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Hidden Harbor Tour® of Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present

Thursday, 7 June
6:15 pm to 8:30 pm
Pier 79 in Manhattan

With special guest speakers Capt. Maggie Flanagan, WHC & Waterfront Alliance, and Bill Miller, renowned maritime historian & author (

Photo © Phyllis Featherstone

Tour 8 miles of Brooklyn’s waterfront industry--past and present--from Newtown Creek to Sunset Park.

From Newtown Creek through Sunset Park, the 8 miles of Brooklyn shore facing the Harbor’s Upper Bay were once filled with manufacturing, shipping, and commerce. Though apartment towers and landscaped parks now capture attention, Brooklyn still retains active trade and maritime business.

Join Working Harbor Committee for a tour of Brooklyn waterfront industry, past and present. Highlights include Brooklyn Navy Yard, the city’s new waterfront recycling facility at Gowanus Bay, and the working rail-to-barge connection at Brooklyn Army Terminal. Thanks to NY Waterway for their generous support of our Hidden Harbor Tours®.

TThe fully narrated boat tour departs at 6:15 pm sharp. Check-in begins at 5:45 pm from NY Waterway pier 79 located at W. 39th St. & 12th Ave in Manhattan.

NY Waterway offers a free shuttle bus service to Pier 79 from various locations in Manhattan. Click here for a link to their schedule. You can also download an app for real-time info on location of buses.

The tour is rain or shine.

Click here for tickets: $35; $30 seniors

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Click here for a printable flyer.

Please Support WHC

Thank you for your support of the Working Harbor Committee and our programs. We hope you will consider making a donation to support us in continuing our mission in 2018.

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The WHC does not rent tugboats nor at this time know of any nonprofit organizations that offer tug rides or charters. If we learn of any organizations in the future that offer such services, we will post them on our website.




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Fair Winds
Captain John W. Doswell


Captain John W. Doswell, our captain, our North Star, our guiding light passed away on Friday 2 January, 2015

"...As executive director of the Working Harbor Committee, John would orchestrate the most amazing extravaganzas. 22 years of Tug Boat Races, international ship visits (including a 16th century replica of a Spanish Galleon), OpSail 2012, where part of the challenge was to find berthing for dozens of vessels from around the world.Only one man could make it all happen. Doswell...."

To read full article
by Mai Armstrong on the WHC Blog

Click Here

Click Here
for an important NY Times article about the future of the NYC seaport district by Paul Greenberg, Roland Lewis & Joan K. Davidson

Click Here
for a great blog write up about
a recent Hidden Harbor Tour
by Claude Scales

Click Here
for a great article about our Hidden Harbor Tour to Newark Bay
by Peggy Taylor


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