Thursday, June 16, 2005

Harlem River Reflections

On the day we went to Harlem River, it was cold and snowing. As we walked to the park we learned about the different types of rocks. In this area of Manhattan many buildings have Manhattan Schist under their foundation. I saw a huge boulder that has a perfect curve on its side.

Then we went to the park and studied more rocks. We saw some wild dogs playing around in the hills of Highbridge Park even though it was nasty weather. Some of the kids in my class were scared and I'll admit I was worried about those dogs too. As we walked we saw an elementary school, but there were no children in the yard. Maybe they took a trip to a part of the New York Harbor Estuary just like us. As Ann told us, the Harlem River is a source of learning that everbody needs to experience.

We met Jeff, a boat builder at the New York Restoration Project boat shop. He talked to us about what was going on during the time Harlem River was polluted and what we can do to fix it. I believe their organization not only wants to help the environment, but also wants to help kids stay out of trouble. They build boats and teach them the lanuage of the boats. They even use old wood from park benches to make the oars for the boats.

We also, for the first time, went to see a CSO (Combined Sewage Outfall). A CSO is a drain pipe that is located at most every water source in New York. All CSOs are connected to one big pipe and it goes to a sewage plant. Once the sewage plant is filled, the rest of the waste just is dumped in the New York Harbor Estuary and places like the Hudson River. We also saw a salt marsh, a wetland and other cool stuff. It was a fun day.

People in our class felt differently about this experince at the Harlem River. Some of the students thought it was very exciting, but did not like the weather. Raphael and Melinton thought this trip was great because they both learned alot about things they did not know. They said that they hope there will be even better Harbor trips in the future. The experience at the Harlem River was an amazing moment that we will never forget.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Harlem River Narrative

The Harlem River is a navigable straight, which means you are able to drive boats on it. It is called a straight because it has no source and no mouth. It is simply a body of water that connects two larger bodies of water. The straight is 8 miles long. The Harlem River seperates manhattan from the Bronx. The Harlem River connects the Hudson and East River making it a shipping shortcut to Long Island Sound.

Friday, May 27, 2005

More Information About the Harlem River Background

In the 1800s the Harlem River was dreged so that the larger boats could pass, and most of the reeds and cattails were cleared away. By 1900 no bare foot humans with bundles would attempt to cross the river. Also did you know the Harlem River was named after the city of Harlem in the Netherlands?

Harlem River Reflection

This picture is the Harlem River.I picked this picture because it show how it bring the communty together.Also it's a beautiful scene.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Harlem River Background

A Map of Harlem River

This is a map of Harlem River that we found on the internet.

Harlem River Background (Isamar and Melissa)

The Harlem River shares its name with the neighborhood of Harlem. The historic development of Harlem began with an Indian village on the banks of the Hudson River betweeen 110th and 125th Streets. In 1672 slaves built the first road from lower Manhattan to Harlem over an old Indian trail known today as Broadway. In 1865 there was a playground near the Harlem River called the Harlem Lane Playground. According to the 1910 cenus, the greater Harlem area extended from 110th to 155th Street between the Hudson and Harlem Rivers.

The New York Harbor has these wonderful rivers: the Bronx River, Harlem River, East River and Hudson River. The New York Harbor is an estuary, in which fresh water from the river empties out and mixes with the salt water, which is called brackish water. The New York Harbor has many things to explore about its background. I have many questions about the bodies of water listed above, including:

1. Are all the bodies of water connected to each other? Well, certianly I think they are because together they make up the estuary.

2. Where does all the water in the estuary come from? I know that salt water comes from the ocean into the estuary with the tides and fresh comes from Mount Marcy which is the source of the Hudson River.

3. Are all the bodies of water polluted with oil or other trash?
I do think that all the bodies of water are polluted with oil becuase of the industry we saw along the East River, Newtown Creek and the Bronx River. Also, we know that oil comes from cars, goes down the sewers and can go down to the CSOs (combined sewer overflows) and discharge into the estuary. The reason why all the bodies of water can be polluted with oil is becuase all the bodies of water are part of the estuary.

4. Does each New York Harbor body of water have a background to it like the Harlem River does?
Yes, I think all these bodies of water have a background to them because they all must have been named by someone who knew the place very well or for something that was in the area someone wanted to make history out of it.

5. Are there other places in the world that has a body of water like the New York Harbor?