New York - East River Live cam

Panoramic view over the East River in New York

Witness the dynamic heartbeat of the Big Apple with this New York live webcam capturing the iconic East River.

The East River is a narrow body of water connecting two parts of the ocean, the NY Harbor and the Long Island Sound, and flows right through the heart of New York City. Since it actually doesn’t have any fresh water, only salty, the correct term for it is “tidal strait.” But sailors have used the word “river” for hundreds of years, so common custom won out. The rivers and straits around NYC are part of a larger area called an estuary. An estuary is where river waters meet the sea. The changing tides meet the water flowing out to the ocean and this leads to a great deal of mixing. While inland rivers travel in only one direction, the East River’s current changes with the time of day.

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