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This image of the lower Hudson River emptying into NY-NJ Harbor was taken from the Space Shuttle several years ago (photo credit – NASA). https://www.water-technology.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/12/4-new-york-from-space.jpg

NY Waterway is an alphabetical index of items in the “Categories” section.  See “Categories” for further descriptions.

Charts (NOAA) – Atlantic Charts and Atlantic Coast Booklet Charts

Coast Pilot (NOAA)

Climate Change

  • Impacts of Climate Change in New York
    • What happens when the climate changes?
      • Already Happening
        • Temperature
        • Precipitation
        • Sea-Level Rise
        • Natural Resources
      • Future Scenarios
        • Temperature
        • Precipitation
      • Sea-level Rise, Storm Surge, and Flooding
      • Climate Change and Health

Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/94702.html

  • Climate Change Program for the Hudson River Estuary
    • The primary climate risks identified for this region include increased frequency and severity of:
      • Flooding, which can impact our waterfront properties and infrastructure
      • Heat waves, which can impact human health and agriculture
      • Short-term drought, which can impact our food and water supply

Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation  http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/39786.html

  • Climate Change Impacts in New York
    • A summary of the threats that climate change poses to the people, businesses and ecosystems of New York
      • What New York Can Expect:
        • Estimated minimum of 5° F increase in temperature by 2100
        • Damage to coastal habitat, property and infrastructure due to sea level rise
        • Declining drinking water quality and  quantity
        • Increased costs to dairy and agricultural farming
        • Declining freshwater and saltwater fish populations
        • Further degradation in air quality leading to exacerbated unhealthy conditions

Source: The Nature Conservancy, Global Climate Change


  • Rising Waters – Helping Hudson River Communities Adapt to Climate Change Scenario Planning 2010 – 2030 Final Report
    • Executive Summary  –  Climate Change is already evident in the Hudson Valley — and is predicted to accelerate in the coming years.  There is no point trying to sugar-coat it. Most climate scientists  expect climate in the Hudson Valley to change dramatically over the course of the coming century. The Rising Waters project aims to strengthen the preparedness and adaptive capacity of the Hudson River Estuary Watershed (HREW) to meet the impacts of future climate change.  To help people think about the expected local impacts of climate change — and how the Hudson Valley might prepare for them, the Rising Waters project used scenario planning methodologies, first developed at Royal Dutch Shell. Creating scenarios educates participants on important aspects of complicated problems and helps to build a shared conceptual framework for dialogue leading to potential solutions. Scenarios build adaptive capacity because they build shared group understanding.

Source:  The Nature Conservancy, Eastern New York Chapter


Icebreaking Operations



Marine Life

Marine life of New York Harbor.

New Jersey State Police Boating Safety Manual


The New York City Downtown Boathouse (Kayaking)

The Downtown Boathouse is an all volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free access to the harbor in New York City through public kayaking programs.


New York Cruise Ship Schedule



New York Harbor


North River (Hudson River)


New York/New Jersey Harbor PORTS


Safe Boating in the Hudson River and New York Bay



Safe Boating Council’s Safe Boating Campaign


Sandy Hook Pilots Association


Tides and Currents

USCG – New York (Homeport)

Upper New York Bay, POV Maersk Container Ship, Newark, NJ bound


USCG – Notice to Local Mariners, District 5


Vessels in Port

Water Quality

  • New Jersey State Department Of Environmental Protection (“DEP”)
    • The NJ State Department of Environmental Protection has an interactive map on its website showing the location of combined sewer overflows to alert kayakers and others about areas to avoid after storms. The map is at http://arcg.is/1OydnSC.
  • NYC Department Of Environmental Protection (“DEP”)
  • Riverkeeper, New York’s Clean Water Advocate
    • Riverkeeper conducts a water quality study aboard the Riverkeeper patrol boat. The primary goal of this ongoing project is to characterize and report on the highly variable conditions of the Hudson River Estuary through testing for sewage indicating microorganisms, oxygen and turbidity levels, and other indicators of water quality.

Waterway Access/Activity Sites

  • The New York City Downtown Boathouse (Kayaking)
    • The Downtown Boathouse is an all volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free access to the harbor in New York City through public kayaking programs.  Our mission is to encourage safe public use of harbor waters of New York City and thereby provide residents of this space-constrained city with increased recreational opportunities.  We support our operations exclusively through volunteers and with your public donations.

Pier 26 – http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140319/tribeca/downtown-boathouse-bringing-free-kayaking-back-pier-26

Pier 40 – http://www.downtownboathouse.org/Pier40.html (see Pier 26)

Pier 96 – http://www.downtownboathouse.org/Pier96.html

72nd Street – http://www.downtownboathouse.org/72nd.html



Webcams around New York Harbor

  • Ellis Island
  • NY Harbor Webcam Amazing Views from the New York Harbor House Bed & Breakfast, Staten Island, New York
  • NY Harbor from the Statue of Liberty
  • NY Harbor from Statue of Liberty (panorama)
  • Port New York (from the Chart House Restaurant, Weehawken, New Jersey)
  • Statue of Liberty from Brooklyn
  • USS Intrepid
  • World Trade Center and NY Harbor from New Jersey

Wind Readings

Posted February 12, 2011 by David Polakoff

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