Thursday, June 9, 2011

Days 286 - 288   Haverstraw Bay Anchorage,
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – Thursday, June 9, 2011

Leaving 79th St Boat Basin
 Sing Sing Prison on the Hudson River

 The beach at Haverstraw Bay

 Looking east from our anchorage

Sunset at our anchorage

Haverstraw Bay

Haverstraw Bay
Sunset at Haverstraw Bay

We were out of the 79th St Boat Basin about 1:00 pm which was close to high tide.  They have a 3-1/2 to 4 foot tide swing, and at low tide we had only about 2-1/2 feet of water under the boat.  It was a warm, sunny day, we had a push from the tide, and we easily cruised to Haverstraw Bay.
We anchored in a beautiful bay on the Hudson River with green hills on one side and a sandy beach on the other.   We enjoyed a few days of quiet and relaxation.   

 Total miles:  30        Total bridges:  2        Total locks:  0

Day 285  79th St Boat Basin
Manhattan, NY  
Monday, June 6, 2011

 Red channel marker to Great Kills Harbor rests on the beach at low tide

 Old Orchard Shoal Light

 West Bank Ambrose Channel light with Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

 Heading toward the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

 Heading home to Shanghai

Staten Island ferries

 Dream Catcher at the Statue of Liberty

 Ellis Island


 Manhattan Island skyline from the Hudson River

Empire State Building

 Unique restaurant underneath highway viaduct with marina office in the foreground

Looking downtown from our dock on Manhattan Island

Best corned beef on rye we've ever had

Artist's concept of completed World Trade Center site

 Ground Zero construction site

 Crosswalk at Ground Zero

New York City Hall

Soon-to-be completed modern skyscraper will be the largest residential building in the U.S.

Sunset at 79th St Boat Basin

We were on our own for a few days, so we decided to move to the 79th St Boat Basin where it would be easier to go back to the 911 Memorial.  We discovered through a couple of brochures that we missed two exhibits when we visited the construction site.  We were surprised that the person at the information booth didn’t mention them when we asked for directions. 
79th St Boat Basin offers a great location to explore NYC, but the docks are in extremely poor condition and wakes from passing traffic make it an uncomfortable place to stay.  We arrived about noon, walked a couple of blocks to the subway, and took the red line #1 to downtown Manhattan.  We had a great lunch at a deli and then found the memorials.
The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site on Vesey Street is free, shows a brief synopsis of the events of that day, and has a gift shop with proceeds going to the building of the memorial.  The Tribute WTC Visitor Center on Liberty Street brought tears to our eyes with the personal stories of so many people who lost their lives.  It was extremely moving and heartbreaking. 
Not only were American lives lost that day, but also the lives of people from around the world.  The memorial in London, England, reads “Grief is the price we pay for love”. 
 Total miles:  26        Total bridges:  1        Total locks:  0

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