Thirteenth Avenue (Manhattan)
In the early 20th century, New York was looking to build longer piers along the Hudson to accommodate bigger ships such as the RMS Lusitania and the RMS Titanic. However, the United States government, which controls the bulkhead line, refused to allow longer piers to be built.
The shipping companies were reluctant to build longer piers further uptown because existing infrastructure such as the tracks of the New York Central Railroad and the 23rd Street ferry station were already in place to support Manhattan's ships.
A small section north of Gansevoort Street, the West Washington Market, was left as an exception and this became a peninsula (Gansevoort Peninsula). The only remaining block of 13th Avenue, behind the Bloomfield Street Sanitation Depot across the West Side Highway from Gansevoort Street, is currently used as a parking lot for garbage trucks and New York City Department of Sanitation employees' vehicles; this remnant of the avenue bears no signage identifying it as 13th Avenue. Proposals have been made for a sandy beach, or for a garbage transfer pier.