I planned a whole slew of trips, and everything began as usual. I walked out of the hotel and hailed a taxi. It stopped in the southern part of Manhattan, and I went toward the ferry terminal. Actually, at first I planned to take a tour to the
, but in the end decided to use take the recommendation from Yugoslav taxi driver I met yesterday, to ride the ferry to Staten Island. The fact is that after September 11, due to security concerns, tours to the Statue of Liberty were suspended, and then, when they resumed a few years later, tourists had to go through such rigorous security checks and pat-downs that standing in line became longer than the tour itself. But there was an alternative - from the ferry terminal in Manhattan, a free ferry departs to Staten Island every 30 minutes, and its route runs close the island on which the Statue of Liberty stands, and you can see it in all its glory from the ship without unnecessary lines and security checks!
That is exactly what I did - we unmoored, and southern Manhattan was left behind.
And here is the Statue of Liberty!
In the foreground, you can see a tour boat, delivering visitors directly to the monument:
And Manhattan became farther and farther astern...
On the left, you can see the expanses of the Narrows strait, which is spanned by one of the world's largest suspension bridges:
And here is the Staten Island terminal - after 30 minute mini-cruise across the watery expanses of
I caught myself thinking, once again, that I would follow the logic of looking at big cities first "from the top", and then "from the side". I walked aimlessly, exploring the route using the map just to be sure, intuitively making my way toward the hanging Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. There are many parks and gardens on Staten Island, where it is very pleasant to walk on a hot day in July, and one of the most popular places on the island is the house of Alice Austen (1866-1952), one of the first American female photographers. Inside, you can find unique exhibitions that depict her life and work, and in the garden around the house you can have a pleasant walk on a hot summer day.
The Alice Austen House is located on the shore of the Narrows strait, which offers a beautiful view of Manhattan and the surrounding suburbs.
From here, it's very close to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
We continued on the route - we passed a little church and found ourselves at the gates of the fort, which is located at the narrowest point of the Narrows strait. It once used to guard the entrance to New York Harbor. Some military facilities are still situated there, however, despite this, the area is quite accessible to visitors.
In memory of the Vietnam War:
And here are old fortifications, on the walls of which I found a band of wild goats: