Named for Jeremiah Timothy Driscoll (1909 - 1994)
Captain, Pilot, Seaman
Defender of New York Harbor's Waterfront
Mayor Giuliani signs bill that adds the name "Jerry Driscoll Walk" to the Peck Slip portion of the East River Bikeway/Walkway in Manhattan.
Monday, June 28, 1999
Jeremiah Timothy Driscoll (1909-1994) was born in the fishing village of Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland. In 1928, at the age of 19, he came to New York to see his fortune and began his long career on the waterways of New York as a deck hand on a Sheepshead Bay fishing boat.
One of the original partners in the formation of Sightseeing Yachts Circle Line in 1945, for over 60 years he owned and piloted tour boats, fishing boats, commuter boats, tug boats and fuel delivery boats on the waterways of New York. A man of fierce integrity, he was dedicated to the fair and open use of New York Harbor waterfront.
For many years, Jeremiah Driscoll lived in the South Street Seaport and was a contributor to, and supporter of, the Seaport Community Coalition’s activities in the South Street Seaport Historic District. After his death in 1994, to honor Jerry Driscoll’s commitment to maritime commerce and his never-wavering efforts to preserve the integrity of the Seaport’s historic authenticity, the Seaport Community Coalition initiated the effort to name the portion of the proposed East River Bikeway/Walkway from Peck Slip to Dover Street in his honor. At a ceremony on December 13, 1999, attended by New York City Council member Kathryn Freed, Jeremiah Driscoll’s niece Ann O’Driscoll, and members and supporters of the Seaport Community Coalition, the Seaport Community Coalition dedicated a plaque at the southern end of Jerry Driscoll Walk officially naming the East River Bikeway/Walkway from Peck Slip to Dover Street “Jerry Driscoll Walk."