Dedication of Pier 36

Friday, September 24, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Official opening of Pier 36 on the East River for the Belgian Line. Commissioner of Public Events Richard C. Patterson speaks that this gathering symbolizes the positive relationship between Belgium and the city of New York.

Patterson introduces Leo Brown to speak. Brown notes the importance of Prince Albert's presence at the event. He notes the cost of the wharf - $700 million. Brown speaks of the many benefits of this facility and its lovely aesthetic and functional design.

Next, Governor Rockefeller speaks, addressing the crowd in French, then moving to English to talk about the pioneering project of working with the Belgian Line to create Pier 36.

Andre de Spirlet of Belgium then speaks about the relationship between the Belgian Line and New York City.

Finally, Mayor Robert Wagner speaks about future plans and the role of government and industry to realize Pier 36.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 5787


Leo Brown, Richard C. Patterson, Nelson A. Rockefeller and Robert F. Wagner


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Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

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