New York City is actually an archipelago of islands;
City Island, Manhattan, Governors, Roosevelt, Ellis,
Long Island, Hart and Staten Island all come to mind.
That also means a lot of water: 146 square miles of navigable water and 576 miles of waterfront to be exact.
And it’s the NYPD’s responsibility to secure it all.
The “Harbor Unit” was founded in 1858 with wooden rowboats,
but over the years has moved to steam and steel,
then gas and aluminum and finally diesel.
They patrol 24/7/365, even in the freezing dead of Winter.
Their responsibilities run the gamut from bridge fires, as in the pictures, to rescuing suicides and gathering aircrash victims from the water when Captain Sully landed US Air flight 1549 in the Hudson.
“Vinnie” Musetto, 40 year headline editor for the New York Post died Tuesday in the Bronx, at New York Calvary Hospital.
New York City in the 1980’s was a broken glass, graffiti’d hellhole, and Musetto had a knack for summing it all up in five words or less.
He was a real character prone to standing on top of his desk, blowing a bugle in the newsroom and wearing signature red Converse All Stars with a tuxedo to the Grammy’s.
But it was his April 15, 1983 stroke of genius
that will always be his legacy.
True story, a guy named Charles Dingle had been drinking in a strip club in Queens when he shot the owner to death, took a couple women hostage, raped one and forced another to cut off the owner’s head.
Ed Koch was Mayor and another real character--New York City was really something back then.