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Oi steve work less explore more!, and i mean now


Great site! Very informative. Keep up the good work.


Seriously, preserving the natural beauty of New York has to be a priority for our city government. You all should check out David Yassky's new plan to ensure a greener future for New York (he's running for NYC Comptroller). His plan seems pretty legit:


Great stuff here! I posted your RSS feed to AmericanaWorks (it's presently in the right column so it may take a while to load). Hope this helps. I know you can't do everything at once but the Lower Manhattan Dutch New York water way history is endlessly fascinating. All the boat slips and canals dug by the Dutch have been filled in but you can still see them with a little imagination. Slip names still adorn the streets (Old Slip, Coenties Slip, etc.) near Pier 11 where the NY Waterway roosts. Old Slip has the distinction of being the point of origin of the world's longest religious exodus. There's a a historical marker near the corner of Water Street and Old Slip as I recall.

Ann T. Hathaway

Dear Steve,
I have you on my blogroll, thanks for all this work. I am not in NYC, but I want you to know it is appreciated.

Ann T.

Dennis Bader

Dear Steve:

I just came across your work. I am familiar with some sites that I would like to discuss with you further that I did not see posted on your site. They are Coney Island Creek, marine Park/Gerritsen Creek and the Grist Mill at Ryder Pond in Gerritsen Creek, also their were grist mills and Jukes along the marshes of Spring Creek at one time, yes? I also think their were many old ferry terminals (such as one near Hallets Cove in Astoria) and on the Gravesend Bay shoreline at Coney Island Creek


I remember when I was younger about 40 years ago...I has=d a friend who lived in Rosedale queens and when the tide especially a lunar tide I would go to my friends house and watch his basement flood, much to the dismay of his dad. But as a kid , it was cool to see small fish coming up through the floor drain. But Now older I can see where that would not be good at all.....P.S. Im still trying to find that spring in Alley Pond Park....Its probably tidal related, making my search more difficult.


I read a book in the early 1980's. It was either about the Hudson River or the Croton Reservoir system. It spoke about a building in Manhattan that had a fountain (or something like that) that was part of an original stream that ran through Manhattan and the fountain still flowed many decades later. Does this sound familiar? I will continue to try to find out the name of the book and hopefully it identified the location. I'm thinking the book was was written in the 60's or 70's

Sean P. Fodera


The Scouting New York blog covered the building with the fountain. It is connected to the Minetta Brook, and it does still flow.

Seems fair to point you to it, since that post pointed me to this site (of which I must add, nice site, Steve. Looking forward to delving into this. There was a "lost" stream under a brownstone in which I lived in Brooklyn. I'll hope that you have info on it, but if I don't see it, I'll see what I can dig up for you.)



This is fascinating.

I've heard that there is another stream in the west village that runs under 8th avenue and that 302 West 12th street, built over it, has pumps in its sub-basement to prevent flooding.

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