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Wooden piles extend out of the water, helping to form the outline of what once was another pier.  New York Central Railroad had piers 102 to 108 in this area.  Pier 108 was the last commercial pier along Manhattan banks of the Hudson River.  Riverside Park and the Boat Basin is located just north of this area.

Another view of the piles and the area where the New York Central Railroad yards were once located.

Amtrak utilizes the railroad right-of-way that passes through the area.  The railroad right-of-way extends from Pennsylvania Station to Spuyten Duyvil.

An interesting looking structure rises from the banks of the Hudson.  This is another relic of the once proud New York Central 60th Street yard.

A nice view of Trump's condominium complex.  According to the tour guide, Trump has made arrangements with the City to keep the old New York Central lighterage and float bridges in-tact, and they will become a monument of sorts and will be integrated with the surrounding parkland and greenway.  The Amtrak railroad right-of-way passes under Trump's buildings.

Here is one of the remaining float bridges.  "They have probably been out of use since about the time of the Penn Central merger in 1968.  The center bridge was a steel pony truss pontoon type, while the other two were electric bridges operated from an overhead gantry frame.  The southern one was an earlier design that used a separate main bridge plus a flexible apron at its outer end, which connected with the carfloat and absorbed the twisting and turning that accompany loading a long barge with heavy cars.  Its structure was largely wooden, including the outer trusses of its bridge, though the inner truss was steel, probably added later.  It was set afire by vandals in the late 1970s.", adds Thomas Flagg.  If you are interested in seeing what some of these piers looked like in their original form, you can buy Mr. Flagg's book at www.morningsunbooks.com and view many of the old pictures of these historically significant pieces of transportation infrastructure.

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