Smoked out tourists

Saturday, a couple of friends and I went on a tall ship cruise in NYC’s harbor. We did the Craft Beer Sail with The Clipper City and over the course of 1.5 hours we tasted six beers in 4oz pours and got to sail up close to the Statue of Liberty and along the west side of Governor’s Island.

The sails board from the end of Pier 17 at South Street Seaport which also houses a mall. Despite the mall, Pier 17 is a beautiful old wooden pier or, at least it was…

Around 5pm we were sitting at a bar on Peck Slip when my friend remarked she couldn’t see the Brooklyn skyline nor the Brooklyn Bridge outside. We turned around only to realize we were surrounded by billowing smoke. We hadn’t heard any loud noises so weren’t terribly alarmed but this being NYC we still ventured outside to look around.

Looking south, it seemed that the pier or at least something at the end of it was on fire. In no immediate danger, my friends went back inside to enjoy their drinks and get out of the smoke. Turns out that the part of the pier where my friends and I had boarded our sail just hours earlier was on fire.

So glad we’d opted for the lunchtime sail. So glad it wasn’t anything more serious.


Brooklyn smoked out.


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