Friday, March 12, 2010
Today I took my act on the road. I brought my bagpipes down to Pier 54 along the Hudson River to play undisturbed. There was no sun so the open feeling on the river was just great. A few dogs, joggers and some guys photographing gnarled metal were my companions.
This being New York, I thought that this pier probably has a story. And it does.
Pier 54 was once the embarkation point for many cruise ships. That rusted arch you see in the photo was at one time the entrance to a building that housed glamourous passengers awaiting to go glamourous places.
In fact it was the Cunard-White Star pier and this is where the Lusitania set sail on her maiden voyage.
(You can see where the arch was part of a building with the Lusitania at its side)
It was also home to Wigstock.
Time passes, things change, people are forgotten, but you will always find a bagpiper in New York City looking for a place to practice.