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.
Author Bio: 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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