Chelsea Piers | Popular Recreational Destinations

by Nick David

Chelsea PiersChelsea Piers sits alongside the Hudson River adjacent to Chelsea Cove Park. Known as the Chelsea Sport and Entertainment Complex, this is one of the city’s busiest and most popular recreational destinations. There are many piers spread out over 28 acres that are located on the west side of Manhattan that make up the sports village such as Pier 59, 60 and 61.


There are walkways and bikeways that run parallel to the piers with the most popular high line located just east of the piers. Chelsea Piers is always committed to operating one of the most innovating sports and entertainment venues in the United States with cutting edge programming, top of the line facilities and professional staff.


History 101
In 1910 Chelsea Piers opened with a ribbon cutting after more than 8 years of construction. It served as the docking location for luxury liners coming to the American shorelines in 1907 a few years before the completion. The Lusitania and Mauretania are two of the luxury liners that docked here.


Chelsea Piers was designed by Warren and Wetmore, an architectural firm that also designed the Grand Central Terminal. The piers consisted of run down structures with many buildings overstating pink granite facades.

Over the next 50 years the piers served its purpose with accommodating the needs of the port. Being the city’s first ship terminal this was the perfect point for soldiers to depart for the World War I and II battlefields. It wasn’t until the early 1960’s when it became a cargo terminal.


It was in the 1980’s when plans for a new highway was planned out. Luckily for New York natives and visitors this plan was revoked and all rights were reserved to operate the entertainment and sports venues.


Entertainment Venues
Golf Club, Sports Center Health Club, Sky Rink, Field House, 300 New York, Pier 60, The Lighthouse, Maritime Center and Studios are all located on the Chelsea Pier located nearby the Chelsea Cover Park situated on Piers 59, 60 and 61. Just about every sport is offered such as Baseball, Bowling, Boxing, Basketball, Golf, Sailing, Running and Soccer.


There is a full calendar schedule that gives an overview of all activities including drop-in activities. There are many public events that include the Basketball Skills Academy, Golf Club Customer Appreciation Week, Annual Golf Fest, Figure Skating Competition, Summer Camp and Thai Boxing.


Visiting Chelsea Piers
Chelsea Piers is the number one venue in New York that should be visited by anyone and everyone. If you are looking to enjoy a vacation of sports, entertainment or relaxation, this is the perfect hot spot destination. There is something for the whole family to enjoy creating a totally unique experience when visiting New York. You can visit for more detailed information on the different venues and seasonal operations. Directions are provided on the website as well as hours and prices. You can even book a private event on Pier 60 or at the Lighthouse whether it’s a corporate event or a private birthday celebration. Click here for more details on Chelsea Piers


Yankee Stadium History

by Nick David

On the 6th of February 1921, the Yankees sent out a press release stating the intended purchase of 10 acres of land in the Bronx. Just one year later, the Yankees bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox. This set a precedent which would make the New York Yankees one of the most successful and influential sports teams in the world.

Initially sharing a stadium with the Giants, the Yankees broke away to build their own stadium which have the capacity to host 70,000 fans. On opening day, the stadium was crammed with spectators, with thousands more cramming outside the gates. The inaugural game took place against the Red Sox, with Babe Ruth hitting a three-run homer to smash the Sox 4-1. The new stadium and new fame was a thorn in the side of the Giants who were not used to playing second fiddle to the Yankees. This rivalry was compounded when the Yankees hosted the first of their 33 World Series over their former landlords, the Giants. The total currently stands at 26. Because of Babe Ruth’s enigmatic pulling power, the stadium became known as ??The House That Ruth Built??.

Over the years the stadium has undergone certain aesthetic and comfort changes, but the true character and appeal of the Yankee Stadium is still very much a part of a history which can still be felt today.

If you enjoy reading about history, New York Journey features an interesting section on the history of New York City.