New York Harbor, New York City
New York Harbor, part of the Port of New York and New Jersey, is at the mouth of the Hudson River where it empties into New York Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean at the East Coast of the United States. It is one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Although the United States Board on Geographic Names does not use the term, New York Harbor has important historical, governmental, commercial, and ecological usages.HistoryColonial eraThe original population of the 16th century New York Harbor, the Lenape, used the waterways for fishing and travel. In 1524 Giovanni da Verrazzano anchored in what is now called The Narrows, the strait between Staten Island and Long Island that connects the Upper and Lower New York Bay, where he received a canoe party of Lenape. A party of his sailors may have taken on fresh water at a spring called "the watering place" on Staten Island—a monument stands in a tiny park on the corner of Bay Street and Victory Boulevard at the approximate spot—but Verrazzano's descriptions of the geography of the area are a bit ambiguous. It is fairly firmly held by historians that his ship anchored at the approximate location where the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge touches down in Brooklyn today. He also observed what he believed to be a large freshwater lake to the north (apparently Upper New York Bay). He apparently did not travel north to observe the existence of the Hudson River. In 1609 Henry Hudson entered the Harbor and explored a stretch of the river that now bears his name. His journey prompted others to explore the region and engage in trade with the local population.Plan to visit New York Harbor during your New York City vacation using our convenient New York City tour app .
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New York Harbor Reviews
New York è una metropoli enorme, il suo porto è uno dei piu' grandi al mondo, e con il termine Harbour si intende tutta la zona dei fiumi, estuari e baie che si trovano allo sbocco dell' Hudson. Ha se... more »New York is a huge metropolis, its port is one of the largest in the world, and with the term harbour means the whole area of the rivers, estuaries and bays that are located at the mouth of the Hudson. It always has its charm, the view of the skyline is breathtaking, Miss Liberty dominates the access, majestic and imposing. It is the area from which ferries depart for cruises in the bay and to reach Liberty and Ellis Island, not to be missed to admire the city from the water and take beautiful photos, both God day and evening.
An impressive view both day and night. It seems that everywhere you look there are iconic structures rising high above, both old and new, and the perspective afforded by a view over the Hudson puts th... more »
Very nice harbor. You can take a cruise from there. Taxi, ferry or ship. Great place also during rainy dais. The view was really awesome. My boyfriend and I enjoyed this attraction.
Lots of fun on liberty cruise tours. Great picture opportunities
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