Hudson River Park (Pier 66)
W. 26th Street
Per Operator: www.pier66nyc.org
Site Fee: No
ADA Accessible: Yes
Rest Area: Yes
Parking: 3 blocks down at Chelsea Piers
Portage: 3 blocks on the route 9a bike path
The Pier 66 Boathouse is located on the west side of Route 9a in Manhattan at the corner of west 26th Street.
By Mass Transit
Take the M23 cross-town bus which runs across 23rd Street and stops right in front of Chelsea Piers.
The M23 connects with all major subway lines which stop on 23rd Street: The C/E lines on 8th Avenue, the 1/9 lines on 7th, the F and Path Trains on 6th, the N/R on Broadway and the 6 line on Lexington.
Points of Interest: In addition to Hudson River Park itself, where the Pier is located, nearby points of interest are many. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (when it returns in 2009) at 45th street, the George Washington Bridge at 178th Street, the Manhattan skyline itself which of course stretches all along the Hudson, Riverside Park which starts around 59th Street, natural beaches on the NY side just south of the GWB and on the NJ side in Hoboken, Edgewater (adjacent to the Mitsuwa Asian food court and supermarket which is a great lunch stop) and several above the GWB including that at Palisades State Park which has public bbq’s and rest facilities.
Hudson River Park is a designated Estuarine Sanctuary that allows human-powered boating in nearly all of its territory from Chambers Street in Tribeca to West 59th Street.
No Access Areas
Boaters must be sure to comply with temporary restrictions dictated by the ongoing construction in the Park, and are not to paddle under park piers or structures for any reason.
Cruise ship terminals at 46th through 52nd Street, north of the launch site, have a Coast Guard restricted zone of 100 yards around them. There is a ferry terminal between west 39th Street and 40th Street (4 blocks north of the pier) that has very frequent service. Paddlers must use caution when paddling near or crossing in front of the terminal. The use of a marine radio is strongly advised.
Hazardous Launch/Landing Conditions
Reflecting wakes caused by motorized boats are the only hazard and this is usually negligible.
The Hudson River is a tidal estuary and the tide comes in and out twice each day, varying by about an hour each day. Consult local tide charts for high and low water times daily. Currents, which run in and out twice daily with the tides, can reach up to nearly three knots in each direction at maximum ebb and flood times.
Emergency Landing Points
*Note that much of the river’s edge on the NY side of the Hudson in the vicinity of the launch site is a sea wall and that egress from the water is extremely difficult there.
1. 79th Street boat basin, 2.5miles north
2. 56th Street, 1.5 miles north
3. 44th Street, 1 mile north
4. Surfside 3 marina at Chelsea piers (20th Street) private marina but should allow emergency landings
5. Small beach just south of George Washington Bridge, more easily accessible at low water
6. The Hudson River is approximately one mile wide at 26th Street and there are many private marinas on the NJ side which should allow landing in emergency situations.
St. Luke’s Roosevelt: 1111 Amsterdam Avenue, (212) 523-4000
St. Vincent’s Hospital: 170 West 12th Street, (212) 604-7000