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Miscellaneous includes links to one-off and recurring events on/around the Hudson River, as well as other random links to other Hudson River related phenomenon.


  • BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience
    • Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc. BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. See http://www.road2resilience.org to become a part of the campaign to build a more resilient world. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank (www.arsht.com)


  • Blue York
    • The waters around New York are more alive and vibrant than many realize. With Blue York, we at the Wildlife Conservation Society are looking to raise awareness of this underappreciated Big Apple neighborhood and the threats its residents face. Along the way, our experts at the New York Aquarium and in the field will teach us all kinds of cool things about the diverse array of wildlife right in the city’s backyard.
    • https://blueyork.org



  • 8 Bridges/Hudson River Swim
    • From the peaceful Catskills to the dramatic Narrows, intrepid swimmers will cover more than half of the Hudson River’s great stream, from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Hudson down to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — the entrance to the New York Harbor.   For one week, each day’s marathon swim will begin just north of one bridge and end on the south side of the next, covering distances ranging from 13.2 miles to 19.8 miles.
    • https://www.8bridges.org


  • Fleet Week
    • Thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships will be in Manhattan for Fleet Week New York, May 23 – May 30 (2012). Hosted nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the City’s celebration of the sea services. This annual event also provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness first hand the latest capabilities of today’s Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Team.Fleet Week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays throughout the week, as well as public visitation of many of the participating ships.


  • Harbor Scorecard
    • New York is surrounded by water, a reminder that we live among nature and share the risks of global climate change. Our rivers, bays, canals, and inlets are interconnected, flowing in and out with the tide—but how connected are we to them?The Waterfront Alliance has produced a waterfront scorecard measuring waterfront access, water quality, and coastal flood risk, to find out:    How safe are you from a major storm?    How healthy is the water near you?    Can you get to and on the water?
    • http://waterfrontalliance.org/what-we-do/harbor-scorecard



  • Hudson River Steamboat Association
    • The Hudson River Steamboat Association was a cartel that operated passenger steamboats on the Hudson River in the U.S. state of New York from 1832 to 1843. It successfully monopolized passenger steamboat traffic on the river between New York City and Albany, New York, and enriched its members through the charging of monopoly prices. The cartel was challenged in 1834 by Cornelius Vanderbilt and by Daniel Drew in 1835; the cartel bribed Vanderbilt to leave the steamboat business, and bribed Drew to join the cartel.


  •  ManhattanHenge
    • Twice a year, when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid.



  • The Mannahatta Project
    • Overview – the Welikia Project

      Ever wondered what New York looked like before it was a city?  Welcome to Welikia, 1609.

      After a decade of research (1999 – 2009), the Mannahatta Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society un-covered the original ecology of Manhattan, one of New York City’s five boroughs.  The Welikia Project (2010 – 2013) goes beyond Mannahatta to encompass the entire city, discover its original ecology and compare it what we have today.  Welikia (pronounced “way-LEE-kee-uh”) means “my good home” in Lenape, the Native American language of the New York City region at the time of first contact with Europeans. The Welikia Project embraces the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the waters in-between, while still serving up all we have learned about Mannahatta.  Welikia provides the basis for all the people of New York to appreciate, conserve and re-invigorate the natural heritage of their city not matter which borough they live in.

    • The Mannahatta Project What did New York look like before we arrived?
    • https://welikia.org/m-map.php


  • Muhheakantuck (“river that flows two ways”)
    • The river was called Ca-ho-ha-ta-te-a (“the river”) by the Iroquois, and it was known as Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk (“river that flows two ways”) by the Mohican tribe who formerly inhabited both banks of the lower portion of the river. The Delaware Tribe of Indians (Bartlesville, Oklahoma) considers the closely related Mohicans to be a part of the Lenape people, and so the Lenape also claim the Hudson as part of their ancestral territory, naming the river Muhheakantuck (“river that flows two ways”).


  • New Netherland Institute
    • For a quarter century NNI has helped cast light on America’s Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands.



  • Red Hook WaterStories
    • Welcome to 400+ years of Red Hook history!  Here are many forgotten stories from our evocative neighborhood, and NYC’s maritime story in microcosm.  Explore:
      • A digital museum about our waterfront past and present
      • Red Hook retail, arts, non-profits, schools, recreation
      • Resiliency and flood prep info

      It’s a resource for locals, tourists, history buffs, urban-planners, educators, investors, flaneurs. Explore via menus, the search window or the interactive map. On the map, click the colored, numbered dots to zoom in to multiple items in that location. Then click on a pin to explore that item. Anchor icons mean sites of major importance.




Posted February 13, 2011 by David Polakoff

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