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I like the New York harbor settings of such writers as Joseph Mitchell and Frederick Busch. Non-fiction writers I enjoy are William Kornblum and Phillip Lopate. And there’s the poetry of Walt Whitman and this poem of Joseph Bruchac. But I admit to knowing very few authors who used New York harbor life as an integral part of their work. Please send in your “best of” prose or poetry set in New York harbor. Meanwhile, Edgar Allen Poe used this feature in the side of a cold frozen Hoboken bluff as inspiration for “The Mystery of Marie Roget.”
By the way, just above the cave entrance is Colonial House at SIT. Inland a couple streets is Davidson Lab with its famous wet tank.

While we’re on cold “unsual frozen objects” identified or otherwise, check out this whitish material below narrowing the span of the Hudson.

Winter, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a warm book and dream of comfortable summer play on the rivers. Unless, of course, you’re the type who loves to go out sailing in February when the river is almost solely yours, but that’s for tomorrow. For now, tell me your favorite New York harbor-set writing; I’ll summarize and post.

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