It had been about six months since I had used the ferry. Previously, NY Waterway used fairly modest port facilites for emabarkation from New York and New Jersey. On the Jersey side, an old auto ferry from the 1960s was used which was parked along a pier in Weehawken, and it was used for over 10 years as the New York Waterway passenger terminal until finally it was decided that it and the terminal on the Manhattan side, a small house-like structure behind Javits Center on 39th Street on Pier 79, was no longer sufficient for handling the volume of traffic and the new routes that had been added over the years, such Yankee Stadium, Wall Street and the World Financial Center.
The new facilities on both sides are modern, high tech, and look like something out of a near-future Sci-Fi movie or sophisticated Euro industrial design. They also are much bigger and can accomodate a much greater flow of passengers, and have better rest and observation areas for taking a load off, which the other facilities didn’t really have. They also have superior MARSEC status now, given the change in times.
Inside the new terminal at Weehawken.
Big LCD monitors update you on the arrival and departure of the ferries.
A view of the Manhattan skyline from Weehawken.
The inside of the Manhattan Port Imperial Terminal, at around midnight. The building has an unusual construction in that it had to be wrapped around an existing massive ventilation tower for the Lincoln Tunnel which crosses the Hudson river directly below the building.