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New York Harbor

a busy place

June 8, 2019

To be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed by maybe the most famous harbor in the world. Partly, I'm sure, because I've been here before, visiting the Lady and Ellis Island and touring the harbor via water taxi. Also, though the pictures really don't show it, there was a fair chop and I had to keep my head on a swivel to track all the boats, including real ships, ferries and PWCs (Personal Water Craft, i.e., jet skis) of all things. It was especially stressful around the Lady where everyone, including me, was jostling for the best picture angle. Not my idea of  fun day on the water.

Also, this is the history everyone knows, at least superficially. I'm not sure they all understand and/or appreciate what the Lady symbolizes or how Ellis Island contributed to our wonderfully diverse American culture. I enjoy discovering the lesser known tidbits - like the Lady being a functioning lighthouse from 1886 to 1901.

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