The Titanic was destined for Chelsea Piers, and the Lusitania never made it to her overseas destination after departing from here. Even though these two incidents are relatively isolated, Chelsea Piers has always been an important landmark of Manhattan’s West Side even after major cargo and cruise ship traffic has begun to dock elsewhere.
Renovated in 1994 as a major recreation area, the Chelsea Piers comprise the terminal complex extending from Pier 59 to Pier 62 that, together, offers a cornucopia of athletic and outdoor activity in Manhattan. A spa, bowling alley, ice hockey rink and, perhaps most famously, driving range are located amongst the four piers, which are often abuzz with off-duty New Yorkers indulging in some serious R&R. It’s best to check out the piers during off-peak times, however, lest you fall victim to each evening’s yuppie rush hour.