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10 crazy things discovered in the New York Harbor

From dead giraffes, freight trains and robot parts, you won’t believe some of these odd objects found in the harbor

By Will Gleason

After setting sail on one of New York's best boat parties this summer, you'll probably be looking for some topical top deck conversation starters. Impress your mates out on the big drink this summer with these astonishing facts about New York’s waterways.

1. In 1865, a freight train carrying baggage failed to stop at the Peekskill drawbridge and remains at the bottom of the Hudson River.

2. The Army Corp of Engineers once dredged up a giraffe skeleton in Lower New York Bay.

3. 1600 silver bars from a 1903 shipwreck are located somewhere in Arthur Kill.

4. From 1850 to 1930, the carcasses of hundreds of dead horses washed ashore at an area of Barren Island now known as Dead Horse Bay.

5. A robotic hand once washed ashore on Great Kills Park beach.

6. Divers once came across an old dining table standing completely upright at the bottom of the East River.

7. A homemade submarine is stuck at the bottom of Coney Island creek.

8. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation dumped a fleet of Good Humor ice cream trucks off a barge near Atlantic Beach to create an artificial reef.

9. The Dreamland Bell that was located at the edge of the amusement park pier in Coney Island was dredged from the surrounding waters in 2009.

10. A grand piano was once found in Lower New York Bay.

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