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Pamlico, you must be a youngster, or come from a very far away place. The fact is, NYC HAS CLEANED UP ITS WATERS. In fact, they have been cleaned up so well in the past 40 years or so, that we now have major problems with teredo or similar infestations that have destroyed many wooden pier pilings. Parts of the East Side Drive had to be re-piled, Hudson piers have needed major repairs...and walking on the water has become much harder than it used to be.
Are there still problems, sure. The runoff from storms still cascades into the sewage system and overflows things, and the whole Hudson washes things down, but they are still working on improving things. There are triathalons and swims encircling Manhattan Island, and even the folks who haven't gotten shots have survived.
Don't knock that mud, it is the only thing that keeps some of the oldtimers at 79th street from sinking! (sigh)