Our Looper flotilla headed out from Delaware and New Jersey and traveled to New York to visit the city that never sleeps. On the way, we picked up one more traveler at Cape May, so now The Lower Place has rejoined our group. We last saw Charlie and Robin McVey in Washington DC. Once we conquered the Jersey coast, with only a little drama on the Atlantic Ocean from contrary wind and waves, we set our sights on New York.
We stayed at the Staten Island Yacht Club then traveled by car, train, ferry, and subway to get around the city. We were able to visit many sights and locations. One of the most moving and difficult was the 9/11 memorial. Everyone usually can tell you where they were the day 9/11 happened. Steve was just across the river watching events unfold, so seeing the memorial was extra significant. We also saw the bull on Wall Street, the NY stock Exchange building, Battery Park, and this was just the first day.
One of Teresa’s goals was to visit the “Today Show” so we worked out a plan to make that happen. The owner of the local restaurant at Great Kills knew a guy and put us in touch with Carl who willingly drove us right to Rockefeller Center at 4:15am to get in line for the show. We were right up near the front of line and secured a spot on the rail in the center of filming. Moon Shadow made signs for us to hold along the railing. One sign highlighted our 6000 miles on a boat and the other promoted Teresa’s book. What a treat to have our friends see us on TV! After a mid-morning breakfast at a local diner, we rode up to the top of the Empire State building with Enterprise. The New York library was a stop Teresa could not skip. The huge building is very ornate and noteworthy to tour. She loved seeing the vast reading areas, books, and architecture.
Once back on Staten Island, we visited Nonna’s—a local pizza place which came highly recommended. The recommendation was absolutely right. The New York style pizza was fantastic and our Looper Group of 10 enjoyed the food and company very much.
Leaving Great Kills Yacht Club meant we were going to travel by the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. We planned for our Looper group to travel togather and take pictures of each other in front of the Statue of Liberty. What a treat to see the statue from our own vessel!
Once past the lady and the city, we kept traveling north up the Hudson River. The planned destination for the night was Half Moon Bay Marina at Croton on the Hudson. We saw the new Tappan Zee bridge construction passing under the new spans along the way. The river scenery quickly turned from dense high-rise city scape to hills and trees. The hills cliffs and trees are scenic north of the city.
On the way into the marina, we passed by the anchorage and park we were at when we purchased Sanctuary in May 2014. Sanctuary has passed by her own wake, but is continuing home to finish the Great Loop and receive her Gold Flag.
From Croton on the Hudson, we rode the train back into the city to Grand Central Station. Exploring that huge facility was overwhelming. You could look around and see the locations from many movies in the building. We walked from Grand Central to Times Square. Street entertainers, yellow cabs galore, lights, horns—it is all there. We found a great lunch spot just off Times Square and then made our way to the Majestic Theater. Teresa had planned to see Phantom of the Opera when it was in Grand Rapids, but had to go out of town. While in New York, if possible, she wanted to see her first Broadway play. Phantom of the Opera was available as a Saturday matinee, so we were able to attend. The theater, the sounds from the orchestra, the organ, the costumes, and the whole show were fantastic! A couple we met on the way into the theater saw Phantom in Toronto. They said this version was 100 times better than the Toronto one which was very good.
After the play, we walked and took a cab to the High Line, an old elevated railroad line converted to a park. We returned to Grand Central Station, explored that area a little more, and then took our train back to Croton on the Hudson. From the train station, it was a short cab ride back to the marina, where this group of very tired loopers crashed for the night. One more night in this marina, then we plan to continue traveling north on the Hudson River.
New York Public Library
St Patricks Cathedral
NY Stock Exchange
Empire State Building
Hudson River passing NY
Statue of Liberty
Grand Central Station
Majestic Theater – Phantom of the Opera