Free parking and a seaplane
The run of great weather comes to an end Tuesday evening as storms move in, with winds gusting above 20 MPH by the end of the day. Commercial traffic was light, with just some of the usual locals observed. However, the approach of summer brought some seasonal activity, including an infrequent cruise ship visitor, a…
What’s up with Pier 98?
The tangle of pipes and conduits on Pier 98 at the end of 58th Street has long intrigued me. The pier is a fuel dock for the nearby 59th Street steam plant but the machinery on the dock seems elaborate for that purpose alone. I looked into it for the West Side Rag and learned…
Thursday brought beautiful conditions with light winds and sunny skies. The Port Richmond was servicing the North River sewage plant, and brought sludge to the Passaic Valley Water Authority plant in Newark, which receives a small portion of the DEP’s sludge for dewatering under contract.
Back to the 1960s — fireboat special
UPDATE 2: This post has been updated with better resolution photos made from the original negatives, and with some additional photos included. UPDATE 1: This post has been updated to reflect correct date of the older photos is 1965 rather than 1964 as originally posted. A rainy Monday is a good excuse for a trip…
Friday is for the birds
Brisk northwest winds continued for a third day and kept recreational boaters at bay, but the birds were out in force. A bald eagle flew over Pier i in the morning, pursued by crows. Meanwhile, back on the ground, the first of the spring goslings emerged in Riverside Park, perhaps a tempting snack for the…
Back to the river
Clearing skies and warmer temperatures saw activity on the river continue to pick up. The knot of tugs anchored in the river broke up, with only Stephen Reinauer remaining. What looked to me like a juvenile bald eagle passed over Pier i in the early hours, being harassed by a crow. The eagle was followed…
A low pressure system has camped out over New York, sucking in moisture and rain for a second day. There was a bit of northbound traffic worth noting in the morning. The Janice Ann Reinauer came through with a loaded barge from Bayonne heading to Newburgh. Captain Dann came through pulling a large Weeks Marine…
Winter takes another bite
Sub-freezing temperatures and winds whipping out of the northwest made for unpleasant conditions to start the week and activity on the river remained light. City workers and city contractors were busy hauling away weekend detritus, as the DEP’s Red Hook hauled sludge away from the North River plant to Hunts Point for dewatering and Donjon…
Kristy Ann and Ruth Reinauer end the week at the anchorages in the North River, with the Dean Reinauer also sitting north of the bridge. But the Coast Guard icebreaker Sturgeon Bay, which anchored Thursday night off 72nd Street, got underway at daybreak, travelled up the river to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, and now has returned…
Most of the tugs that were anchored with barges in the North River on Friday had left us by Saturday morning. The Mako headed down to the bay, Morgan Reinauer headed back to base on Staten Island. St. Emilion headed down to Cateret on Friday, took on a new cargo and was heading back to…