The East River

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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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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Natural Features
9
Early History to 1815
23
Living on the River
37
4 Transportation
49
From Agriculture to Industry
63
Shipping and Shipbuilding
77
Institutions
91
Recreation
101
Perspectives
117
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About the author (2005)

The Greater Astoria Historical Society is known throughout New York for its vigorous efforts in community preservation, imaginative programming, and numerous articles on local history. Erik Baard, an award-winning freelance writer and founder of the LIC Boathouse, joins trustees Thomas Jackson and Richard Melnick to create this defining book about the East River.

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