November 02, 2009

USS New York Comes to Town

The USS New York is an amphibious transport dock ship.

It was built near New Orleans. It will be commissioned as a US Navy warship on November 7, after which it will be based in Norfolk, Virginia.

What makes this vessel very special is that it's bow was made with 7 1/2 tons of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center. Ruined ploughshares turned into a righteous naval vessel.

This morning, the USS New York sailed under the Verrazzano Bridge into New York Harbor. I didn't see it enter the harbor, but I hope to see it later on this week.

The public can visit this important ship when she is docked at Pier 88 at 12th Avenue and West 48 Street., next to the Intrepid. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, November 4 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 5 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 8 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Monday, November 9 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 11 - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please note dates and times subject to change.

Members of the general public wishing to tour the ship should:
- Arrive early as lines my be long, especially on the Sunday, Nov. 8.
- Enter at West 46th Street and 12th Avenue (by the Intrepid).
- Bring a photo ID (adults).
- Wear comfortable shoes.

Ships have websites these days. Visit the USS New York web site here.

1 comment:

AY said...

$100 million spent by Billionaire Bloomberg and all he got was 5% more of the votes...pathetic!!

There are good candidates out there. Unfortunately, they're too smart to run for office -- and try to fight the entrenched politics and corruption.

Just look at Obama. All that hope and change went down the tubes once he faced the reality of Washington and the CYA politics that run it.