A Day in New York

We have both spent a bit of time in New York and have seen some of the highlights, however we had not seen the 9/11 memorial and wanted to see it.

There are several choices for getting from your boat into the city, but very few are budget friendly. The marina that many loopers stay at is $7.50/ft per night for our size boat and more for larger boats. That would be $322 per night.

Granted, it is right across the river from Manhattan but that is still a bit rich for us.

What we did, instead, was take a high speed ferry from Atlantic Highlands, NJ where we were anchored. We took our dinghy into the dinghy dock and walked a block or so to the ferry dock. The ride was 45 minutes or so and we got off at Pier 11 right at the base of Wall Street.

The cost of this was not cheap, at $49 per person, but it was a good alternative to the expensive marina.

We have also heard of mooring balls in northern Manhattan on the Hudson that go for $40/night. We may try that the next time we go by, if there is a next time.

From the ferry terminal, we walked past a street vendor or two, seeing and smelling their wares. At about vendor three, we stopped and got a pretzel. 🥨 I mean…we are in New York, after all!

Then we walked up Wall Street past the stock exchange, a Trump building, and lots of security…boulders and blockades in the street…until we came to Trinity Church. It is a beautiful piece of history and peace in the midst of the chaos of the city.

We walked around the church and the churchyard, where notables, including Alexander Hamilton, are buried. It is a tourist attraction in its own right. They don’t charge admission, so I wonder if there are endowments to help keep it all up.

After a couple of wrong turns, we made it over to the memorial.

The last time we were here it was December 2002, a little over a year after the attack. the sites of the towers were big holes in the ground with construction fences around the fences were full of people’s pictures and mementos honoring those lost.

This time around, the holes in the ground were the memorial fountains, with the names of those lost engraved in the memorial.

While walking around, we had seen ads for a lunchtime food festival featuring lower Manhattan restaurants.

After a few more wrong turns we found the plaza where it was. We walked around the vendors deciding what each of us wanted.

Brenda got a french-dip sandwich that was super tasty and was on a nice soft roll from BossTweeds, and Lance had a potato flatbread with some sort of barbecued meat from Manhatta.

There was a nice seating area which we enjoyed. When we left, we turned a corner of the building and there were dozens more vendors.

After a quick free Staten Island Ferry trip out and back to kill some time, we boarded our high speed ferry back to Atlantic Highlands.

On the Staten Island ferry we looked out the window and saw our friends on Rock n Roll and Gypsea Girl approaching he Statue of Liberty.

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