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TS Empire State VI Departs 2022

What’s happening at this bridge? Approaching on what appears to be a wooded river is an antiquated cargo vessel. Know this sylvan location? Might this be a not-so-obscure location referred to as the UES,  the Upper East Side of Manhattan?  That certainly appears to be a section of the river campus of Rockefeller University . […]

Sixth Boro Summer 4

As I went to one of my locations Thursday, I saw this tow headed up the Upper Bay toward Bayonne, and lamented being too late.  I knew it was one of the new DSNY garbage cranes recently being deployed to new marine transfer stations in Manhattan & SW Brooklyn… Panning slightly to the right, a […]

Sixth Boro Summer 3

Lest you think Combi-Dock III and Peking–I will get back to them– are the only thing happening in the watery parts of NYC, here’s just a sampling . . . in a series I started last summer. SBI Macarena –a fairly new bulk carrier– came in past the Brooklynside ramps for the VZ Bridge, passing […]

Sixth Boro Summer 2

Even with sunglasses on, you can see the provenance of this barge Matilde in summer light.  Jeddah was my point of departure for a voyage I took just over 30 years ago . . .  and greatly enjoyed. Summertime brings folks out to all the geology along the north Brooklyn side of the East river. […]

Sixth Boro Summer

I’ve written about summertime and about summertime blues–about beating them.  But since you can’t ever step into the same river twice, or gallivant in the same primordial first boro, here’s the 2016 version of trying to capture the sixth boro with a camera on a hot summer weekend afternoon, looking for shade–any shade will do– […]

Random Tugs 353

Barry Silverton first came to the sixth boro five and a half years ago.  Her twin Emery Zidell appeared here earlier this year, and i believe this is the first time to catch the ATB light and head on. Roughly the same size, Haggerty Girls waits alongside as RTC 80 loads. Mary Turecamo heads out  […]

Random Tugs 361

Photos from the sixth boro . . . although I’m a thousand miles away and in the eastern mountains…  1974 ex-Exxon Ocean State and and slightly smaller 1975 ex-Exxon Granite State, now Marjorie B. McAllister and Brendan Turecamo. The 1999 ex-Crosby Knight now Stephen Dann was pushing a Centerline barge.  The 2009 ex-Allison Crosby is […]

Exotics 25

Summer haze and location compromise these photos, but in the interest of documenting specialty vessels that enter the sixth boro, I present to you . . . Geoquip Saentis, a recently overhauled 2005 geotechnical drill vessel.  She was in the boro last year as well here. She’s been working in a tight clutch with her […]

Winter Solstice 2021

Winter solstice is one date I pay attention to, and yesterday demanded an undivided portion of it.  I was out on the sixth and primordial boro at sunrise, although when it rose, a gauzy film of stratus filtered the light.  I tinkered with the image a bit to enhance the cosmic eeriness. Along the Brooklyn […]

Sixth Boro Diaspora

You might have known that I had the good fortune to gallivant most of last week, and it’s tough to gallivant without recording some images.   I took several hundred photos, and not only of boats and ships.  As with infants, humans in unfamiliar places detect patterns, familiar details.   Pattern recognition kicked in when I […]