What does an aircraft carrier do when it retires? The Baylander IX-514 on the West 125th Street Harlem Pier, has opened its hatch in a new life as a restaurant on the West Harlem Pier at 125th Street.
The ship, billed as the world’s smallest aircraft carrier, was once a U.S. Navy Helicopter Landing Trainer (HLT), serving as a practice landing site for pilots in the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Beginning service in 1968, by 2006, she had achieved 100,000 accident-free helicopter landings ~ retiring from service in 2011 and sold into private hands.
Its current owner, Michael Trenk, who owns the Upper West Side ‘Prohibition‘ on Columbus Avenue at 84th Street has transformed the aircraft carrier into an eatery. Above, take a tour of the Baylander during its extensive renovation.
When completed, the ship will have about 4,000 square feet of outdoor space on two levels. Indoor seating will be available when New York City moves into its indoor restaurant phase.
Baylander Steel Beach anticipates a Grand Opening on Thursday, July 9, 2020, weather permitting. Hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday from 3:00-10:00pm. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. there will be accommodations for secure bike storage. The ship turned restaurant is available for private events!
Baylander Steel Beach is located in the Hudson River, West Harlem Piers on 125th Street. Look for American fare with a seafood focus.
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