Sea History Magazine

“The subjects here are eloquent in their passion for the Harbor’s ‘corrugated and variegated beauty… With maritime industry in New York Harbor increasingly imperiled, and so-called ‘development’ increasingly sterile, New York Waters: Profiles From the Edge is a welcome plea for the unexpected.”
—Arden Scott, Sea History magazine

From Sea History Magazine by Arden Scott

“The subtitle of this book could have been ‘Profiles in Perseverance,’ as the subjects here persist in their maritime obsessions against ferocious odds. Some toil in familiar traditional marine work places: tugboats, dry docks, fish markets. But New York Harbor is a labyrinthine coastline, and many contribute in more peripheral endeavors: Olga Bloom and her much respected Barge Music, or David Sharps juggling for schoolchildren on the Lehigh Valley #79. Some, like the eelers of Jamaica Bay, are throwbacks to a by-gone era. Other ‘throwbacks,’ like the John J. Harvey, are being given a lease to the future by stalwart preservationists. Then there are the down-right eccentric, like the guerilla swimmer and the cabbie angler with his spark-plug sinkers.

The subjects here are eloquent in their passion for the Harbor’s ‘corrugated and variegated beauty—the personalities which you bumped into and things you could do and see.’ These qualities are amplified in the fine photographs which accompany the text—the beaming eeler on the cover is irresistible! With maritime industry in New York Harbor increasingly imperiled, and so-called ‘development’ increasingly sterile, New York Waters: Profiles From the Edge is a welcome plea for the unexpected.”

—Arden Scott, Sea History magazine, Winter 2007-8

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