Gerard Koeppel: Rock the boat & believe in ferries

The Brooklyn Bridge was a disaster. At first, for East River ferrymen.

The rivers, once thick with ferries, lighters, barges and other working boats, are largely abandoned, the memory of their use practically forgotten. “Mannahatta,” Walt Whitman exulted, “the place encircled by many swift tides and sparkling waters.” Alas, we hardly know them, as we access the island mainly on high bridges and inside buried tunnels.

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