Lighted Boat Parade to Pass Brooklyn Heights Saturday Evening

This Saturday, November 27, there will be a parade of decorated boats, including, it is reported, a tugboat towing a 70′ tall lighted Christmas tree on a barge, that will leave the Chelsea piers on the west side of Manhattan at about 6:30 p.m., proceed down the Hudson to near the Statue of Liberty, then through the Governors Island Channel into the East River. The parade is scheduled to be passing Brooklyn Bridge Park from 7:15 to 7:30 (presumably this means Pier 1, which will be the ideal location from which to watch the parade, although it will also be visible from the Promenade). The boats will reverse direction just north of the Manhattan Bridge and sail back down the East River, passing South Street Seaport at about 7:30 to 7:45. There’s more about the parade, including a map of the parade route, here.

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  • BG

    Just noticed on their map labels for the “Doherty Bldg” down near Maiden Place or so, and the “Flat Top Bldg” possibly around Court Street. Anyone ever hear of these structures? Any boaters able to offer insight?

  • Claude Scales

    You’ve piqued my curiosity, BG. I believe the “Doherty Building” is the very tall, spire tipped building with the address 70 Pine Street, which for many years was known as the Cities Service Building and later the American International Building. A Mr. Doherty was head of Cities Service Corporation when the tower was built. A search for “flat top building brooklyn” came up with nothing useful, but from the location on the map I suspect it’s the tall office building at the corner of Montague and Court.

  • BG

    @Claude, I am in absolute agreement about 16 Court Street being the “flat top”, and now with your insight on the AIB (née Cities Service Building), I reckon the logic is each building would have been the tallest structure in the immediate area at the time the map was drawn. If I find anything in the AIA Guide, I’ll update accordingly.

  • Boater Poseurs

    Pffft—this NYC boat thing is a copycat to the Syracuse Lights on the Lake: What is NYC coming to when it emulates upstate NY…

  • T.K. Small

    Is anyone going to challenge the howling winds and go down to Brooklyn Bridge Park this evening?

  • Homer Fink

    If you do please take a QUALITY photo! ; )

  • T.K. Small

    It probably doesn’t qualify as “QUALITY”, but I will send you what I have.

  • Jason

    I watched from my window tonight. Did ya miss it??? No ya didn’t. It was not much to see at all.

  • T.K. Small

    Although I didn’t get down to Pier 1, and was only able to watch it from the Promenade, I liked the parade! It was sort of old-fashioned in its understatement. I do not think that everything needs to have the fanfare and glamour of the typical MTV production.

    Also, in full disclosure, a few years back I lost a bet to my father and had to promise to “love boats” for the rest of my life. So you can see, I am somewhat limited in my commentary on this topic. Definitely it was a fantastic event.