3. The First Permanent WWI Memorial in the U.S. was the Clock on the Tower of Pier A
Constructed in 1884-1886 for use as a police department harbor patrol, Department of Docks, and later the home to the New York Fire Department Marine Division, the Pier extended 300-feet into New York Harbor. In 1919, as a memorial to the American Soldiers and Sailors who lost their lives in World War I, a ship clock and bell were installed in the watchtower. It was the first World War I memorial erected in the United States and it is one of only two clocks on the Eastern seaboard whose chimes ring the hours in ship’s time. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was designated a NYC Landmark in 1977.
Left vacant in 1992, Pier A was beautifully restored and reopened last year, with dining choices both indoors and out.