“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this eastern port
Aboard this tiny ship. “
While not quite as eventful as Gilligan’s infamous voyage, Shannon, Jean, Kay, and I did get to take a rather lovely cruise around out island. With Shannon’s mom and aunt in town we decided it would be a good time to take in the sights around Manhattan.
Since brunch is our favorite thing here in NYC, Shannon and I decided that eating brunch and drinking mimosas while sight seeing might be the best possible thing to ever exist, and so we booked a brunch cruise. It all happens on the deck of this trusty little barge aptly named the Manhattan:
Once aboard the yacht we were promptly handed mimosas and quickly kicked out to sea by the captain. Once out on the river the air temperature immediately dropped and we were encased in the cool salty breeze coming off ocean. We began our journey down the Hudson river towards the Atlantic Ocean and the Statue of Liberty.
The view from the Yacht was spectacular. Straight from the beginning as we were ushered by the Statue we were continually floated by famous views including the Financial District skyline, the low and neighborhood like Village, the sea ports and forts, and the industrial shores of Queens. We swam down the Hudson river and up the East River, our ever knowledgeable captain spouting off trivia at every turn.
Some of the standout sights glimpsed from new angles aboard our small vessel were the bridges. These colossal stone and iron structures are really neat to see from underneath. It is amazing to me the amount of care that was put into the aesthetics of the bridges, the stone work, the iron work, and then add to this the actual structural intricacies it makes for pretty a pretty awe inspiring sight.
Brunch was served in 4 delectable courses, non of which did I think to photograph, and each accompanied by a new mimosa. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of quiches and freshness of the fruits, but still were distracted by the steady stream of sights ripping by the large glass windows.
The whole experience was extremely eye opening, but in particular one section of Manhattan threw me for a loop. As we crested the top of the island about to enter the Harlem River the entire scene turned to something none of us expected to see on the small island of Manhattan: Green. Lots and Lots of Green. As it turns out the top of the island and then into the Bronx is an endless sea of beautiful green forest, gardens, parks, and water. We got only the shortest glimpse into this world from the yacht, but it suddenly made the top of my destination list! It also turns out that we can access all of the greenness from a subway train! It is crazy to me that this area of dense foliage is attached to the urban jungle which I have been trapped in for all this time! It doesn’t compute in my brain, it is just too much of a contrast.
All in all it was a wonderful breath of fresh air, and a welcomed escape from the heat of the city streets. Shannon is now convinced we need a boat, and I think I am inclined to agree. Here are some pictures from our voyage: