Although Pier 54 is one of Hudson River Park's main event and performance spaces, this singular pier shares history with both the RMS Titanic and the RMS Lusitania. Completed in 1910, Pier 54 was designed by Warren and Wetmore, the same architectural firm that designed Grand Central Terminal.
The piers' grand buildings featured pink granite facades; today, the iron archway is the only identifiable element from the original design. Following the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, the RMS Carpathia discharged the Titanic's survivors at Pier 54.
Three years later, in 1915, the RMS Lusitania left Pier 54 and was torpedoed by a German U-boat, becoming the rallying cry for America's involvement in World War I. Today, the pier is used for concerts and is often the location for the annual Gay Pride dance each June.
Learn more at www.hudsonriverpark.org