05/11/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Rooftop Cruise Ship... Wait, What?

There really isn't any better way to describe it: look at the building on Water Street between Beekman & Peck Slip...

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And you'll see a rooftop structure that can only be described as cruise ship-inspired architecture:

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The addition is appropriate to the building when you learn it is home to the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey, an advocacy group for seamen founded in 1834.

Here is what would be considered the front of the ship, complete with a front deck and bell...

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...While the rear features a smoke stack like structure:

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Finally, perched on top is a mast-like flagpole:

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Lit up at night, it almost seems like the brick buildings below are miraculously giving birth to a cruise ship (picture courtesy the Seamen's Institute website):

Some might find this to be too eccentric or gaudy for the neighborhood, but I gotta admit, I enjoy seeing it every time I drive by on Pearl Street. FYI to anyone looking, the top floors are largely an event space, and the wrap-around deck gives a pretty neat view of Manhattan. Definitely contact them for any filming considerations here.


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