The Ferry Kingdom: Commuting on the East River 

Starting June 13th, New York Waterway will begin daily commuter ferry service between Midtown and the Financial District, with stops in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and DUMBO. The ferries will run every 20 minutes, and fares will run four dollars. Just watch out for pirates.

The Wreck of the General Slocum
More than a thousand ferry passengers died when the General Slocum went down in 1904.

Kramer Goes for a Swim
Remember that Seinfeld episode where Kramer swam in the East River for exercise? Yeah, don't do that.

Sadie the Goat
Notorious lady river-pirate Sadie Farrell led raids in the 1870s on riverfront farms along the East River; she was nicknamed "The Goat" because of her tendency to headbutt her victims.

Newtown Creek Oil Spill
One of the most polluted waterways in American history, the Newtown Creek was finally made a Superfund site in 2010—but there's a long way to go.

Dolphins in the Newtown
But amazingly, despite the Newtown being half oil, half water, a dolphin was spotted last year cavorting in Greenpoint.

Captain Kidd Wuz Here
Seriously, the notorious pirate used to dock at Jean Mesurolle's farm, where Grand Street meets the river.

Terrifying Monster Found Under Brooklyn Bridge
Well, actually, it was an Atlantic sturgeon, but at seven feet of ugliness, we can understand the appellation "monster."


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