Tag Archives: East River

Playing the East River Piano Under the Brooklyn Bridge

A few years ago we posted about a grand piano which rather mysteriously showed up on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay near Miami.   A few days ago, a grand piano showed up on a sand beach beneath the Brooklyn Bridge … Continue reading

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Update: Captain Error and Poor Bridge Design Caused Seastreak Wall Street Ferry Collision

On January 9, 2013, we posted about the Seastreak Wall Street catamaran ferry, which slammed into a loading barge at Pier 11 in New York City’s East River in Lower Manhattan at 12 knots, injuring 80 of the 331 passengers and crew.  The … Continue reading

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When the Harbor Froze in New York

Much of the US is suffering under a “polar vortex,” which has plunged temperatures into single digits and wind chills well into negative numbers. Here on the west bank of the Hudson River the temperature is around 4 F with … Continue reading

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At Least 50 Injured as Seastreak Commuter Ferry Slams East River Dock in Lower Manhattan

This morning around 8:45 local time, a Seastreak catamaran ferry carrying approximately 300 commuters slammed into a loading barge at Pier 11 in New York City’s East River, in Lower Manhattan, injuring at least 50 passengers. At least one was reported to be in … Continue reading

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New York’s South Street Seaport Museum – the Good and Really, Really Bad News

The area around the South Street Seaport on the East River in lower Manhattan was particularly hard hit by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.  The rising water reached the first floor eaves, devastating homes and businesses. The only good news was that the seven historic vessels at … Continue reading

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NYC’s East River Water Turbine Energy Licence Awarded to Verdant Power

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued its first license for a tidal energy project to Verdant Power.  The Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project is located in New York’s East River just west of Roosevelt Island. Since 2006, Verdant … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Visitors Center to Open in 2011

The Brooklyn Navy Yard, in New York on the East River in Wallabout Basin,  has always seemed to me to be equal parts working industrial park, living museum, and ghost town.   The land was purchased by the Federal government in 1801 … Continue reading

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The General Slocum Tragedy

One hundred and six years ago today, June 15th, 1904, the  Paddle Steamer General Slocum caught fire in the East River and burned killing an estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 people on board.  The steamer was carrying members of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church … Continue reading

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