A lot of credit to the pilot for maintaining a wings level landing in water...the slightest tip would have sent the plane cartwheeling and a much worse scenario. Think about the luck...or if you prefer the higher intervention that put the plane over the water instead of over the city during its last few seconds of flight.
TO the best of my knowlede there are no great wide open spaces in that area to set a plane down.
Much more horrific results had they not been over the Hudson!
Whew!!! Pucker factor must have been way up on this one! Congrats to the pilot and crew...and the New York rescue units and civilian tugs, ferries, etc that ended this one on an incredible note!