This section is taken from a Circle Line cruise guide printed in 1977. There are many interesting pictures with some insightful text. New Yorkers may be interested in spotting the differences between the old photos and the modern scenery. Aside from the obvious difference due to terrorism, there are things like the 1970’s cars, texts talking of things to come that have already been built now, area population estimates and so on.
Of course there are things that have remained the same, or gotten better, such as the Circle line cruises themselves, which are still an iconic New York City service for both tourists and New Yorkers. You can see the current Circle Line services here: http://www.circleline.com/
Anyways, this is how the guide begins, the front cover:
Visit the Statue of Liberty and American Museum of Immigration.
… the world’s most famous statue and a symbol of liberty in the United States. This 151-foot-high statue on its 152-foot-high pedestal has welcomed millions of immigrants coming from lands across the sea. It was dedicated in 1886 and was a gift of the people of France to the people of America. It stands on Liberty Island, and its base holds the American Museum of Immigration.
A fleet of specially-designed Circle Line ferries serves the Statue of Liberty. These modern ferries operate every day of the year from Battery Park, South Ferry, every hour on the hour between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
EASY TO REACH
IRT Broadway 7th Avenue LOCAL Subway to Battery Park, South Ferry IRT Lexington Avenue EXPRESS Subway to Bowling Green BMT LOCAL Subway to Whitehall Street Broadway Bus ^6 to last stop: Battery Park, South Ferry Taxi: West Side Highway or East River Drive to Battery Park, South Ferry
Sail the Hudson River on the new, luxurious excursion vessel “DAYLINER”
“DAYLINER” Largest and finest river boat built in America in this generation Capacity 3500 passengers Overall length 308 feet by 65 foot beam
Cruise up the beautiful Hudson River aboard our new vessel the Dayliner for 9 cool hours. Just sit back, relax, and feast your eyes.
A grand climax to a scenic Hudson River sail is the famous Bear Mountain State Park, for fun, picnicing, etc…. Our first stop.
Or stop over at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A visit to this home of the nation’s oldest service academy will be both pleasant and informative. Or stay aboard and cruise through to turn around at… Poughkeepsie for a most enjoyable 150-mile full day excursion on the Hudson River.
The superb new Dayliner leaves from Pier 81, foot of West 41st Street at the Hudson River.
EASY TO REACH
49th Street Westbound Crosstown Bus -27 to West 42nd Street 42nd Street Westbound Crosstown Bus #106 marked W, 42nd Street 34th Street Westbound Crosstown Bus #16 to West 42nd Street
Phone 279-5151 for information. [note, this is an old 1977 number – see Circle Line website for up to date details]
There are snack bars and a cafeteria aboard for your convenience. Don’t forget your camera!
Ellis Island, once the gateway to our country, through which passed 16 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954. It was abandoned in 1954 and in May 1965 was proclaimed as a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument by President Lyndon Johnson in order to preserve it as an important symbol of America’s history.
Governors Island is commanded by the U.S. Coast Guard. With a daily population of 6,000, the island’s 208 acres house a training center, harbor patrol facilities; serves as a support base for Coast Guard cutters; and is the headquarters for more than 70 Coast Guard commands throughout seven mid-Atlantic states as well as for the operational coordinator of at-sea rescues off the entire Atlantic seaboard.
Extending for one mile on landfill in the Hudson River on either side of the World Trade Center is Battery Park City, a $1 billion plus new-town-in-town being built by a public authority created by the State of New York. When completed in 1986, Battery Park City will be occupied by upwards of 16,000 families and 35,000 daily service workers. !t will be the largest real estate development in the nation’s history. Work is now going forward on bulkheading and filling the northernmost 45 acres and the six acre area in front of the World Trade Center while construction of the first 1,642 housing units proceeds in the earlier fill areas south of the World Trade Center. The entire 100-acre project is being built on filled areas previously composed of obsolete piers.
New York City’s downtown skyline will be completely different when Battery Park City is completed. It is already dramatically changed from only a few years ago with many fine new buildings. One striking new tower is that of the Seamen’s Church Institute facing Battery Park. It is home to men and women who serve on merchant vessels. Established well over a century ago, its facilities include library, gym, up-grading schools and chapel.
The South Street Seaport Museum, founded in 1967 to preserve and restore what remains of New York’s nineteenth-century seaport, is seen from helicopter. The Museum has historic vessels which can be boarded by the public and stages exhibitions aboard the vessels and in its landside galleries. The museum offers educational programs throughout the year, a winter series of nautical films and a summer series of concerts on the pier.
The Seaport’s facilities are located on Pier 15 and 16 in the East River and along Fulton and Water Streets and can be reached by walking down Fulton Street from the Fulton Street stop on the Lexington Avenue and Seventh Avenue subways or the Broadway-Nassau stop on the A train. The Museum is a private, not-for-profit educational institution supported by contributions from its members, corporations and foundations.
The famous Brooklyn Bridge, built nearly a century ago, was designed by John Augustus Roebling. It was the first bridge to connect Manhattan with Long Island, and its designer was a many-sided genius, learned in philosophy, in mathematics, a musician, a linguist and the owner of a magnificent library. The bridge was twice as long as any in existence in the world at the time. When it was opened on May 24, 1883, a panic developed among the thousands who had come to see the ceremonies and 12 people were either crushed to death or killed falling off the bridge.
The Manhattan Bridge, opened in 1909, famous for its four great round balls atop each of the four massive steel uprights that tower high on either the Manhattan and the Brooklyn sides of the span. Its curiously ornate decorative features make it a reflection of the famed Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The third bridge your Circle Line yacht will pass under going up the swift East River is that known as the Williamsburg. Its span is 1,600 feet long, and it was built in 1903. It is five feet longer than the Brooklyn Bridge and 130 feet longer than the Manhattan Bridge. All three of these great East River bridges have served their community well and are strikingly beautiful pieces of architecture.