Fishes’ eye view of Manhattan

May 26, 2009 at 1:50 am Leave a comment

Most New Yorkers think you’d have to be nuts to jump into the Hudson River, but that didn’t stop nearly 200 intrepid swimmers from testing the dubious waters Saturday.

It was all part of the Great Hudson River Swim, a 1.3-mile race from Christopher St. to Battery Park in the 60-degree drink.

 “It’s a different way to see the city,” Columbia University swim coach Abby Brethauer, 29, said after she finished.

“You get views a lot of people are never going to see.”

The winner, Jeff Jotz, 39, of Rahway, N.J, made the trip in 27:17 minutes.

His 6-year-old, Patrick, greeted Jotz with a victory kiss, then blurted out, “Yuck.”

“Yeah, I taste like the Hudson,” his father replied.

Last July, a swimmer died during the New York Triathlon after an encounter with a jellyfish, but there were no problems this time.

“The Hudson is surprisingly clean,” said Kurt Schoknecht, 58, of the upper West Side.

 BY Richard Vanderford AND Oren Yani


Entry filed under: Get Wet, Manhattan, Natural Waterfront.

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