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I've seen everything including pieces of houses coming down the Hudson after floods and rains, but never a phone pole in the East River. Not to say that there aren't any, deadheads are everywhere but they're not a special problem here.
Anyplace where ships have been anchoring and piers collapsing and people dumping debris in the water for 400 years, you can foul an anchor. Typically any cove or spot inside the bulkhead line is fouled, and marked as such on the charts.
The bigggest problem coming up the East River and through the HG with the flood, is that if you have an engine failure you will lose steerage, and sailing can be quite a handful in the odd winds that bounce off the buildings, and the square standing waves that pop up in the East River itself.
A good engine, a fast hand, a little situational awareness...and there's nothing to worry about, you can enjoy the scenery.