Unlimited Free Space:
Comprehensive Waterfront Plan
Transcripts - Dead bodies?
At the Dyckman Pier, BK and VJ go to the fried fish and chips
stand. ND approaches the small beach, where he meets the unnamed junkie
they briefly spoke with at the marina. It is only ND's guess that the man
is a junkie - this is based on the tracks on his arms and his non-stop,
unprompted monologue. Although the junkie answers no specific questions,
his comments on the waterfront aren't without a certain relevance.
All the toilet paper an shit be goin by and someone
throw somebody in first to splash all the shit open and then everybody'd jump
in an' swim across. Back in the early seventies an'shit - mid-seventies or
Yeah? You been livin' round here a long time?
Yeah. All my life over here. I seen a lot of
dead bodies in here, too.
After the winter. We seen a young kid one
time - grabbed him - tied a rope around his neck and we held him there -
every time boats were goin' by his head was hittin' the rocks. My
friend went in and tied the rope around him - fuckin held him there
til the police came. |
Then I seen a lady - a girl - a blond-haired woman - she mustn'ta
been in there that long. She was still preserved, ya know. We was
playin little league baseball. Then, all of a sudden this kid
says there was a body over there by the Columbia - where Columbia's
crew goes out. I don't know if you been by Columbia's -
Yeah, the crew boathouse there.
Yeah, it was over there.
||They have a little cove there.
Yeah. She somehow came around there with
the tide. That's where they found the body of a girl, a police
officer's wife over here. I don't know how she - he lived in City
Island. So, he musta - I don't know how the fuck - maybe he dumped
her off out there. She wound up all the way over here. They found
her body after a long time. He was in jail anyway for a couple
of different things. And then, he married another police officer.
He married a woman police officer there. She's got - he was in
the Bronx police station - and he ended up rapin' the girl.
He moved in with this police officer woman who had a daughter -
he raped her. He's in jail now - but, they never got him for
the murder of his wife. I couldn't believe that shit. He
was in bad shape. I don't know what was wrong with that fuckin'
guy. It's an old case now - maybe five years ago - four or five
years ago. There was no body so, they couldn't get him. He got
in trouble for takin' her money from her bank account.
Withdrawin' money from her account an' shit.
I think I heard that story.
A guy from City Island. Lanetti. Louis
Lanetti or whatever. Italian guy. Then, he ended up goin' out with
his partner - woman - and she - I don't know what happened with her -
I'm sure they got rid of her off the force. Guy was a sick man.
I see a duck over here now.
Yeah. And the blue claw crabs get big.
In the next month, you'll see some big. An' you got the soft shell
crabs on top of them - the other one - protectin the other one.
An' if you go along here at nighttime when the water - the salt
water marsh - over there, you got a marsh - when the water comes
all the way up, they're all against the wall there. All along -
you go along with a flashlight at nighttime, you'll see them.
They stand there. This guy comes around with a big old - this
guy he's got the crabbin nets out. I'm tellin ya, he's got
some so big, they don't even fit in the pickle bucket. Them
buckets there. There's some huge friggin' blue - Jersey blue crabs -
or whatever they call them. You see the soft shell ones? The double
heavies? Man! And he uses the softshell for bait and catches the
big stripers with them. He knows his stuff. And in November, he
uses chicken livers - and he catches the stripers that are like -
I'm talkin about up to here. Off the sewer. You know, where the
sewer used to run - the hot water it was like chum - all the
water dat was comin' outta the sewer there. Right by the baseball
field - the lower field there - right across from the Columbia
yard - right across from Columbia's -
Boathouse. There on the other side of the
baseball field - at nighttime I used to come out and watch him. Man,
he'd be out there with just a chicken liver with a piece of string
tied around it - like a piece of sock he tied on there - and float
that shit out - and they used to come up to the top and grab that -
and with no weight on there and his fishin' rod - once the sucker
took it right in the water. It was too big. He's sittin there and
he's got his fuckin' beers in his chair an' he's sittin' there and -
now he puts somethin' over it. But, you watch and them suckers - when
he pulls it, they snap on top of the water - striped bass. When they
hit - you see that tail jumpin'! Whoa! This is a big one. Every year -
every year he's over there. This guy he knows his shit real good.
He knows when to do it. On the outgoing tide he catches them. This
is in November and he's still catching 'em - in November. |
He caught one with the tag on it - and he got so drunk he lost the
fuckin' tag. He was runnin aroun' showin' everybody. You're s'posed
to measure the size o' the fish and then throw it back. Then, ya put
ya thing in the lottery or somethin'. And ya get from five dollas
to a thousand dollas. But he lost the tag. I knew he was gonna lose
that sucker. He was showin' it off too much. It was a little red
thing that spun around - I guess - in the water with the fish. It was
nice though. I remember that. I remember the fish he caught when he
Ya know, this guy caught a black fish over here. So, ya get different
kind of fish comin' by. There's a lotta different kinda fish. Tommy
cods - there're a lotta them. The striped bass are big suckers - in
the other side - not the Hudson. I'm sure there's bigger ones in
the Hudson. But that Harlem River there - they come through there -
they come close, real close, right next to the rocks, lookin' for
their - what happens is a lotta ya small killies - or whatever ya
wanna call em - they come in with the tide with the salt water marsh.
Ya see dem breakin' inna water all da time - schoolsa dem. Because
you can catch dem - a lotta dem - wit' bread - the killies. And
he uses dem as bait also - hooks dem on. He wouldn't really buy
worms. I don't know he don't use no sandworms or bloodworms ever -
like everyone else does. He has his own way of doin' it. And he
chums wit' dog food. He takes cans o' dog food an' chops 'em like
dat an he lets da stuff from em go down to da water.
So, you come down often to the waterfront?
Yeah, I come down here - he comes down
here, he's always down here. He's not on dis side. He's - like I said -
on the Innwood Park side. |
I never seen that duck there. Yeah. He looks like he's by himself.
He might be sick.
There was a girl over here. We had the big ducks - or whatever - in
the park over there where the green - like in the marsh area -
there's a lotta stuff growin' in there -
Yeah. An' she usedta help da ducks -
there's a lotta stuff in there - there's twigs an' ev'rythin'.
This girl - someone took the eggs that were hatched and they killed
the female duck - she ended up committin' suicide - she killed
herself. She left a note in the house an' she killed 'erself.
Right down by da rocks. She was walkin' in the water - thinkin'
that this plastic bag - that the duck was under the plastic bag gettin'
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ovin' too much there - maybe he got sick on somethin'. On the other
side, there's a lotta dem over dere.
People still go swimmin' in here an' stuff?
I don't see 'em swimmin' too much - not
really, not here. Not really. On the other side - the other beach area -
ya see em. A beach area like this over by the trestle - the drawbridge -
over down at the other end down there. Years ago - my mother and father
usedta swim in dere years and years ago. When it was nice - tell me
about it. But, not too many people swim in here now. We used to cut
school and all - a whole bunch of us - and go swimmin'. It was like
that. An' the water was cold still - we usedta go in there - it's
damn cold. This is not too clean here.
Not at all. I mean, ya could really see
the difference. |
[indicates the duck] He ain't gonna find nuttin' ta eat over here.
I'm gonna go up and join these guys for a bite.
Modified December 23, 1997