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Chelsea Piers is a series of
historic piers on the West Side of Manhattan in New York
City that was a passenger ship terminal in the early
1900s that was used by the RMS Lusitania and was the destination of the Titanic.
The archway is the only remaining
identifiable piece of the Cunard Pier 54
The piers are currently used by the Chelsea Piers Sports
& Entertainment Complex.
The new complex includes film
and television production facilities, including those for CBS College Sports Network
, a health club
, a day spa
the city's largest training center for gymnastics
, two basketball
courts, playing fields for indoor
, a rock climbing
wall and dance
studios. In addition there is an AMF Bowling
center, a golf
club with multi-story driving range, and two full sized ice rinks
for skating.It is located in the
Chelsea neighborhood, on the northern edge of Greenwich
Village and the Meatpacking District.
Pier 59, is home to the award winning craft-brewery Chelsea
Chelsea Brewing Company
is the only micro-brewery
The complex also includes a marina
mooring private boats.
Roland W. Betts
is the principal owner.
Sports venues include:The Golf Club, The Field House, Sky Rink, The
Sports Center health club (houses the Spa at Chelsea Piers),
Chelsea Piers BlueStreak, 300 New York bowling.
Event spaces, Pier 60 and The Lighthouse, are operated by caterer
The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers includes a year-round outdoor golf
driving range, a teaching academy, two full-swing simulators and
two private event rooms. The driving range has four tiers, is
weather protected and heated and utilizes a Japanese-technology
automated ball tee-up system.
The Field House at Chelsea Piers has programs for both children and
adults in soccer, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, and rock
climbing. There are also dance classes and multi-sport programs for
kids. Children have birthday parties and attend summer and holiday
camps here. Adults participate in soccer and basketball leagues at
The most recent addition to Chelsea Piers is BlueStreak Sports
Training.Chelsea Piers BlueStreak was created to meet the training
demands of individual athletes and athletic organizations in the
New York City metropolitan area. This elite training facility,
located in the heart of the Chelsea Piers Sports &
Entertainment Complex – an internationally recognized destination
for competitive and recreational sports in New York City – provides
an environment to help dedicated athletes reach their potential.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, Chelsea Piers BlueStreak helps
athletes reach their athletic potential through a series of
exercises that enhance physical performance and sport-specific
CP Kids daycare and preschool is located adjacent to the Field
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers houses Manhattan’s only year-round, twin
indoor ice rinks. Programs include youth and adult hockey, general
skating, skating school, figure skating sessions, and holiday and
summer camps. Private and group lessons and ice skating birthday
parties are available.
The Sports Center health club is Chelsea Piers’ only membership
facility. Amenities include: a swimming pool, Hudson River
sundecks, basketball courts, a ¼-mile indoor track, a boxing ring,
a sand volleyball court, rock-climbing, pilates, cardio and
strength-training equipment, and a wide variety of fitness classes.
All members and guests must be 16 years of age or older.
The Spa at Chelsea Piers, located inside the Sports Center, opened
in 1995 as the Origins Feel-Good Spa. When Chelsea Piers took it
over in 2001, the name changed to the current one. The Spa has
eight treatment rooms, a spa lounge and a manicure/pedicure room
with river views, and is open to the general public.
Historically, the term Chelsea Piers
the luxury liner berths on Manhattan's west side from 1910 to the
the major trans-Atlantic liners of the day docked at the piers and
they played pivotal roles in the RMS Titanic and RMS
With luxury liners such as the Titanic becoming bigger and bigger,
New York City was looking for a new luxury liner dock in the early
Army, which controlled the location and size of piers, refused to
let any piers extend beyond the existing pierhead line of the North
River (the navigation name for the Hudson River south of 30th Street).
were reluctant to build north of 23rd Street because infrastructure
was already in place, including the High
Line Rail line and a train station near the river at
New York City solved the problem in an unusual way — it actually
took away a block of land that was once part of Manhattan.
was the 1837 landfill that extended Manhattan to 13th
The controversial decision included
condemning many businesses. The city was unable to condemn the West
Washington Street Market and was left to remain landfill.
ultimately closed and the dock was converted to a sanitation
facility that was used to load garbage barges headed for the
The only section of 13th Avenue that
remains is now a parking lot for sanitation trucks. The landfill is
now called the Gansevoort Peninsula
piers were designed by the architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore, which has also
Under contracts let by the New York City
Department of Dock and Ferries, the Chelsea Section
, as it was officially called, replaced a
hodgepodge of run-down waterfront structures with a row of grand
buildings embellished with pink granite facades and formed the
docking points for the rival Cunard Line
and White Star Line
Lusitania and Titanic disasters
every trans-Atlantic ship of the era visited the piers, with the
exception of RMS
Titanic, the two most memorable moments for the pier were
with the Lusitania and Titanic.
Lusitania left her
54 before being torpedoed and becoming the rallying
cry for American involvement in World War
Titanic was destined
for the White Star pier 59 when she sank.
rescued on Cunard's RMS
. The Carpathia
dropped off the
lifeboats at Pier 59 before going back south to
Pier 54 where she unloaded the passengers and survivors. Thousands
of people assembled at the dock to greet the ship.
1936, the Chelsea Piers were the point of departure for Jesse Owens and the United States Olympic team
as they left for the Summer
Games in Berlin, Germany.
York moved its luxury liner piers to the New York
Cruise Terminal between West 46th and West 54th Street in 1935 to accommodate
bigger ships such as the RMS Queen Mary and the , the pier became a cargo terminal.
During World War II
the piers were used
to deploy troops.
The piers had a catstrophic fire in 1947 that destroyed some of the
south piers. New construction resulted in new cargo piers used by
the United States Lines
Westway demolition plans
In the 1980s, plans circulated to replace the West Side Elevated Highway
an at grade highway going along the West Side south of 42nd Street.
The plan called for the highway to run over demolished piers. Pier
54 was actually demolished in 1991 although the archway entrance
(along with the White Star and Cunard signage) was retained. The
plan (dubbed the Westway
abandoned after court cases said the new highway would jeopardize
Following the demise of Westway, development of the West Side Highway
evolved into two parts:
a public/private partnership that evolved into the upper piers
being used for recreational purposes. The southern piers are now
part of the Hudson River Park
while the northern piers make up the Chelsea Piers Sports
& Entertainment Complex
Construction of Chelsea Piers Sports and
Entertainment Complex began on July 12 1994 in ceremonies attended
York Governor Mario Cuomo, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and
Manhattan Borough President
- Law & Order and
Law & Order:
Criminal Intent are filmed in studios located on Chelsea
- On September 14, 2004, a road leading to Pier 62 was renamed
"Law & Order Way".
- Sky Rink has the only year-round ice skating rinks in New York
- Twenty-five movies have been filmed at Chelsea Piers.
- Directly opposite Chelsea Piers is the
Venus : a ten story high mural
painting by New York artist Knox
Martin on the south side of Bayview
Correctional Facility at 19th Street and 11th Avenue.
- The Apprentice filmed three episodes at Chelsea Piers,
including 2 finales.
- The first four seasons of Spin
City were shot in studio D on Chelsea Piers.
- Right To Play's USA office is
located at Chelsea Piers.