When Pier 40 at West Houston St in lower Manhattan opened in March 1963, it was innovative - inner-core parking, advanced handling methods for passengers & cargo and, most of all, the capacity to handle three, even four ships at one time with three-sided berthing. Holland America, moving over after nearly a century across the Hudson in Hoboken, was the principal tenant.
Unfortunately, Pier 40 had less than a dozen years of commercial use -- the Port was changing, there were fewer & fewer ships and the likes of Holland America went north, to Piers 88, 90 & 92, to
the new Consolidated Passenger Ship Terminal.
These days, Pier 40 is up for renewal as a combination sports center, art museum & parking garage. In the attached views: I snapped 800-ft long Pier 40 on a spring afternoon in 2010; the older, earlier view shows Holland America ships at dock some forty years ago, in 1963 (a busy day indeed -- the Rotterdam, Statendam (on the outer side), Westerdam & the freighter Kinderdyk).
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