6. An Historic Passenger Steamboat that Fits 1,500 Will Soon Run on the Hudson River

SS Columbia-Steamship-Buffalo-NYCThe S.S. Columbia in Buffalo in 2015. Photo courtesy SS Columbia Project

Historically, steam vessels ran along the Hudson River, connecting the Hudson Valley with New York City to bring visitors to the natural and cultural resources of both areas. As the Hudson Valley struggles with the post-industrial transition of other rust belt regions, the enterprising S.S. Columbia project aims to reconnect the valley with its strategic waterway.

After years in disrepair, the S.S. Columbia left its grave on Detroit’s industrial waterfront and made its way to Toledo for one winter, then Buffalo for the past winter as it undergoes restoration work. With one million in fundraising left to go, the SS Columbia has a planned arrival to the New York City area in summer of 2018.

Check out the interior of the S.S. Columbia as of 2015.