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Here was 25.
Read those place names: Shellsea, Rowboaten, Flushwick, Rikers Reef, and Yankee Aquarium. Then there are landmasses like CUNY Island. The map called NY Sea is the creation of Jeffrey Linn, an Urban Planner/Designer, focusing primarily on walkable communities and Safe Routes to School issues. He writes, “I do a lot of mapping and GIS in my career. These maps are a bit of a tangent, but I’ve always focused on how sea level rise will impact cities, so it fits in well with my urbanist background. What got me interested in creating these maps is a fascination with how landscapes can change over time.” Jeffrey adds that although it can be “depressing for some to look at the maps . . . the place names help to lighten the mood.”
Click on the map itself for more of Jeffrey’s work. I wonder what the sixth boro would look like if there map were extended about 40 miles in either direction. I know Mount Mitchill (scroll) would be the high point of the area. And as water levels rise, there may be a day like Seth Tane captures here in the subway . . .
For a similar treatment of San Francisco, click here.
And vessels currently or recently in the sixth boro . . . I wish I’d gotten a photo of Ernest Hemingway.
And this one . . . Ice Base, which I noticed the first time bowsprit one day when my imagination was working faster than my eyes, and I saw Ice BABE. At least I though I did. Well, previously I had seen and my camera still thinks it saw Surfer Rosa!
Then last week . . I saw Charles Oxman venture into the Kills for the first time in ages with destination Casablanca. Seriously, I thought it had been sold foreign! In fact it was headed to the newly dubbed Rio Blanco, a fitting moniker for the frozen North River, which appears only briefly some years.
As I write this from just west of Murky City and Bergen Bar . . . I am grateful to Jeffrey Linn for use of his intriguing maps, another of which you can see here.
I was about to put up a different post–that’ll be for tomorrow–when Jonathan Steinman sent along these photos. As I post this, tug Challenger is eastbound on the East River, approaching Hell Gate. The question on Jonathan’s mind, as well as mine and maybe yours . . . what is that assemblage balanced on the barge?
For outatowners, this photo is taken from the east side of Manhattan, looking over Roosevelt Island in the direction of Queens. The red-white chimneys are part of the Ravenswood #3 Generating Station aka Big Allis. And against the sky to the far right, you can see the tops of the towers of the Queensboro Bridge, aka the groovy 59th Street Bridge.
It looks somewhat like a floating dry dock door, but I’m inclined to guess that it’s a vessel component.
Here are some previous quite unique photos sent along by Jonathan. Jonathan . . . thanks much.
And here was Whatzit 24.
Tugs and buoys carry glaze like this or
this . . . .
Even local wrecks (that’s two side by side there) have a glaze that mimics the gleaming white paint they once wore . . . . And one local water guy whose blog I usually read conveys experiences like these. Hawsepiper, . . . this goes out to you.
At these times it’s good to remember we have our own deferred (defurred?) mardi gras parade when we ditch our winter burqas and enjoy the summer solstice warmth . . .
sometimes even without parasols
in fewer than 125 days from now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Loosely related, click here for a bulk carrier named Mardi Gras and a whole youtube channel devoted for Asian tugs, jetfoils, fireboats, and other workboats.
When Walter’s building looks like this in the center of the island,
the sixth boro looks like this. Here Ava Jude pushes a Hughes barge past Ruth M. Reinauer wedded to RTC 102.
Eastern Welder fishes as Emma Miller services Asphalt Star.
Wolf River does hydrographic work while
Chesapeake Coast lighters Elixir, and just beyond
Amazon Brilliance belies her name.
Awaiting orders or favorable tide and each with a barge, it’s McAllister Sisters and McKinley Sea.
Here’s to hoping for fog to dissipate.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Taken Feb 4 by Bjoern Kils . . . the spearhead.
Taken this morning by bowsprite, the onslaught of frazil ice. Is that Amy C. McAllister pushing the Bouchard barge? Anyone guess the light tug in front of Ellis Island?
And taken yesterday by Allen Baker looking over the stern of Mediterranean Sea northward toward Albany, the state of the Hudson right now . . .
ditto all . . . here’s the view from the wheelhouse of Mediterranean Sea.
