Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

Yesterday, I posted a photograph of the Statue of Liberty, taken on a trip to Liberty Island. This photograph was taken earlier, as we sailed into New York, after crossing the Atlantic.

You have no idea how excited we were!
This was our first visit to the U.S.A!
We were given an alert by the captain, to awake and get to the decks, if we wished to take photographs of the the city, just as the sun was rising!

There was the Statue of Liberty and, even better, the Staten Island Ferry was just sailing into view!

The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry route operated by the New York City Department of Transportation. The ferry's single route runs 5.2 miles (8.4 km) through New York Harbour between the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island, with ferry boats making the trip in approximately 25 minutes. The ferry operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with boats leaving every 15 to 20 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes at other times. It is the only direct mass-transit connection between the two boroughs.

Historically, the Staten Island Ferry has charged a relatively low fare compared to other modes of transit in the area; and since 1997 the route has been fare-free.

Our first interaction with New Yorkers was somewhat brusque, almost rude, as we were herded like cattle to have fingerprints taken in quite an aggressive way.
Our feelings of excitement began to evaporate, as we wondered what else we were going to experience!

However, we need not have worried. Our taxi driver apologised for the 'morons' who 'welcomed' tourists at the port and from then on, we found New Yorkers to be warm and friendly.

Have a good day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9446 W: 372 N: 21865] (85932)
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