September 27, 2014
From Brooklyn Pier, New York, looking at lower Manhattan, Freedom Tower, Battery Park.
(Our 2015 bike tours do not start until March 14, so I have some fillers until the rides start).
We had landed at La Guardia Airport, took a transfer bus to the Brooklyn pier, settled into our stateroom and stepped out onto the balcony. There were some great views from our balcony.
Statue of Liberty
Staten Island Ferry
I didn't know it at the time, but the Staten Island Ferry is free and moves 22 million passengers a year between Whitehall in Manhattan and St. George in Staten Island.
Lower Manhattan skyline.
Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground, Manhattan Bridge beyond
We go under the Verrazano suspension bridge as we leave the Narrows at the entrance to New York harbor. It links the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Pilot boats lead cruise ships into and out of harbors, and just to be on the safe side, "pilot birds" lead us safely out to sea.
Sunset as we leave New York sailing toward Newport, Rhode Island.