Temperatures climbed again Tuesday, but the steady southerly winds which have been gracing us all of August this year have continued, providing some relief on the River. Commercial traffic was typical and light.
A hint of Autumn?
A beautiful cool and breezy morning gave way to a more typical summer afternoon, but for a while this morning it felt like fall might be creeping closer. Winds were out of the north, atypical for summer. River traffic was light and typical.
The annual New York City Triathalon was held Sunday, though the running and biking segments were cut in half due to the extreme heat. The swimming segment went off as planned, unlike last year when elevated bacteria caused that leg to be canceled. Swimmers entered the water off a dock at 81st Street and swam…
The Dog Days of Summer
Scorching heat prevailed Tuesday, with Monday’s storms having done little if anything to cool things down. Fortunately, decent 10+ knot winds out of the southwest provided some relief by the water. River traffic was generally familiar and typical, with one notable exception seen in the skies. The highlight of the day was to see a…
Tuesday saw a terrible accident on the river as a small boat carrying twelve people capsized and partially sunk. Ten people were rescued by ferries according to reports, but FDNY and NYPD divers had to retrieve two. Apparently, two were brought to the hospital in serious or critical condition. There was no word on what…
Monday brought rain and muggy conditions, keeping a damper on recreational activity. Commercial activity was light. Two ATBs belonging to Centerline Logistics Corporation were anchored in the river for a second day, with the Rhea Bouchard off 72nd Street and the Barry Silverton off Riverbank State Park. The Evelyn Cutler was anchored further up, north…
The Jet Ski Invasion
Saturday was the annual Jet Ski Invasion, where 100s of personal watercraft gather and make a circuit of Manhattan, very enjoyable to the riders and a big noisy nuisance to pretty much everyone else who traverses or follows the North River. The “invasion” rounded the Battery after 11am and proceeded north. The invasion was escorted…
Cool temperatures and cloudy skies prevailed on the second official day of summer, with rain arriving in the late afternoon. Observed commercial traffic was light but government owned boats were more prevalent.
A ducky Wednesday on the river
Another lovely day with winds dropping and the sun shining. Recreational boaters were out in force but commercial shipping was fairly light.
Then and now
Watching Margaret Moran assist the small Polar cruise ship Silver Cloud leave Pier 88 Tuesday evening reminded me of a photo I took in the mid-1980s of that same tug assisting the old QE2 leaving the same pier. I have posted this picture before in Back to the 80s but this is a good excuse…