2. The Waterfront Museum
Barges were the main vessels to ply the waters of the Erie Canal. For decades they were pulled by mules. During the twentieth century, tugs took over. Today, a flavor of barge life can be found at the Waterfront Museum in Brooklyn, which is located on the only floating wooden covered barge of its kind, built in 1914. The museum is located along the Red Hook waterfront, right where Erie Canal grain barges lined up in the heyday of the canal.