I was a kid, Joey-up-the-block said that his dad used to swim
in the Hudson when he was a kid. That sounded pretty crazy to
us, since the river smelled putrid when you got down close to
it in Riverside Park, and there were turds and condoms floating
on the oily surface. But Joey said his dad used to dive into
the water right there and swim across to New Jersey and back.
the rivers have improved considerably in recent years, there
were always diehard swimmers who got their shots and took the
dirty plunge into the waters around New York.