Along the Hudson River, next to an Edgewater shopping center parking lot, sits the Binghampton, a retired ferryboat built in 1905. I’d seen the hulking wreck in the distance from River Road, but this evening I was in the area around Golden Hour, when the light was just right, so I went exploring.
A sign at the entrance — which was burned up in a mysterious fire in May of this year, I’d later learn — said the Binghamton was built by the Hoboken Ferry Company, and transported passengers back and forth over the Hudson until 1967.
“Moored here in 1975, the Binghamton was converted to a restaurant,” the sign read. “The vessel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.”
While I was snapping with my SLR, I paused to take a photo with my iPhone. Posting it on Instagram, I wrote:
Let us lament the Binghamton, built by the Hoboken Ferry Company in 1905, it traversed the mighty Hudson for more than 60 years. Now it is a hulking wreck moored next to a fucking Trader Joe’s in an Edgewater shopping plaza.
And I then went to tag the location. The first result: “The Wreck Of The Binghamton.”