Volume 18 • Issue 25 | November 4 - 10, 2005

Renderings of what Piers 25 and 26 may look like in three years. Final design drawings are expected to be done by the end of the year.

Yankee may go down the river

Richard Mackenzie-Childs said when his Yankee Ferry has to leave Pier 25 Nov. 12 he hopes to have a new home secured at Pier A in Battery Park.

The Yankee, a 1907-vessel that once shuttled new immigrants from Ellis Island to Lower Manhattan, has to find a new spot to make way for construction of the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park.

Mackenzie-Childs said he was surprised the Hudson River Park Trust didn’t make more of an effort to find room for his ship at Pier 40 near Houston St., but he thinks he may be able to stay Downtown at Pier A. He said William Wachtell, who is renovating the landmark pier in Battery Park, has expressed interest in hosting the Yankee. Wachtell, who owns New York Waterway’s Lower Manhattan ferry routes, has other dock space and has given Mackenzie-Childs confidence that the Yankee will find a home somewhere if Pier A is not feasible.

Mackenzie-Childs said he won’t be able to tug the Yankee to Staten Island for needed repairs Nov. 12 unless he can guarantee the dry dock site that he has a place to take the boat once it’s fixed.

He does want to bring the Yankee back to its home for the last 15 years, Pier 25, once it reopens. He said the park will need the ship back. “There’s a great chance it’ll end up being a very sterile park,” he said.

Chris Martin, spokesperson for the Trust, said the Yankee can’t go to Pier 40 because the only area where it would fit is deteriorating.


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