Men's Shelter at 39th Street Ferry Terminal


Men's Shelter at 39th Street Ferry Terminal


The 39th Street Ferry House Men's Shelter was built in response to the Panic of 1920. In cooperation with the Department of Public Welfare and the Mayor's Committee on Relief, SCI opened this temporary station for unemployed seamen on November 7, 1921. This facility provided beds, hot showers, laundry services and food for 500 men each night until it closed on April 15, 1922.


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This building was located where at the current Battery Maritime Building at the end of FDR drive on the southern tip of Manhattan


Seamen's Church Institute, “Men's Shelter at 39th Street Ferry Terminal ,” Seamen's Church Institute Archives, accessed July 21, 2024,