A Hudson River yacht club gets the boot

The clubhouse for the Columbia Yacht Club, on the Hudson River at 86th Street since the 1870s, looks like a breezy little summertime spot for boating and dining by the water in this penny postcard from about 1910.


I especially like the old-timey bridge that goes over the railroad tracks to the clubhouse.

The club’s days were numbered though. In 1934, park commissioner Robert Moses abruptly notified members that they were getting the boot because the premises were in the way of “West Side improvement.”

They left after a legal battle, relocating first to Riverdale and then to a site off Long Island Sound.

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2 Responses to “A Hudson River yacht club gets the boot”

  1. Lori Parkinson Says:

    Love everything you do! Have you ever run across any information on the Nonpareil Rowing Club (Upper West Side)?

  2. BabyDave Says:

    “Mr. Shaoul,” eh? Is this an earlier generation of developer dominating the neighborhood?

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