Last item on my list of things to do in New York
It was my last day in New York. My flight out was scheduled for 11:00pm so I still had a whole day to make the most of. One thing that I hadn’t done yet was the Staten Island ferry. Just a couple of subway stop from Brooklyn I emerged at the bottom end of Manhattan where the Staten Island Ferry terminal. You can’t miss these huge orange vessels that go back and forth every half hour and carry over 4000 passengers. It is also absolutely free so what budget traveller could resist plus you get to pass the Statue of Liberty and fantastic views back to the NY city skyline as you make your way towards Staten Island.
I was so preoccupied with the ferry that I hadn’t actually done any research as to what to see on Staten Island but was content to take a walk along the water’s edge looking back towards New Jersey on the left, Manhattan in the middle and Brooklyn to the right. Just along the promenade from the ferry terminal I came across this intriguing sculpture. Reading the plaques around the sculpture I discovered that it is called Postcards, a memorial to the 274 residents of Staten Island that lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. The two white marble wing sculptures stand 9 metres high and represent postcards to loved ones.
With time against me it was back to the St George terminal where I indulged in a stack of pancakes drowned in syrup as I joined other New Yorkers on their way into the city. I managed to get a prime position on the ferry for the journey back, and the only person with a better position than me was this seagull who was hitching a ride.
Just before you dock back at the lower Manhattan ferry terminal you get a great view of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine. Looking a bit out-of-place this small red-brick Federal style rowhouse located in Lower Manhattan surrounded on al sides by skyscrapers – a wonderful juxtaposition of old and new.
Having to ticked off most of the must-dos on my list of things to do in New York I spent the rest of the day shopping for gifts to take home to friends and family before making my way back to my friend’s Brooklyn apartment where I picked up my bags and made my way to John F. Kennedy international airport.