New York City, NY: Staten Island — by ferry for views

(July 2018)

We take the ferry to Staten Island not because we need to cross the mighty Upper New York Bay. We get on to see the impressive panorama of lower Manhattan, and also Governors Island and the impressive bridge connecting Brooklin with Staten Island, for some time bearing the title of the longest suspension bridge in the world, and of course the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. And also because it is one of the best free things you can do in New York City – tickets were abolished here, because that was an election promise of the mayor of the city, whose Staten Island is one of five great boroughs.

I have a few impressions left from this eight-kilometer journey: the unexpected emptiness of the vast water inside this gigantic city, from the perspective of which the great skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, with WTC One at the forefront, look like children’s toys, ubiquitous helicopters, like flies circling over the city, and which I have in almost every frame, aquariums with cichlids at the ferry terminal through which you can observe the local McDonald’s and a black band playing blues, and a coast guard boat with a guy attached to a powerful rifle that accompanied us all the way back.