Mooremack's Haunting Grounds


This is the second page of Robert Trisciuzzi's stroll around New York. 

As you can see, these signs are still on the Gowanus Expressway stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (Interstate 278), for the 36th Street/Sunset Park exit for the Moore-McCormack Terminals at 23rd Street.  This particular sign is 1/4 mile before the exit.

This sign is just before the exit.  The ocean liners were moved to Pier 97 at the foot of 57th Street, Hudson River, in 1961, but the move did not affect the cargo fleet which continued to use the 23rd Street Terminal. 

These signs were taken by Robert's son, Edmund Trisciuzzi, while Robert was driving 10-20 mph.  He made two passes before he was satisfied that they had the photos.  True dedication for Mooremack, indeed.  Of course Edmund thinks his Dad is strange for slowing down on an expressway and wanting him to take photos of signs.

Moore-McCormack 23rd Street Warehouse

Moore-McCormack 23rd Street Warehouse

Robert waited until January 2005 when there was no foliage on the trees so he could get a good shot of the 23rd Street Moore-McCormack Lines warehouse.

23rd Street warehouse August 2007

23rd Street warehouse inside August 2007

Sean McNeary of Turner Construction sent us these photos of the Moore-McCormack Lines warehouse in August 2007.  He informed us that the Economic Development Corporation now owns the warehouse and is planning to demolish the building.  He stated that time has ravaged what was once a vital component of Moore-McCormack. 


West 57th Street -- Moore-McCormack passenger terminal.

57th-58th Streets -- The Holland-America / Moore-McCormack piers are now the equipment depot of the Sanitation Department of New York. 

45th Street -- A Carnival cruise ship working up steam for departure.

Montero's Bar & Grill, a crusty maritime bar and a holdover from another age, on Atlantic Avenue at the corner of Hicks Street.  Robert remembered they had a couple of prints on their walls and went there to continue his mission for Mooremack.   While conversing with Renee Montero about Moore-McCormack, he had a couple of Heineken's (the most exotic beer they have in a bottle). 

This print was made from the painting of the S.S. Argentina, S.S. Brazil, and S.S. Uruguay, built in late 1920s.  The artist, Fred J. Hoertz, was commissioned by Moore-McCormack. 

This print on another wall was taken from the painting of the S.S. Argentina and S.S. Brasil (built in late 1950s), by the artist, Jack L. Gray.

Post cards were made from the paintings.


Mr. & Mrs. McCormacks's home once stood here

Robert Lee, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. McCormack's home once stood here at 92nd Street and Shore Road, Brooklyn.  Co-operative apartments now stand here.

June 2007, 522 Third Street, Brooklyn - Robert C.. Lee, Jr., is standing in front of the home that he and his parents lived in from 1931-1941.  His father is Admiral Robert C. Lee, who at various times during his career at Moore-McCormack, was Executive Vice-President and Director, and Chairman of the Board.  Admiral Lee was employed at Mooremack from 1920 until his retirement in 1962(Courtesy of Robert C. Lee, Jr.)


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