The Ferry from Harlem to Coney Island

A recent item from a larger steamboat ephemera collection caught my eye. A ticket (punched, therefore used) for travel from Harlem to Coney Island.

Note that the ticket uses N.R. (North River) rather than Hudson River – North River was a more common term, used in the 19th century.

The interesting name “Iron Steamboat Co” evokes both durability and (at the time) modernity, while also (now) sounding heavy, slow, and antiquated.

The steamship would have left from the docks by the former Fairway supermarket, and run only in the summer.

I’m not sure what the fare would have been in 1918, but the ticket today is $40.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army wanted to let everyone know that it continues to offer its regular feeding program to anyone in need at their 125th Street location. Additionally, they reported to HNBA that their music school for children is running in a virtual format and currently have 35 children registered this semester.

Their East View residence has availability: and their Social Service Office is open every Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Victorian men and women boarding a steamship in Westchester (this part of The Bronx – under the High Bridge – was not yet a part of The Bronx or New York City), to head south to Harlem at 120th Street:

The larger night view of the precarious wooden pier and the High Bridge water tower looming above, can be seen below in the Harpers Magazine’s illustration:


Steamship Fares

To travel (before the age of rail and subways) to lower Manhattan (and Astoria), the Sylvian Steamship company ran for 8 cents (10 cents if purchased on board):

Details of the fare:

And, the complete card here: