The city that never sleeps contains expansive waterways that have an awe-inspiring presence and history
Of the roughly 2,000 miles of coastline along the Eastern Seaboard, there is one short stretch like no other: New York City, the East River and New York Harbor.
Not only is New York the most populous city in the country — and one of the top destinations on the planet — it also has one of the best, busiest and most important harbors in the world.
Capt. Bill Brucato started out as a deckhand on his father’s tugboat almost 40 years ago and has been “licensed and steering” tugs for more than 30 years. He is based in New York Harbor, but ranges as far as Bucksport, Maine, and Norfolk, Va. He serves as master of the articulated tug barge Nicole L. Reinauer for Reinauer Transportation Co. in New York.Brucato shares some thoughts about how boaters should — and should not — transit the East River and Hell Gate.
Photos by Bob Grieser
Have you ever wanted to be a chicken necker — that is, try your hand at being a Chesapeake Bay crabber for a day, even if you’re without a boat, basket, crab net or trotline rig?Get thee to Charlie Schnaitman’s Wye Landing seafood compound, a family operation squirreled since the late 1940s near the head of the fabled Wye River off the Miles River on Maryland’s middle Eastern Shore. Here reside in elegant repose and growing fat the monster “Number One Jimmies” — males that can measure 8-plus inches across their hard shells.
The Miami River, known in times past as the Sweetwater River or Lemon River, is just 5-1/2 miles long, but it packs a lot into those few miles. Reputed to have been a lawless drug haven during the “Miami Vice” era of the 1980s, the river has since settled down while remaining very much an urban waterway that reflects a diverse population and a kaleidoscope of backdrops.
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