Today, when one ventures down the west side of lower Manhattan, at the foot of 14th Street and near the West Side Highway, there may not seem to be any immediate connection to the great Atlantic Liners of yesterday. However, upon closer inspection, there are many reminders of a bygone era. Perhaps [most significant] is an abandoned pier given the simple number "54". This pier was operated by the Cunard Line. In 1912, this pier was where the Carpathia landed all 705 of the Titanic's survivors. Three years later, this was the pier from which the great Lusitania departed on her last and ill-fated voyage. Pier 54 was just one of a series of piers built along the lower west side of Manhattan. At the time of the Lusitania's maiden voyage in 1907, only a slab stretching into the North River existed; however, the inadequacies of working without a proper docking facility became manifest quickly. In response to the growing size of the Atlantic liners, the city of New York began to construct the piers that would become famous. (from Atlantic Liners)from West Side Highway today
Two grandly carved lintels which no doubt greeted passengers beginning in 1912 -- now forgotten, abandoned, but still beautiful with their wings of promise.