Breaking the Ice on the Hudson

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The Hudson River is no longer the commercial highway it once was but it’s still an important route for New York's economy. To keep the river open for business in the freezing winter months, the Coast Guard runs its cutter boats up and down the river, opening a navigable track through the ice. The Innovation Trail’s Jenna Flanagan joined one Coast Guard vessel to see how it’s done.

Jenna Flanagan on a Coast Guard cutter

Innovation Trail Reporter, and former WNYC News Producer, Jenna Flanagan aboard a Coast Guard cutter on the Hudson.

Click on the audio player to hear Jenna's story.

Click here to see a slideshow.