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Pier 97: Iconic Then and Now

April 6

Our Park’s northernmost pier began its life as a docking pier for ocean liners. Constructed between 1921 and 1934, Pier 97 served for decades as the hub of the Swedish America Line – you might recognize the façade of the old Pier 97 terminal building from the opening sequence of Taxi Driver.

Credit Lars Johansson via A Tribute to the Swedish America Line

Hundreds of thousands of Scandinavians entered the United States through this pier, and famously, in 1956, Pier 97 was the docking site for the MS Stockholm, returning with survivors from the capsized SS Andrea Doria following one of the most infamous collisions – and robust rescue missions – in maritime history.

credit: Getty Images

While it remained an active dock through the 1970s, Pier 97 was used as a parking lot by the Department of Sanitation until 2011. Hudson River Park restored the infrastructure on this historic pier, reconstructing it for a bright future. For the last few years, Pier 97 has hosted premier concerts from Live Nation and JBL Live like Lorde, Robyn and Billy Idol. This year, the pier will once again provide a scenic, festive venue for our signature Blues BBQ festival, as well as a new home for Heritage of Pride’s Pride Island.

We’re also looking toward Pier 97’s future. In fact, this Thursday—April 12 at 6:30 PM—the Community Board 4 Waterfront, Parks & Environment Committee is meeting to discuss the future programming of Pier 97 at the Hotel Trades Council, 305 West 44th Street, 2nd Floor. Park lovers like you are invited to join and make your voice heard as we open a new chapter for this scenic pier! If you have any questions about this event, please contact Tony Simone at tsimone@hudsonriverpark.org. As dedicated fans of the Park, we encourage you to share your thoughts with us and be part of the pier’s exciting evolution.