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Surprise catch of the day! GSNY Splash News photo via the Huffington Post


An amateur fisherman got some catch last week when he reeled in a dogfish shark while fishing in the Hudson off Battery Park in Lower Manhattan as reported by the New York Post.

The dogfish shark was released back into the Hudson. Photo via


New York Post: A mini Jaws was captured in the Hudson River on Thursday by amateur fisherman Wu Zhen, who got a reel surprise when he pulled in the creature. The shark had only a brief moment in the sun at Battery Park before Zhen released him back into the river.

So city fishers, is this a thing? Have you seen any sharks in either the East or Husdon Rivers? Let us know in the comments.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

You know how when you use Google Maps Street View, things get a little screwy when you try maneuver right up to the shoreline? Yep, you hit the white wall of nothingness and have to head back inland for the familiar pano-images to return to your screen.

Well, thanks to Fireboat John J Harvey and the team of Google Street View engineers, that’s all about to get a whole lot better. [New Yorker Magazine]

Fireboat John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson


Recently, the fireboat folks were approached by Google about participating in the project. The challenge? Pano-photograph the Hudson River using a cool Google-y contraption called a Trekker, from the Upper Harbor to the Erie Canal and back.

The Google Trekker. Photo via Phoenix New Times


New Yorker Magazine: A Trekker is a portable photographic rig that looks like a long-necked robot with a dissected disco ball for a head. It contains two batteries, two hard drives, and fifteen cameras that point in fifteen directions, each shooting a photo every two and a half seconds. The overlapping images are spliced together into panoramas, which are then integrated into Google Maps.

Fireboat John J Harvey flying her colors. Photo via Xin Hua News


The maritime nerds on the John J. Harvey were affiliated with two nonprofits—the Hudson River Foundation and the S.S. Columbia Project—that aim to get New Yorkers thinking about the river in new ways. They’d agreed to provide the labor if Google would supply a Trekker and handle the post-production (making the panoramas look seamless, blurring all faces and license plates for privacy). “The Hudson is such an iconic New York thing,” Yick said. “Google employees can see it from the window of our New York office, and it once formed the backbone of the city’s commerce. It seemed like a natural fit.”

A Water Salute on the John J Harvey. Photo by John Skelson


Last Tuesday afternoon, as the John J. Harvey made its way back to Manhattan from upstate, I took a cab to Forty-first Street and Twelfth Avenue—as far west, within Manhattan, as Street View currently goes—and then walked further west, onto Pier 81. Reporters are rarely invited to see the Trekker in action; Google-watchers usually become aware of a special collection only after it is…

Read more about the fascinating project at New Yorker Magazine here…


by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, hat tip to Huntley Gill from Fireboat John J Harvey

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