Historic Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Float Transfer Bridge: This structure, eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places, has been carefully restored by the New York State Department of Transportation and the Hudson River Park Trust.

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Until the early 1970s, railroad cars used to float into Manhattan by barge, then link up with railroad tracks at the waterfront, and finally to warehouses located nearby. The B&O Railroad Terminal Warehouse Building is located just inland on West 26th Street.  Historically, float bridges rode up and down with the tides so that they could match the height of the surface of the barge, enabling the movement of the railroad cars to and from land.

Historic Vessels

Just west of the Float Bridge is a barge and historic ship complex known as “Pier 66 Maritime”. Visit to relax and explore, or if you prefer, for a drink or meal.

Lackawana Barge: Originally built for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad, later known as the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, this historic car float was just like hundreds used to carry railroad cars from New Jersey to New York City prior to the expansion of trucking via the bridges and tunnels we have today. Pier 66 Maritime is located at one of the few remaining float bridges that were used to receive these barges.

Frying Pan: The Frying Pan is a historic lightship. Before modern navigation, lightships guided other ships into port. Today, visitors may board and even dine aboard this vessel.

John J. Harvey: This privately-owned retired fireboat played an important role after September 11th. Its owners take it into the harbor frequently. Watch for her magnificent harbor displays during warm weather celebrations.