Relief Workers Find Spartan Lodging, Right on the Water.
Andrew Baas, 32, a federal employee sent to New York as part of a recovery team, told the folks back home in Everett, Pa., that he was helping Hurricane Sandy victims in south Brooklyn and sleeping on a ship docked at the base of a bridge in the Bronx.
“They said, ‘Like a troll, under a bridge?’ – and I said, ‘Well no, it’s a big bridge.’”
Indeed it is — it’s the 2,900-foot-long Throgs Neck Bridge, and the ship is the T.S. Empire State VI, a 565-foot training ship for the State University of New York Maritime College, where the ship is regularly docked at the tip of the Throgs Neck peninsula in the Bronx.
When the federal government needed emergency shelter for thousands of employees arriving in New York to assist with relief and recovery efforts, the academy offered the Empire as something of a waterfront hotel – a spartan one.