New York, New York! How exciting today was. Until a few years ago, we would have never imagined that we would be piloting our own cruiser into New York Harbor and up the Hudson River. I certainly believe that if you keep a goal in your dreams, it will come true.
We left Sandy Hook, crossed the Lower Bay and under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, moved up the Upper Bay, and got our first views of the emerging NY skyline. The island ferries are active and fast, and they come up and pass you rapidly. On a weekend, NY Harbor is reported to be extremely busy, but today we had the harbor largely to ourselves. While there is tight security, we were able to bring Great Laker up within 150 yards of the Statue of Liberty, and we took many pictures of each of us with this grand lady. We passed Ellis Island and entered Liberty Landing Marina, which is across the Hudson from the Trade Center. After docking, we discovered we had views of both the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty!
|The Verrazano Narrows Bridge and Fort McHenry|
|Fast ferry passing on our starboard|
|Manhattan Island coming into view|
|The Statue of Liberty|
|Manhattan skyline with the Freedom Tower|
|9/11 Memorial pool|
|Times Square and Broadway|