• February 2019 edition of the PORTHOLE posted - 04/10/19
  • New MARITIME NEW YORK compendium of lectures, exhibits, tours and transportation around the Port of New York updated- 9/25/2018


Destinations: Museums, Lectures, Walking Tours and Harbor Outings

Compiled by Ted Scull

SEAPORT WALKING TOURS - Explore the history of the South Street Seaport Historic District. They take place the last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the month at 6 p.m. $20 ($10 for Museum Members).

Wednesday: Run Runners and Revolutionaries - The East River piers were a haven for mobsters, smugglers, and tourists heading to the casinos of Havana, Cuba. From rum runners to luxury liners, discover the East River waterfront during Prohibition, the Great Depression, and the Cuban Revolution.
Thursday: The Curious Life of the Brooklyn Bridge – Hear about nearly 150 years’ worth of secrets such as the grueling construction, lives of its builders, and long forgotten vaults hidden deep within.

Friday: Sex, Liquor, and Murder – Join a dark tour of 19th-century New York’s most notorious district of vice and depravity, the Fourth Ward. During this adults-only (18 and older) evening tour, hear the stories of sordid murders, dangerous criminals, and infamous houses of ill repute in the Wickedest Ward

GOVERNORS ISLAND – Open until October 31 -  Click on Things to Do.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Late Fridays are from May 26-Sept 14; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Late Saturdays are from July 7-Sept 1; Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Ferries: Battery Maritime Building (adjacent to S.I. Ferry Terminal) Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Also, Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park (Foot of Atlantic Avenue) Saturday & Sunday only from 11:00 a.m.


Last public trips of the Season (Free): Aug. 25, 26 and Sep. 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, Oct. 7. See Calendar and notice about departure location – either Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park or Pier 25 Hudson River Park. N.B. Website takes a bit of navigating.


The city-financed ferry system currently operates four routes: Astoria, East River, Rockaway, and South Brooklyn and is adding two more: 1) East River stops to Soundview in the Bronx starting August 15, 2008 and 2) Lower East Side Ferry beginning August 28, 2018. Fare matches the $2.75 transit fare. The rides make great outings.

THE WORKING HARBOR COMMITTEE - or 212-757-1600. Cruises to both remote and well-travelled parts of New York Harbor - the Hudson River to view tugboat races, Gowanus Bay and Erie Basin in Brooklyn, and a circumnavigation of Staten Island.

Working Harbor Committee is pleased to announce the 26th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition Sunday, Sep. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Board from Pier 83, West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park. Boarding begins at 10:15 a.m. Spectators will be onboard from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

A Selection Of Other Boat Operators And Museums

Daily year-round one-hour cruises from Pier 15, South Street Seaport.
Daily Hop-On Hop-Off cruises from Pier 78 and the World Financial Center Downtown. Click on the link for the departure times and fares.

NEW YORK WATER TAXI or 866-989-2542. Hop-On-Hop Off All Day Access Pass from 42nd Street (Hudson River) to Battery Park, South Street Seaport and Brooklyn DUMBO.

CIRCLE LINE 212-563-3200. Cruises around Manhattan, Harbor Lights, Music from Pier 83 West 43rd Street, Hudson River and Pier 16, East River.

NY WATERWAY or 800-533-3779. Ferry services from West 39th Street, Battery Park City, and Pier 11, Wall Street to numerous landings on the New Jersey side and to Belford, North Jersey Coast. Also special-event cruises.

THE NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM or 718-390-0040. Located near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at St. George. Self-guided, cruises to area lighthouses and events on site. 

THE NOBLE MARITIME COLLECTION or 718-447-6490. Ship Model Gallery, lectures and art exhibits at the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, NY.  Bus S40 from Staten Island Ferry Terminal