The East River just got a little grosser: A tugboat tugging a barge hit rocks last night - and the barge was carrying 4 million gallons of home-heating oil. That's about $6 million worth of oil, but it's unclear actually how much was spilled. Authorities are investigating the incident, but the tugboat operator denies alcohol was involved.

The Post thinks the area where the spill happened (just north of Roosevelt Island) is appropriately named the Hell Gate waters, which made Gothamist wonder why it's called Hell Gate. Did it seem hellish to go to Queens? Wired New York and Forgotten-NY on Hell Gate Bridge. And Gothamist on the East River.