on this two hour tour.

The world of working maritime vessels and facilities is both fascinating as well as vitally important to our economy. Narrated by Captain John Doswell, the tour will focus on the built environment of the New York harbor and waterways and the maritime industry, both past and present. Purchase tickets here!

The Hidden Harbor Tours® help fulfill the Working Harbor Committee’s mission to strengthen awareness of the working harbor’s history and vitality today, and its opportunities for the future.

(Image courtesy of Bernard Ente.)

Field Trip Friday: Hidden Harbor Tour

OHNY’s program coordinator, Hae-In, recently took a boat tour run by the Working Harbor Committee. Departing from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport aboard the Zephyr, the tour takes you from the Brooklyn waterfront to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. On the way the boat passes by Staten Island and the tugboat companies, oil docks, and marine repair facilities in Kill Van Kull, as well as Governor’s Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Red Hook Channel, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

Although Manhattan’s waterfront used to be a major shipping port, container ships now dock in New Jersey, Staten Island and Brooklyn, due to the size and capacity of modern container ships, which now carry much larger loads and need more space to unload.

New York harbor with Statue of Liberty, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

Kill Van Kull is the narrow waterway between Staten Island and Bayonne and is also the industrial center of today’s working harbor. All the container ships headed for Newark Bay pass through this area and it is home to several tugboat companies and repair facilities, including Moran and Reinauer.

Moran tugboats

Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, located on the Newark Bay, serves as the principal container ship facility for goods entering and leaving the metropolitan and Northeast area. The two components, Port Newark and the Elizabeth Marine Terminal (or “Port Elizabeth”), work side by side and are capable of handling the new, wider ships. With dozens of cranes and tractor trailers, they run a very efficient and clean cargo transportation system.

Port Elizabeth, image courtesy of Bernard Ente

During this year’s 8th Annual OHNY Weekend, Bernard Ente will be leading a walking tour along the historic Kill Van Kull waterfront on the north shore of Staten Island to explore one of the busiest shipping channels in New York Harbor. Look for it in October!

I'm on a boat!