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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PERSPECTIVES: HUDSON RIVER CRUISING


 Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

What is your perspective on New York City?

Have you seen it up close and personal, by walking its streets?
Gotten a good overview by driving through it?
Seen it at a distance, from across a river or from the air?
Or is your perspective of New York 
based on what you've seen in the movies, or on TV?
 
When it comes to Manhattan,
I'm fortunate to know it intimately through a variety of vistas.......

Flying into its airports and getting a bird's eye view, .......
Viewing it from the top of the Empire State Building......
Looking out at it from my apartment or office windows.....
Admiring it from my sister's co-op in NJ
across the river ......
Gazing at it through the windows of countless buses and taxis......
Driving into it over the George Washington Bridge.......
Walking endless miles on foot over years of living and working in the city. 

But one of my favorite perspectives of Manhattan is a panoramic view from the water.
Its majesty can best be appreciated when witnessing 
the full-length of the New York City skyline from the Hudson River.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've done quite a few cruises around Manhattan over the years.
When friends asked a few weeks ago if we wanted to go on a dinner cruise,
there was no hesitation in our answer.
The appeal of this cruise was that it left from Westchester County, NY, 
only about a 45 minute ride for us, which eliminated the hassles of driving into the city.

The yacht had a nice dining room, a lounge, and two outdoor decks. 
The top deck of the stern had a dance floor, a D.J. and was pretty loud,
but it was the best place to see the sights and take photos. 

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Leaving from Yonkers, the yacht made its way down the Hudson.
I choked down my dinner in order to be outside on the deck  
to see the first point of interest -- the George Washington Bridge.
The GWB and I have an intimate relationship,
as I always drive over it from NJ into NYC, usually at a crawl, due to heavy traffic.
In contrast, sailing under it offered quite a spectacular perspective.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And, who knew there was a little red lighthouse at the base?

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It was a perfect evening to be on the water.........
clear skies and high 80's.

 The sights got more interesting once we got closer to midtown Manhattan.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Downtown Manhattan offered a view of the new Freedom Tower,
which stands where the World Trade Center towers used to be.
This always puts a lump in my throat.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The highlight of any river cruise is seeing the Statue of Liberty.
Yes, the DJ played "New York, New York," when we got there.
A little hokey, but it worked. 

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I found myself pretty choked up upon seeing the Lady of the Harbor this time. 
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,"  
she said, and I could swear I saw a little tear fall from her eye.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We made our way back up the Hudson during the "golden hour," 
the time of day which paints the skyline gold.
A backdrop of dramatic black clouds to the east 
cast a glow to the Manhattan skyline like I've never seen before.
It was stunning!

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The gray aircraft carrier, Intrepid, was almost camouflaged.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Empire State Building as always, owned the midtown skyline........

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

and was in an ombre state of mind.   

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The Chrysler Building peeked out from behind a brick sea of gold.


Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Midtown took on a futuristic hue.

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The view was so sensational, it almost didn't look real.
I promise you, though, it's not fake hues.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Via 57 West is one of the newer additions to the skyline.
How would you like the apartment at the top of that pyramid?

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The buildings formerly known as Trump Place (most of them, anyway) 
face the West Side Highway.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I think we took a wrong turn and ended up in Westeros.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

If you plan to take a cruise along the Hudson River,
I highly recommend you do it around sunset,
when Manhattan is looking its finest.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Heading back under the George Washington Bridge 
signaled that the cruise was almost over.

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Perspectives.........
How you see the world depends on where you're looking from. 

 

Hudson River Cruise | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

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13 comments:

  1. WOW!! What great pictures and it is perfect timing for our upcoming visit. My husband posted on FB that he can't wait to "go home". I didn't know he was that excited. I shared your post with him and he loved the pictures. We took a very short boat ride to the Statue of Liberty once but this dinner cruise looks great.

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    1. This particular cruise (Vista Yacht Cruises) didn't leave from Manhattan, but they do leave from Weekhawken, NJ. There are so many different lines that leave from Manhattan. You can get a sense of them on Tripadvisor.

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  2. Absolutely stunning pictures of NYC. It's been many, many years since I've been there and I would love to go back. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Absolutely fabulous post, I loved seeing all of your photographs as you cruised along the Hudson River, stunning!

    All the best Jan

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  4. Hi Amy, This post is fantastic! Your photographs are beautiful and I almost felt like I was there with you ... that cruise sounds like fun! I have a special place in my heart for NYC since my parents grew up there. New York, New York is a special song in our family. It was my Mom's favorite. We have played it at all family weddings for 30+ years, lining up doing the Rockette's kick! Thanks so much for sharing. Joan-My Cookie Clinic

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  5. I love this Amy. Truly fabulous photos. I didn't know about that pyramid. Must be pretty new, and how interesting it looks! We're heading into Manhattan Saturday. May stay overnight but not sure yet. It's funny, but these days every time I do something I'm aware that it may be the last time. Had lunch today at Sams in White Plains where we met last year and thought that. It's a strange feeling!

    xxx

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  6. Hi Amy, what a fun evening and a great way to see the city from a boat. I have not done a cruise like that in many years. You took such amazing shots of the city. Enjoy the weekend.
    Julie

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  7. Amy thank you for that gorgeous tour of Manhattan. I had gone on one many years ago but of course the city is ever-changing. When I saw that pyramid building I instantly thought of Dani living up there. Haha!! The city never gets old and is constantly re-inventing itself. That is the beauty of New York. I am definitely pinning and sharing.

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  8. Believe it or not, but I actually spent a week in New York City when I was young. Of course, not enough to see it all, if that's even possible. That's why I always enjoy your posts on NYC... The pictures in this one are stunning and I had again all these mixed feelings of admiration and unease that I had when in NYC.

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  9. I have never been to New York but would love to make it there one day

    MOllyx

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  10. You took such amazing shots of the city. Enjoy the weekend.


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  11. So many great photos! The colors are just beautiful. I haven't been to NYC in years but we have viewed it from NJ on a few previous trips.

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