Our Three Priorities

  • 1. Pier 5 Public Access Open Space
  • 2. Parcel 3 – Recreational Water Access – Shipyard Park/Dry Dock 2 or Pier 3
  • 3. Enhanced Water Transportation


The head of the Boston harbor is situated on long neglected Pier 5 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, close by the USS Constitution on Pier 2. Originally built of wood in 1912, the abandoned concrete Pier 5 served for decades as the center of 11 Navy Yard piers dedicated to the construction of over 200 warships, missile production, and the vital advancement of US naval technology. Here is where the bucolic Charles River and commercial Mystic River flow together into Boston’s inner harbor. A chain link fence surrounds Pier 5 today, where its more than 80,000 square feet offer nearly 360 degree views of the harbor, city skyline, and national historic sites. Pier 5 provides magnificent views extending from Chelsea, East Boston to the North End, including harbor islands and the Boston skyline. Clearly visible from the abandoned pier are dynamic highlights of modern architecture like the iconic Institute of Contemporary Art and the Zakim Bridge, as well as venerable structures like the 17thc Custom House Tower, Old North Church, and Charlestown’s Bunker Hill Monument. Nowhere else on Boston’s 47 mile harbor walk can a visitor be so richly rewarded with Boston’s past, present and future vistas displayed in one glorious sweep.
“Most American seaports, including Boston harbor, have shamefully neglected the splendid history of their maritime efforts.” – Samuel Eliot Morison

NYCA Background and the Future of the Historic Navy Yard

In 2015 and early 2016 a series of meetings took place between residents of the Navy Yard, Boston city government officials, and members of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). Through this process and follow-up by BRA executives and staff, tangible progress was made on a number of issues that had long lingered. These included:

*** Return of the Charlestown/Long Wharf Ferry to its original home at Pier 4 ***

*** Improvements to the beautification and upkeep of Shipyard Park ***

In the Summer of 2016, the BRA met with all interested parties in the Navy Yard to present updates on the Rope Walk and Chain Forge redevelopment projects, and to seek input from stakeholders about Navy Yard capital improvements and the Water Activation Plan. It was through these efforts that the NYCA evolved and formed a Steering Committee in the Summer of 2016.  
“The NYCA seeks to work with the BPDA, city officials, the National Park Service, the U.S. Navy, community organizations, businesses, residents and other stakeholders to further its mission of advocating for optimum public use of the Charlestown Navy Yard waterfront.” — Charlestown Navy Yard Community Association

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