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Atlantic and Erie Basins

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Ports that were integral to Brooklyn's important shipping industry

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Red Hook
Industrial, Historic Site & Museum

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The Atlantic and Erie basins, built in 1841 and 1864 respectively, demonstrate the dominance of the Brooklyn harbor in the years before World War II. Today, they remain as remnants of New York's industrial history as well providing wonderful views and fishing spots in the Red Hook community.


The Atlantic and Erie basins were feats of engineering that increased the capacity of New York Harbor and established the predominance of the Brooklyn waterfront in shipping.

The Atlantic Basin was proposed and planned by businessman Colonel Daniel Richards in 1839, who owned the basin site on Red Hook Island fronting the Buttermilk Channel. (The neighborhood now called Red Hook had been a 50-acre island separated from the mainland by a creek, until the creek and many of its marshes were filled in with land from the highlands that are now Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill.) The Atlantic Basin...

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Photos from the Bridge and Tunnel Club's "The Big Map"


Anonymous Nominator

The Atlantic Basin was a "wonder of the world" when built, this was the first dock basin in Red Hook and marked the beginning of industrial development in South Brooklyn.

Iva Kaufman

Built in the 1850s as the official terminus of the Erie Canal for grain barges from the Midwest and others, the Erie Basin was the second major basin, even larger than the Atlantic Basin, and possibly the largest in the world when built. Bargemen wintered here during the 19th century.

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