Going out in the morning from the hotel, I took a piece of paper on which I wrote the places that I would like to visit that day. Of course, running through the city was not my aim, and it wasn't necessary to follow that list too strictly, but it's always useful to have some kind of plan to move around the city without chaos, but more or less a straight line, when possible.
The first item of the program scheduled for today was a mini-cruise on the East River, on one of the regular city water lines running along the river from southern Manhattan to the pier, which is located near the United Nations building. When I reached Lower Manhattan, I got on a small ferry that, after a few minutes, went up the East River.
Not far from the pier of the East River Ferry, there is an interesting museum about the Navy, where you can find several historic ships.
Several unique bridges spanned over the East River, and we went under them: here we are passing
, unlike anywhere else in the world, a huge number of interesting bridges of different ages, sizes, and designs is concentrated.
Behind the Williamsburg Bridge, to the left along the way, a large district is situated on the Manhattan shore - it is called northern Midtown. There are many large skyscrapers, business centers there, as well as the United Nations building.
We got off at the last stop, situated only a few hundred feet from the UN building. I'm sure everyone has seen this image on TV at least once, haven't you?
Here are all the flags:
At the entrance to the complex, idea-driven comrades strongly recommend us not to use weapons.
And here is the globe, eroded in some places by the wars:
Public tours are regularly held inside the UN building, but I decided to walk - why should I walk through boring halls on such a nice, summer day? And I also didn't want to waste time with checking in. We came back to the courtyard of the UN later, but first I wanted to walk to the next bridge over the East River, the Queensboro Bridge, as well as to the cable car that connects Manhattan with the small Roosevelt Island, located in the middle of the river.
The meeting of two dog walkers is always interesting. The people can gossip, and their pets can communicate and discuss the latest dog news.
Strictly speaking, the East River is not actually a river, but a navigation channel connecting Upper New York Bay and the strait of Long Island, adjacent to the Hudson and Harlem Rivers. The waters of the Hudson River, through the Harlem River, rush to the East River and that causes a constant, strong current here.
The Queensboro Bridge is the cantilever bridge over the East River, the construction of which was completed in 1909. The bridge connects Long Island City, in Queens, to Manhattan, passing over Roosevelt Island. Parallel to the bridge, an aerial passenger cable-way on high supports goes to Roosevelt Island. And I decided to ride it. We soared above the river and, moving parallel to the bridge, soon found ourselves on the island.