Cruising

Manhattan Bike Ride

After our first trip over to New York City from Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ we decided that our bicycles were an option to transportation in New York. So, on our second sortie onto Manhattan Island we brought our bikes along. There are plenty of bike paths around the city and like the streets the bike paths are packed with people.

We first headed just a short ride to the 9/11 Memorial. Again we were amazed at the different ethnic backgrounds touring the site. Tour guides with different color flags brought groups of people to the edge of the memorial and explained the sight in every imaginable dialect.

 

We headed up the island along the outer bike path then moved toward the center. After some maneuvering on shared paths, shared with taxis and buses, we looked up and found ourselves in Time Square.

With my trusty bike path map in hand we angled for the Empire State Building passing Harold Square and arriving onto 5th Avenue. We were given great advice from a bicycle messenger. “You’re best bet is to take 5th Avenue straight, rather than work your way back to the shoreline.” It worked, another exciting bike ride, but now we are pros. Ha!

We traveled through Greenwich Village on our way back to the ferry landing. Plus had a chance to stop for “a slice”along the way.

 

Day two of our bicycle adventure had us heading for the Brooklyn Bridge.  The bike path took us along the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge and making a circle through China Town and Federal Square.

A great sunny day had us witness to many marriages happening at the court-house in Federal Square. We felt like we were part of the weddings, lots of smiles.

We made our way up onto the Brooklyn Bridge and again the crowds astounded and confused us. Going halfway up the bridge it was decided that was far enough. Now a coast back down off the bridge and bring out the trusty, although getting very wrinkled, bike path map. We were offered help from a New Yorker and left with these fine words. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We New Yorker’s aren’t as bad as they say.”

We made it back to Bright Angel safe and sound. Another exciting day in New York City.

more to come.

 

 

 

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Cruising

Ellis and Liberty Islands

We had arrived. New York City. Now what? Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, NJ is just across the Hudson River from Manhattan and blocks from the 9/11 Memorial.

Ali, our dockhand, was very helpful. Not only helping us get into the dock on a windy day, but with plenty of advice for first time city visitors. Ali educated us to the best prices on the ferry across the river to New York and what to watch out for in Time Square. “If Spiderman approaches you wave him away, he wants money.” We didn’t see Spiderman but Elmo tried to get a picture with me.

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On a blustery day we headed for Ellis Island and Liberty Island to get close up with the Statue.

We arrived on Ellis Island and Cynthia’s first comment was “It’s too peoply”. It was crowded and we were not used to crowds. But being a Monday and weather not really the most ideal the crowds were not as they could have been. Imagine what the immigrant people felt like with groups of about 4000 at a time moving into the “great hall”. On our visiting day the population of tourists was at least half that size. It left its impression on me.

Once onto Liberty Island we did the self-guided walking tour around the Statue. Along with hundreds of others we walked around the base of the statue listening to our tour on headsets. We were impressed by the multitude of nationalities and languages all there for the purpose of seeing this great statue. What it means for everyone is different, but the same. In the front of the statue we took pause to just look around at all the people and listen to the various dialects.IMG_1503

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Being from a small mid-western town I was impressed. We returned to Liberty Landing Marina tired from our adventure and looking forward to what would come next.

More to come.

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