Today, the pier is home to a golf driving range, a digital studio and a microbrewery. In 1912, it was the pier for ships of the White Star line.
The Carpathia stopped at Pier 59 to drop off White Star property: lifeboats from the R.M.S. Titanic, which it had collected from the North Atlantic three days earlier, when the Carpathia rescued 705 passengers and crew members. The lifeboats were all that was left of the unsinkable Titanic.

Then the Carpathia turned back to its own pier, 54, just south of 14th Street. Thousands of people had gathered to watch it come in and find relatives, or in the case of newspaper reporters, to find stories.

So, what happened to those 705 souls brought to New York by the Carpathia?

Some of the women who had traveled in the lowly steerage quarters were given a refuge at the mission of Our Lady of the Rosary.  An exhibit detailing their experiences can be seen at the church of the same name, 7 State Street, near Battery Park.

Read the full story in the New York Times.