The East River froze at least a dozen times between 1780 and 1888.
But, across the East River, of the many Brooklyn galleries and shops combining commerce and artistic endeavor, one stands out.
Traffic in and out of Manhattan is sluggish at best, with workers and shoppers only able to get across the East River by car.
All of the seven subway tunnels under the East River are or have been under water.
During the worst of Sandy, water covered the runway at LaGuardia Airport, located directly across the East River from the jail.
The third is the East River, so called because it runs east from the Manathans.
But before we part from the East River, we must briefly describe it.
On the mainland was a line of forts extending from the Hudson, first eastward, then southward, to the East River.
The windows, flooded with sunlight, overlooked the East River.
Early in the afternoon I had heard of the discovery of a dead body on an East River pier.