During my visit to the Waterfront Museum a few weeks ago, David Sharps and I chatted about a range of things, but of course the topic of New York (City mainly, but Erie Canal, too) history was a biggie. I mentioned that I was reading Up in the Old Hotel and he immediately pointed out a painting of shad fisher’s barges in Edgewater, NJ as mentioned by Joseph Mitchell.
I haven’t been devouring books as quickly as I once did; I blame media hyper-saturation – just too much to absorb – but last night, in Mitchell’s The Rivermen chapter, I finally encountered the old barges.
I’m thinking rivers may be the most interesting form of water. Bold statement, I know. I need to ponder it.
[Side note: I can’t see Edgewater without thinking of the hotel in Seattle.]