By Dakota Calderon • January 9, 2018

A Stroll Down Memory Pier

How many of you were aware that the home of the Pier 62 Carousel used to be a symbol of “urban decay and government dysfunction”? Before there was a beautiful pier full of activities along the Hudson River, it was a city dump full of waste and the pier was rotting! The pier used to be a place for ships to dock but when the ships got too large they couldn’t do anything and the pier began to rot.

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Who would’ve thought that something so beautiful could develop from a bunch of rusty, old, rotten boat docks? The pier has served many needs of the city such as becoming New York’s primary port and premier passenger ship terminal, then as an embarkation point for soldiers departing for the battlefields of World Wars I and II, and finally, during the late 1950s and early 1960s, as a cargo terminal. Before the pier was given the name “Chelsea” and had several sports and entertainment facilities built on it, it was planned to be “the westway”: four miles of the West Side turned into 100 acres of urban park land with residential housing, small shops, corporate office buildings, and a six-lane highway underneath! (ChelseaPiers.com; TheDailyBeast.com)

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The pier went through a long journey before it was a beautiful view of the Hudson River and the home of our Pier 62 Carousel. Could you even imagine visiting the pier and not being able to ride the carousel at Pier 62? It would be weird to visit the pier and not be able to ride and see the water and cruise ships as they come in and go out. The carousel has become must-have experience when you visiting the pier because of its significant location. The view is something you don’t want to miss and you get to take some of the best #CAROUSELFIES at Pier 62.

We’ll be opening for the season on March 24, 2018 and as you plan your events and trips for the spring and summer season, make sure the Pier 62 Carousel is one of your stops. Take a day to come and reflect on how much development has occurred at the pier and appreciate the beauty of it, compared to past centuries. The Pier 62 Carousel is definitely a precious gem of the city!

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