The East River
Erik Baard, Thomas Jackson, Richard Melnick
Arcadia Publishing, 2005 - History - 128 pages
The East River captures the history of New York's premier waterway. The river, a source of life for Native Americans, spawned communities from Brooklyn to Harlem. Its shipyards and docks projected American enterprise around the world. The waterfront, an industrial and commercial dynamo, forged a continent. The dreams of immigrants who arrived and lived on its banks created this nation. The river's strong currents guarded prisons and hospital quarantines while keeping secret legends of gold on its bottom. The sinews of a great city are knitted by more than a score of its tunnels and bridges. Today, a renaissance draws people to this river, the heart of New York.
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Early History to 1815
Living on the River
From Agriculture to Industry
Shipping and Shipbuilding
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