The heat wave broke somewhat on Wednesday, with temperatures dropping down into the 80s, though winds also dropped off. Traffic was fairly light. The Saint Emilion arrived from Albany with an empty tanker overnight and dropped anchor off 96th Street. She was joined later by Kristin Poling, arriving with a light barge after a delivery in New Haven and then heading back to the Arthur Kill in the afternoon. The Dean Reinauer came through pushing a loaded barge down from Albany and signaling Portland, Maine. Usually loaded barges move north on the River, but we saw a similar move heading for Boston last month, and these could be ethanol cargos transported to Albany by rail and then on to New England by barge.
The super yacht Neninka remained anchored off 72nd Street in the morning for a third day. Later in the morning, her tender brought a passenger to the Boat Basin Marina. Did no one tell them it is closed? With no way to disembark there, the passenger returned to the yacht and the yacht subsequently weighed anchor to cruise up and down the river for the rest of the morning.