6. Strange Objects Have Been Uncovered in the East River

Over the years, the depths of the East River have been known to harbor a collection of unexpected finds, including a fleet of auto carcasses and a formica dinette. As part of its New York: A Portrait in Sound series, WNYC has published an entire episode focused on finds uncovered by professional diver Barney Sweeney, who braved the waters of New York Harbor in the 1950s and 60s. Throughout the length of his career, he’s come across washing machines, dead bodies, a murder weapon and even a diamond worth $25,000. You can find his testimony here.