Pier A, at the northern end of Battery Park at the Hudson River, is the oldest extant pier in NYC and the only one identified by a letter. All piers north of here along the Hudson, and on the east side of the island at the East River, are identified by number. It was built in 1886 for NYC’s Department of Docks and Harbor Police. In the past it has been used as the HQ for the FDNY Marine Divison. The distinctive tower clock, added in 1919, was the nation’s first World War I memorial.
After 20 years of delay, renovations that will include stores, a restaurant and entry point for the Liberty and Ellis Island ferries are finally under way.