Tuesday morning we said Goodby to our Harbor Host John and thanked him again for everything he did to make our stay at Great Kills enjoyable. The rain had stopped for a while but it was very cool with overcast sky’s. We have 18 miles to navigate today and will be staying at Liberty Landing in New Jersey. The marina is pricey but the view of Manhattan at night is supposed to be priceless.
This is the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the New York City borough of Staten Island and Brooklyn. It spans the Narrows, a body of water connecting the relatively protected upper bay with the larger wide open lower bay. The bridge is named for the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano who in 1524 became the first documented European explorer to enter New York Harbor and the Hudson Bay. The bridge marks the gateway to New York Harbor.
This is New York Harbor part of the Port of New York and New Jersey, it’s at the mouth of the Hudson River where it empties into New York Bay and into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s one of the largest natural harbors in the world. The Port of New York and New Jersey was the largest oil importing port and the third largest container port in the nation. The port is still active with commuter ferries, several cruise lines, and tourist excursion boats. We had to really watch out for all the traffic as we navigated to Liberty Harbor.
We went right in front of the Statue of Liberty with our boat but really had to watch out for the tourist excursion boats, they really cruise from Manhattan to the islands. Liz took our picture in front of the statue and then we took theirs.
This is the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal located at Liberty State Park one of three passenger railroad terminal that opened in the late 1880’s. The terminal served as the largest rail hub in New York Metropolitan Area between 1892 and 1954. Of the approximately 17 million people who passed through nearby Ellis Island during those years, about two-thirds started their new lives in America departing on trains from the terminal building. By the start of the 20th century, accommodated between 30,000-50,000 people per day. However, the transportation hub ceased passenger operations in April 1967 after CRRNJ declared bankruptcy.
Nearly four years after the flood waters of hurricane Sandy have receded and iconic piece of New Jersey history is set to reopen on Wednesday.
We are now entering into Liberty Landing a marina located on the Hudson River across from the lower tip of Manhattan. The weather is cold and overcast and I am cold the first time on this trip. The weather is highs of 60 and back home the weather is in the eighties hope it quits raining and warms up soon.
Liberty Landing is in Jersey City, New Jersey the second most populous city in the U.S. after Newark. Jersey City is located on the peninsula know as Bergen Neck, with a waterfront on the east at the Hudson River and New York Bay. Much like New York City, Jersey City has always been a destination for new immigrants to the United States. The railroads became and would remain the largest employers in Jersey city into and during the early 20th century. In its heyday before World War II immigrants found work at Colgate, Chloro or Dixon Ticonderoga. By the 1970’s the city experienced a period of urban decline due to rising crime, civil unrest, political corruption, and economic hardship. Beginning in the 1980s development of the waterfront previously occupied by rail yards and factories became high-rise buildings and led to the development of the Exchange Place financial district also know as Wall Street West one of the largest banking centers in the U.S.
The Colgate Clock is an octagonal clock facing the Hudson River near Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. The clock is located close to where the headquarters of consumer products conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive used to be located, before it left in 1985. We went right past it as we entered the inlet to Liberty Landing Marina. The current Colgate Clock was built-in 1924 replacing an earlier clock constructed by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. for Colgate’s centennial in 1906 which was relocated to a Colgate factory in Clarksville, Indiana.
This is the view from Jersey City of Lower Manhattan, New York
Liz cousins Fazel Deen from New York meet them at Liberty Landing. Fazel will be spending the night with Liz and Johnny on the boat and traveling with them Wednesday, as they head up the Hudson River to Half Moon Bay Marina. It was nice to see him again and hope the weather is nice so he can enjoy the ride.
Tuesday night we joined Liz, Johnny, and Fazel for dinner. Our plans were to dine at the Marina Restaurant which we found out was closed so are second choice was Liberty Home across the parking lot. When we walked in and all the waiters had white coats on and the tables were set with tall candles I knew we were under dressed. We had a very nice dinner and this restaurant had a great view with outside seating and fireplaces.
After dinner Kent and I walked down towards the pier so we could get some pictures of Lower Manhattan. The view was priceless and so glad we decided to stay at Liberty Marina. I would have like to stay up and gaze across the Hudson at the amazing Lower Manhattan lights all night. It’s sad to know we will be leaving New York in the morning but so glad I got to visit New York with Kent.