About NY Harbor

The various sites offered within the DockNYC network are conveniently located on one of the largest natural harbors on the East Coast and also one of the busiest waterways in the world.

New York Harbor, part of the Port of New York and New Jersey, is at the mouth of the Hudson River where it empties into New York Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean. It welcomes thousands of ships carrying millions of metric tons of cargo from around the world every year.

It is the largest oil importing port and third largest container port in the nation.  The harbor is also still serviced by several cruise lines, commuter ferries, and tourist excursion boats. Passenger ship facilities are New York Passenger Ship Terminal, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal at Red Hook, and MOTBY at Bayonne.

Vessels entering the harbor from the Atlantic Ocean do so via the Lower Bay and pass under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, between the sites of historic Fort Hamilton (in Brooklyn) and Fort Wadsowrth (in Staten Island.)  Vessels then orient themselves for passage to the east into Arthur Kill or Raritan River or to the north to The Narrows.
To the east lies the Rockaway Inlet, which leads to Jamaica Bay. The Narrows connects to the Upper New York Bay at the mouth of the Hudson River, which is sometimes (particularly in navigation) called the North River. Large ships are able to navigate upstream to the Port of Albany-Rensselaer. To the west lies Kill van Kull, the strait leading to Newark Bay, fed by the Passaic River and Hackensack River, and the northern entrance of Arthur Kill. The Gowanus Canal and Buttermilk Channel are entered from the east. The East River is a broad strait that travels north to Newtown Creek and the Harlem River, turning east at Hell Gate before opening to Long Island Sound, which provides an outlet to the open sea.