NEW YORK: Tales of the Gotham Hoods

Engineer Dennis J. Walsh of the firm of Sanderson & Porter reported last week on a recent survey of ports and shipping. New York has lost coastwise trade since World War II, and has barely held its own in foreign trade with 53% of the nation's total of cargoes. Baltimore, on the other hand, has advanced from 10% to 15%, New Orleans from 13% to 17%.

The New York waterfront—like the hills of Tennessee and the old West—is best understood through its folk tales. They are extremely hard to collect. They are sung...

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