A Tribute—The East River.



Yes, NYC has another river as historic and as rich as the Hudson on it’s west side.

THE EAST RIVER is host to some of the most structurally diverse and romantic bridges as any including—The Queensborough, The Williamsburgh (The Willie B), The Manhattan and of course The Brooklyn Bridge. For some years NYC has been rediscovering that it is truly an island and has been enriching its shorelines with many different sites, including neighborhood parks which people can enjoy, with lush foliage, water fountains, coastal walk-ways, promenades. And there are dayline cruises, ferries, restaurants and all sorts of coastal enhancements. All is still in progress, including the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, which in its present state, is a real gem. And when it is finished will be as popular an attraction as any that NYC has to offer. It is in this area in 1776, that the Battle of Brooklyn (also known as the Battle of Long Island) was fought and where General Washington was able to elude the capture of his army by the British.

The East River is rich in history, from the earliest inhabitants, the native Americans, who were respectful caretakers of the land, to the earliest European settlers. It was home to the world renown Brooklyn Navy Yard, (sorry to say no longer there), and was one of the waterways that hosted a dramatic sea chase in James Fenimore Cooper’s great novel, “The Water Witch”. It played an important role in the War of 1812, and it was also the site where the Civil War naval Iron-Clad warship the Monitor was launched in 1862. It was where the earliest settlers of the area came from Brooklyn to Manhattan to sell their farm produce. Now, honoring it’s memory, it is the home to a wonderful farm-market, The New Amsterdam Farm Market, where people come from, not only Brooklyn, but Long Island, Upstate NY, Vermont, Maine, MA, RI, NJ, PA, and FL, to sell all kinds of wonderful things.

Sadly, the East River is not home to as many varrried wildlife as when the Native Americans were there, however along with the sea gulls and comorants, it is still full of surprises—like the Redtail Hawk.

It was and is home to many industrial sites, which in their way add to the visual wonder of the River, as well as a dramatic New York Skyline. The East River is surely one of the treasures of, not only NY, but of our nation.

To see more of the East River visit www.harveyspears.com (Galleries-New York-The East River); and to get a rich and historical sense of New York City as a whole go to Aesthetic Realism looks at Beauty of NYC

The Williamsburg Bridge from the Brooklyn shore

The Williamsburg Bridge from the Brooklyn shore


5 Responses to “A Tribute—The East River.”

  1. Great tribute to the East River! The Red-tailed Hawk approves! I learned a lot too. Thank you!

  2. Great photographs, Harvey! Makes me miss NYC. Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes, Steve

  3. Paul Gregg Says:

    Could that one be a descendant of the famous “Pale Male” that was the red-tailed hawk that lived in Manhattan? I’ve wondered what happened to Pale Male since I read the book a few years ago.

  4. Josephine Says:

    Outstanding Harvey!

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