Pier 17

I love coming to the pier 17 just to see these old vessels. I think love for the old ships is in my blood, both my father and grandfather were sailors in the former USSR fleet, the latter had even made it to the Captain and commanded a cargo ship during WWII.
It was so sunshiny and warm and at the river a soft breeze blew so it was very pleasant. I wore something simple and comfortable as we walked a lot. I love how the color of the top picks up the black stripes in the shorts and so do the sandals. The simple trick to wearing cropped tops is to pair it with high-wasted bottoms.
Do you like wearing cropped tops?

Top: Boohoo
Shorts: Asos
Sandals: Zara
Bag: Oryany
Bracelet: No name
Sunglasses: Ray Ban


Behind me is 'Ambrose'. This name was given to the multiple ships that served as a sentinel beacon marking Ambrose Chanel, New York Harbor's main shipping channel. The light station was established in 1823 south of the channel in Sandy Hook, NJ. From 1823 to 1967 a several ships served the aforementioned station. This particular 'Ambrose' is from 1908.

This is 'Peking' a steel-hulled four-masted barque. A so called 'Flying P-liner of the German company F. Laeisz. She was launched in 1911 in Hamburg, Germany by the Blohm and Voss shipyard. 'Peking' represents a final generation of sailing ships built for the World trade. She was used to carry fuel and manufactured good to West Coast of South Africa and Cape Horn and return to European ports with nitrate mined in Chile. The nitrate was used to fertilize the worn out fields and manufacture chemicals including munitions. She was made famous by sailing pioneer Irving Johnson as his filmed footage showed the extreme conditions the vessel experienced in 1929 while passing Cape Horn. Retired in 1933 she served as a nautical school for boys  on river Medway in Upnor (Officially opened by HRH Prince George btw)  and in 1974  was acquired by the South Street Seaport museum.

This is 'Pioneer'. She was built as a sloop in 1885 in Marcus Hook, PA to carry sand mined near the mouth of Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, PA. But ten years later she was re-rigged as a schooner. In 1930 she's been fitted with an engine. In 1966 she was rebuilt and now carries people around instead of cargo in her role as a piece of 'living history'.

 'Pioneer' docking next to 'Peking'

 Love my hair in this light

 Brooklyn Bridge

 There were lots of people on it. I'd love to do it as well!

View onto Red Hook, Brooklyn (There is the only Ikea in NYC) and on the right you can see a part of the Governor's island

The Freedom Tower is in the walking distance from Pier 17, South Street Seaport. The monument next to it looks beautiful, I do not know if there is an official name for it but I call it 'Wings' :)



  1. Dear: Alina B,

    "I Really Miss The Original, Cozy, Classic, Old fashion,& Beautiful Red Pier 17"

    I used to go there since I was 7 years old with my family, and we watched the sunrise, and sunset. My family and I, would have dinner on the top floor, that over looked the east river, you could see the famous Brooklyn bridge, Manhattan bridge, and Williams burg bridge along with the beautiful magical views of the city lights at night. My family and I went to eat there on occasions. I used to have fun at the video game store, and I even took my husky Saber there mostly at winter when he was a puppy. The classic pier 17 was a mall, with many restaurants, even a dance room, and was open to the public, tourist 24-7.

    Then a nightmare happened, except it was real: hurricane super storm Sandy

    I feel sad for the people who got evicted, they worked at the beautiful red pier 17 for 30 years. I'm very sad to see this happen. The original classic red pier 17 was iconic, and had a cozy romantic beautiful look. The original pier 17 looked so nice with the cobblestones in the area, also the old cafes, the bars in the area, and looked perfect for the historic Peking sail boat, along with all the rest of historic boats that are there..It felt like I walked into an old golden age movie. I really thought they would renovate the classic red pier 17, and keep the old fashion style for such a historic part of New York City..But No!..The billionaire Howard Hughes corporate greedy crooks. I'm working on a video tribute to the original cozy, classic, old fashion, & beautiful red pier 17. The original was, and will be the best, pier 17 always. Now the spirit remains, my story ends here.

    From: Retro-Richie & my Husky SaberBluEyes

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your story! :)
      It's a shame indeed, all the historic and vintage things always need to be preserved and restored I believe! Or at least rebuilt in the likeness!


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