The recent shipwreck found at the World Trade Center site is not visible on NYCityMap but there are other interesting waterfront features that remain. Most hark back to the City’s waterfront heyday when shipyards, industry and terminals were preeminent and commerce was the focus. Presently the waterfront area is seen as vital for parks, recreation, public access and nature preservation.
As eloquently described in a NY Times article, ‘If each shipwreck is a biography, then the half-mile-long marine scrap yard owned by the Witte family on the west side of Staten Island is a library.” The shipwrecks can still be seen in the current aerials.
Another impromptu decaying maritime museum can be found within Coney Island Creek. The gem here is the ill fated ‘Yellow Submarine’ built by Jerry Bianco to raise the sunken Andria Dora. The sub sunk on its maiden voyage and nature has taken over.
A new waterfront era is in the works. The City is actively engaged in planning for a revitalized waterfront. The NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan prepared by the Department of City Planning can be accessed here. Nonetheless, examples of a revitalized water front abound.