To start off this story, lets first go back thousands and thousands of years. Back to a recent Ice Age in a place you may have heard of. Today, it is called New York City. During the Ice Age, the city was covered with three thousand feet of glacier; an unfathomable amount. As the Earth began to warm up, the glacier started to melt. Some of the meltwater from the glacier formed the Narrows river, and the neighborhood of Bay Ridge has gotten its name from the glacial ridge that once existed.
When settlers came to New York, they had no way of trading or communicating between Kings and Richmond County (modern day Brooklyn and Staten Island, respectively), so they built a wharf. A wharf is defined as "a landing place or pier where ships may tie up and load or unload."
In 1741, Benjamin Franklin was the Postmaster of Brooklyn, and used the wharf to send mail to Boston and Georgia. During the Battle of Brooklyn, the Civil War, and towards the end of WWII, the military used the wharf for their ships. It is pretty amazing to think that I went in a place where the great Ben Franklin also stood. It is a historic landmark, albeit one that's locked up, crumbling, and of great obscurity to the general public.
Denyse Wharf [Foreground]