And as if by magic . . . some pics of the same unit by Allen from a remote vantage point . . . coming with
a sign of caution, unheeded
in this photo by Bob Dahringer of a coyote on ice up near Catskill. According to Bob, “Stephen Reinauer was following us upriver, they said the poor thing fell into the water when they went by him, but he got himself out.”
And finally . . . from Ashley Hutto and taken on Monday this week . . . the NSFW belle of winter in the sixth boro. . .
Thanks to Bjoern, bowsprite, Allen, Bob, and Ashley for these reports on the ice.
With Valentine’s Day only a dozen days away, how about a honey boat for your honey . . . and you?
Click on the image below to find details. Newtown Creek, the GUP carrier, really can be yours for a mere $235,000, unless someone takes the bid higher. Click here and here for some of my previously posted photos of NYC GUP carriers. And for the record, they do NOT take the honey out of the harbor to dump out at sea . . . not since 1991 at least. The photo of Newtown Creek above I took in October 2011.
Seriously, although you’d have considerable work and expense transforming the above skiff into a vehicle for romance, you would be starting from a vessel with exquisitely sweet lines. This smaller skiff or many of them then could serve as tenders.
I never thought there’d be a series starting here . .. but she did take most of the photos below, so here goes . . . Quantum of the Seas (hereinafter just Q) heading from Bayonne for sea but NOT before doing a doughnut in front of . . . Lower Manhattan.
Smaller tour boats scatter around the rotating Q.
As to the “more” referred to in the title . . . I took these the other day at the LIRR station near my snow cave . . . the day after Juno left NYC mostly alone. Rail movement creates so much more visual turbulence than water traffic.
Thanks to bowsprite for use of her photos.
Spirit of America . . . operates as an icon among icons.
I need to force myself to look hard to see the obvious differences between Spirit and S. I. Newhouse, and others.
Recently, though, Spirit has intruded into my photos more than any other one of the ferries.
Molinari . . .
John F. Kennedy and Spirit . . .
Either Newhouse or Barberi . . .
Positively identified as Newhouse.
And this is the old terminal, actually called Battery Maritime Building and unofficially the Governors Island ferry terminal today. And how’s the progress on its roof? What’s going on there? Read all about it here and here. Glass boxes seem currently in vogue in NYC.
Click on the image below to see Battery Maritime Building and more of the sixth boro almost a century ago.
For info on all the classes of Staten Island ferries, present and past, click here.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, except the nighttime photo by Seth Tane.
And finally . . . here’s a bowsprite image used in a marinelink.com article without credit! And by bowsprite’s report, she’s received no response from marine link.com when she’s contacted them about . . . crediting her art. Hmmmm… See her original published image from four years earlier here.
Here was the post I put up the day 343 arrived in the sixth boro, brand spanking new. And below was a photo I took a few cold days ago when it seemed to be on routine patrol.
Tony Acabono snapped the next two photos just before 0011 Saturday, and
Ashley Hutto got this one just after lunch. Note the NYMediaboat is on the scene.
Here were some photos I got a few years ago of a land’s edge fire in a place where today there is no land. Pier 17 is gone, for now.
Paperwork fueled the fire, it seems.
Thanks much to Tony and Ashley for these photos. I took the first photo, where you can see the now-renovated Pier A. To see some of the previous usages of this area, click here. Right near there is also the dramatic Merchant Mariners Memorial by Marisol Escobar.
Wow! It’s been quite a few years since I’ve used this title. The sixth boro has diverse conveyances for folks who want to get out on the water . . . from NYMediaBoat . . to CircleLine . . . with many options in between, too many to list here, although if you have a favorite way of getting out onto the water, please add a comment to the blog.
The red hulled vessel Louisiana-built vessel called The Manhattan (1970) now does tours in the sixth boro; it used to work out of Cape May taking folks to see whales.
But the Blount-built passenger vessel below certainly demonstrates the cosmopolitan nature of the sixth boro more clearly than most other vessels.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s still looking for your family photos that relate to the 1950s and 1960s Hudson River National Defense Reserve Fleet.