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On the Waterfront
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Welcome to the After Party by the Intrepid Museum’s Special Events Team. Here we’ll give you a look behind the velvet ropes at one of the most exceptional venues in New York, and we’ll tell you what’s catching our eye in the industry and beyond. Just like our events, each of us has a unique style. We’ll be giving you the good, the bad and the outrageously inspiring from our life aboard the ship. Join us for the After Party!
Posted: 10/5/2015 10:40:53 AM

By Trudy Chan


When you first tell people that you work at the Intrepid Museum, invariably they ask, “Wait, do you really work on the boat?” First of all, it’s a ship—not a boat—and yes, we do! Our offices are located on the gallery deck (between the flight deck and the hangar deck) of the carrier, and we are docked at Pier 86 on the shores of the Hudson River. This gives us a pretty unique perspective on life in New York City!

Here are five things you might not have known about working on the waterfront:

1. Getting food delivery can get pretty interesting. A typical conversation can go something like this...

Us:        We’d like an order for delivery, please.
Them:   Sure, what’s your address?
Us:        West 46th Street and 12th Avenue.
Them:   What’s the building number?
Us:        Weeeelllll, we don’t have a building number. We’re located on the Pier... Pier 86.
Us:        We’re a ship.
Them:   Ok, what’s your cross street?
Us:        12th Avenue and West 46th Street.
Them:   Um, OK, how will we find you?
Us:        Oh, don’t you worry—you’ll see us!

2. Other office workers in Midtown can’t say they have the neighbors we do! To the north of us at Pier 88, large ocean liners dock to pick up and drop off thousands of passengers regularly, and even yachts owned by the well-to-do come by from time to time. They are an impressive sight! On our own pier, we often host cutters from the U.S. Coast Guard and even tall ships from other nations. During Superbowl 2014, we welcomed the Bud Light Hotel (an entire cruise ship!) for a weeklong stay while we hosted concerts and parties in the Museum complex for guests.

3. It’s quite convenient to take midday breaks to kayak, paddleboard or even Jet Ski on the Hudson River! Just south of us, the Manhattan Kayak Company [link:] leads regular classes and tours on kayaks and stand-up paddleboarding on “Lake Intrepid”—that’s what it calls the body of water between its dock and our ship. Talk about a waterfront view! Just watch out for the ferry boats.

Photo credit: Dan Nguyen

4. We can take a lunch-hour sail up the Hudson on a “boat-staurant”! The North River Lobster Company is docked just a few piers away and offers yummy lobster rolls on its ship, Destiny.


5. Being “off the grid” of Manhattan means we’re out of the chaos and noise of the city, and we can enjoy moments of true tranquility and serenity.

On top of that, our views of the sunset are better than yours—they just are (#sorrynotsorry)! And we have multiple vantage points from the Museum complex: the fantail and Great Hall on the aft end of the ship, which feature 180-degree views to the west; both the port side and starboard aircraft elevator terraces; the plaza underneath the Concorde; and of course, the flight deck.
Photo credit: gimmeocean, Flickr