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Sixth boro fifth dimension posts are about vintage NYC harbor shipping culture photos.  This very welcome photo I received from frequent commenter/researcher William Lafferty.  This should be an easy question for many of you:  where was this photo taken? Here’s what William says about the photo above:  “You don’t see classic New York harbor steam […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension HT2

Here was part 1.  Thanks much for the comments.  My conclusion is that most but not all were taken at the 1986 centennial celebration of our lady of the harbor.    I am still seeking a photo of the canal tug Grand Erie, ex-USACE Chartiers, launched in 1951, at the event. Barque Simón Bolívar,  it would […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension HT1

Click here for this series.  “Fifth dimension” designates these as not contemporary, i.e., archival. “HT” here is Harry Thompson, who sent me these photos, all from 1986.  I’m not going to say much about the photos because I don’t know much.   I was not in New York then.  I will say what I know, […]

More Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension d

Here were parts a,  b and c.   These photos taken over three decades ago capture a simpler sixth boro. Here the magical dory is tied to Philip T. Feeney, which now languishes in a tug purgatory.   The shore of lower Manhattan also looked quite different then.  That low-slung but stately building on the other side […]

More Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension c

Up, up, and in.  All new builds follow the same arc, even though the details differ.  Check out the splash of Onrust here over a half decade back.  Here’s how the water came up to meet Pegasus back five years ago. To finish the dory, there’s a trip through the Kills and across Raritan Bay […]

More Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension b

The last photo of yesterday’s post here showed a dory in the beginning stages of construction.  Its placement there conforms to Chekhov’s gun principle.  So here’s what follows.  Maybe I should call this post  . . .” in the shadow of an old building and protected by the body of a Chinese laundry truck,  Ibis […]

More Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension a

Here is the index of posts from two years ago showing an older Jersey City and environs. All of the following photos/collages come compliments of Pam Hepburn, master of the 1907 tug Pegasus aka  “Peg” and the godmother of the Pegasus Preservation Project.  Many posts devoted to Peg can be found here. In the collage below […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension 10

Foto #1.  Seth Tane took this from the WTC in the early 1980s.  From L to R, that’s the Statue, Ellis Island, and Communipaw Terminal of CRRNJ . . . with a lot of vacant space behind.  NOT shown but just to the right would be the Morris Canal and the Colgate Clock. Foto #2. […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension 9

Let’s look at the boundaries of the sixth boro, using as reference two of the Holland Tunnel vent structures;  as you see in that link, we’ll call  New Jersey “land ventilation station” (to the left) and “river ventilation station” to the right.  I took this foto yesterday from the 18th floor of a building in […]

Sixth Boro Fifth Dimension 8

I hope you’re enjoying this time warp as much as I am. Foto #1.  Princess Bay northbound through the Old Bay Draw. Foto #2.  When I first met this vessel, she was known as Kristin Poling.  Click here and here for fotos including some of her last month before scrapping. Fotos #3 and 4.  Reliable II […]