One of the most historic events in the history of the United States is connected to the history of Chelsea Piers. The Titanic was scheduled to arrive at the Chelsea Piers in April 1912, at the conclusion of her maiden voyage. Fate intervened, and the “unsinkable” ship struck an iceberg and sank on April 14, 1912. Of the 2,200 passengers aboard, 675 were rescued by the Cunard liner Carpathia, which arrived at the Chelsea Piers on April 20th.
The Chelsea Piers opened in 1910, replacing rundown waterfront structures with a magnificent row of grand buildings embellished with pink granite facades, and became the city’s premier passenger ship terminal. During World Wars I and II the became the embarkation point for the soldiers and finally in the late 1950’s they were used as a cargo terminal. Shortly there after, the Chelsea Piers became neglected rundown waterfront structures.
In 1992, a proposal to redevelop the four surviving Chelsea Piers marks a major step in the rebirth of the Manhattan waterfront property. Construction began in 1994 and beginning in August 1995, Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex opened in stages. Situated on Piers 59 through 62, and in the connecting head-house. The complex features: the Golf Club, the Sports Center health club, Sky Rink, the Field House, MarineMax Maritime Center, Bowlmor, the Pier Sixty and Lighthouse event centers and more.
This $100 million, privately-financed project has transformed the historic, but long-neglected, Chelsea Piers into a major center for public recreation and waterfront access.
Sometimes on clear, bright evenings, you can still hear the laughter of bygone days floating gently on the breeze as it passes through the reborn Chelsea Piers.
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