The Big Apple Again!!

Tuesday, September 15th was our day to go through New York City. Based on the currents through Hell Gate, we did not have to leave until noon so we had a leisurely breakfast and prepared everything for the big day in the Big Apple.

We noticed something new in Manhasset Harbor on this visit – smallish fish, about 8 inches long, fish were swirling EVERYWHERE. Everywhere throughout the harbor. They swim very close to the surface so we could hear splashes as they broke the water, which they did constantly. We were quite intrigued and wondered what type of fish they could be. Fishing guru to the rescue – call Dean! He told us they are “bunker fish”, also known as menhaden, and often used as bait fish for blues and stripers.

Bunker ripples and splashes in the water

Bunker ripples and splashes in the water

Up close and personal look at the bunker fish

Up close and personal look at the bunker fish

Exiting Manhasset Harbor on a beautiful September morning.

Exiting Manhasset Harbor on a beautiful September morning.

This lighthouse seems to have no name, not even on the charts.

This lighthouse seems to have no name, not even on the charts, but it stands watch on the way between Manhasset and the Throgs Neck Bridge. 

I told myself I would not repeat photos that I had already taken and posted on the blog on the previous two trips through the East River, but…….. it is so hard to resist New York. It is no less exciting to see it all again from the water. There is simply something about New York City. I may never want to live there again, but I still get a thrill as we pass the skyscrapers, the noise, the traffic, the boats, planes and helicopters, and especially the famous landmarks.

See the bunker fish swirl in the water as we approach the Throgs Neck Bridge?

See the bunker fish swirl in the water as we approach the Throgs Neck Bridge?

Planes from LaGuardia flew overhead, one right after another.

Planes from LaGuardia flew overhead, one right after another.

Signs up on the Whitestone Bridge

Signs up on the Whitestone Bridge -This is the bridge I have been using fairly often. It takes me over the water to see my son, daughter-in-law and grandson who live in Queens, NY.

 Rikers Island is New York City’s main jail complex, and sits in the East River, in the Bronx, with a Queens zip code. Almost everyone knows the name well after many years of the Law and Order series and all of the other New York tv police dramas.
Rikers Island, a small city in itself. You could see the traffic and the white prison busses. The bottom picture shows the barbed wire circles surrounding the prison.Opposite Rikers, on the other side of the river, there is this enormous white and blue ship. We remembered passing by it before and wondering about its story. Looked like a ship made of big lego blocks. Surprise! According to Wikipedia, the Vernon C. Bain Center is an 800-bed “jail barge” used to hold inmates inmates in a medium- to maximum-security setting. “The Boat” (the staff’s and inmates’ nickname for the barge) was brought to New York in 1992 to reduce overcrowding in the island’s land-bound buildings for a lower price.

A giant ship made form white and blue Legos? Nope. It's a prison ship. That's a basketball game in the bottom picture. We could just about see it up on the top of the ship as we based by.

A giant ship made form white and blue Legos? Nope. It’s a prison ship. That’s a basketball game in the bottom picture. We could just about see it up on the top of the ship as we based by.

How’s that for new trivia for this trip? On to more cheerful sites and sights —

Hell Gate, where timing is everything. We were early for the big push of the current, but definitely had some help from it. Al commented that the trawler behaves differently than the sailboat, and surmised that the smaller rudder might make the trawler harder to control and steer.

Approaching Hell Gate Bridge

Approaching Hell Gate Bridge

Pics of the chartplotter – The Trip Log on the right is proof that we hit 12.3 knots although I only saw the 10.3 as shown on the left. The 12.3 must have been a fleeting moment.

Pics of the chartplotter – The final Trip Log data on the right is proof that we hit 12.3 knots although I only saw the 10.3 as shown on the left. The 12.3 must have been a fleeting moment.

I lived in New York City for a couple of years back in the late 1970’s so I always seek out this one building.

My old apartment on York Avenue, the shorter building in the middle. Back in 1979 it was right on the East River. Now it's view is hidden by the taller building.

My old apartment on York Avenue, the shorter building in the middle. Back in 1979 it was right on the East River. Now it’s view is hidden by the taller building.

The United Nations

The United Nations

A little green mixed in with the concrete and steel.

A little green softens  the concrete and steel.

Helicopters are certainly more common now than they were back in 1979.

A helicopter pad with choppers coming and going non-stop. Lots of people coming and going,too.

A helicopter pad with choppers coming and going non-stop. Lots of people coming and going,too.

A little incongruous to see the helicopter and the old sailing vessel together.

It’s  little incongruous to see the helicopter and the old sailing vessel together.

I feel a bit guilty that we rarely notice the east side of the East River.The Manhattan side is so fascinating that Long Island gets ignored. 🙁 I apologize! Here are my token east side of the East River photos —

The Pepsi Cola sign and a tiny sign that reads "Long Island."

The Pepsi Cola sign and a tiny sign  way down near the water that reads “Long Island.”

There’s no lack of variety on the New York waterway —

All kinds of water craft - "The Beast", a yellow taxi-style ferry, the Circle Line tour.

All kinds of water craft – “The Beast”, a yellow taxi-style ferry, the Circle Line tour.

Couldn't resist this - Is that Lady Liberty hitching a ride on the orange Staten island Ferry??

Couldn’t resist this – Is that Lady Liberty hitching a ride on the  Staten island Ferry??

We noticed that the Staten Island ferries had  police escorts ,and also saw a NYFD boat spraying water in a big arc. We later learned that these were practice maneuvers for the Pope’s upcoming visit.

NYFD boat spraying a huge arc of water just past the Statue of Liberty. We were hoping it was a courtesy drive thru boat wash.

NYFD boat spraying a huge arc of water. We were hoping it was a courtesy drive thru boat wash.

The Statue of Liberty. My photos on our previous trips were much better.

The Statue of Liberty. My photos on our previous trips were much better. It is still a  thrill to see this lady from our boat.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Looking back at lower Manhattan as we continued on our way south towards the Verranzo Narrows Bridge – New York is a one-of-a-kind city.

lower manhattanWe settled down for the night behind the breakwater at Atlantic Highlands, the northern tip of New Jersey, inside of Sandy Hook. Cutting Class also made the trip through New York so we had a catching up dinner together.

Cutting Class in the sunset

Cutting Class in the sunset

3 thoughts on “The Big Apple Again!!

  1. Pingback: New York City Again – It Never Gets Old! | Kindred Spirit

  2. Can’t wait to do that trip again. The one time we did seemed like it was over in a flash! Glad things are progressing nicely on your trip. Its time to leave Hampton, I ate all the ice cream.

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