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.