Gallery: Repurposed Barge & 100-Year-Old Tugboat Let New Yorkers Experi...

While most New Yorkers see the rivers and harbor as barriers between boroughs, our waterways played a pivotal part in New York City's history. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, New York's harbor was the busiest port in the world, filled with barges, tugs, and cargo ships. Today it seems like our connection to the water is about pretty parks and passenger ferries, but true relics still remain. The Waterfront Museum, housed on a perfectly preserved wooden railroad barge built in 1914, is a floating gallery dedicated to the harbor's history; and the Tug Pegasus, the Waterfront Museum's faithful partner, is a 105-year-old operational tugboat. Through tours and special events, the barge and tug give visitors a glimpse of New York City's maritime past.

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