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As a resident of NYC I am glad to hear that you had a good time on your cruise and overnights in the city. You picked a good time to come as the July 4th fireworks are pretty special - I hate to think of how much the show costs but with millions of people to entertain the budget is pretty large. Since I have lived in NYC since my 20's I am a bit blah-zay about fireworks as they seem to shoot them off for any occasion.
I have also traversed Manhattan a few times and have remarked on the number of huge timbers, pilings, tree trunks that seem to be waiting for their moment of fame while holing some cruiser. I am glad to hear that they do some collecting of flotsam but the stuff in the water by your boat is inevitable as the river meets the sea. I keep my 27' sailboat moored about 1/4 mile from shore at Nyack on the Hudson (about 25 nm north of the Battery) and we have had what could only be described as tree trunks hitting our boat in the river.
The sad thing about the Lectra-San is that when we had the northeast regional blackout a few years back they dumped millions of gallons of raw sewage right into the river at 125th street. I know this because my wife and I took a curtailed walk along the river that day in the heat and the smell convinced us to leave.
I have been in the Hudson to swim and to clean my prop from barnacles at Nyack. The water is not really clear and we need more oysters and filter feeders to help clean the silt out of the water. The underwater visibility there was about 1 foot. I guess the same can be said of the Chesapeake estuary since the oyster population has been decimated there as well.
A personal observation on Liberty Landing Marina is that there used to be (and probably still is) a bar right across the creek that would blast loud music well into the night that made that location less than ideal IMHO. I was there on 2 separate weekends and the noise lasted well past midnight. The views from there and the convenience factor are nice though it is not cheap. 79th street sounds like a decent place to stay.
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