THE NOTORIOUS CHELSEA PIERS
Pier 54 was part of the Chelsea Piers in New York in 1910. Chelsea Piers ran down the West Side of Manhattan from West 12th to 23rd Street. Warren and Wetmore, the same architectural firm that designed Grand Central Terminal, designed Chelsea Piers. White Star Line ships often occupied piers at the north end and Cunard Line ships occupied piers at the south end.
Titanic was originally scheduled to dock at Pier 59 in New York to conclude its maiden voyage. After Titanicsank Carpathia brought Titanic’s lifeboats to Pier 59 and then went to Pier 54 to dock with survivors. Chelsea Piers continued to be a functioning pier until it was torn down in 1991 to make room for the Westway highway.
Chelsea Piers is now Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex. It is home to CBS College Sports Network, Food Network, the largest training center for gymnastics, indoor playing fields for lacrosse and soccer, private event rooms, indoor ice rinks, year-round outdoor golf driving range, spas and a brewing company.