Saturday, January 18, 2020

NYC's maritime past at the Customs House, The Battery

The old Federal Customs House at the foot of Broadway is now the home of the New York branch of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.  A beautiful collection that will be the subject of another post.  But the first thing that grabbed my attention is the entry hall - it's domed skylight ceiling ringed by murals of New York's maritime past.  From the Ambrose Light Ship at the entrance to the Ambrose channel into the harbor to tugs pushing ocean liners and freighters.