Expected sights on the East River include tugs and barges, small private sail and motor boats, yellow water taxis, and sludge tankers. But it’s the unusual that delights me; it’s one of my reasons to live in New York City.


Who would expect a float plane to operate regularly off the East River?


Who would expect an island named for a former Secretary General of the United Nations? See the sign to the right center at the base of the vertical structure.  This is looking east toward Queens.

Who would expect the water under the Manhattan Bridge to be filled with kayaks and small motor boats? Why are they there?


Is the circum-navigation swim marathon around Manhattan more than just urban legend? Enrollment for 2007 is now open.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.