I was so excited about our trip to New York City. It’s been a part of the trip planning since the trip plan began. Who DOESN’T want to go to New York City?
First step was to find a place to park the RV – that turned out to be an easy decision after we saw a UTube video of a couple on the Looong Honeymoon describe their stay at Liberty Harbor Marina RV Park in Jersey City. The location is excellent and that is it’s attraction. It is basically some RV spaces in a parking lot at the Marina. Gravel pads, electricity and water and a sewer dump on site. A building with showers and toilets in one corner. Nothing fancy, but we weren’t planning on sitting around the trailer.. we are talking NEW YORK!!
Driving in to Liberty Harbor and Jersey City was a nightmare for me. I took up two lanes on some narrow bridge and blocked all the traffic behind me (But like Randy said afterwards ‘no one was honking at you, so it was no big deal’). Then I got to an intersection under a overpass and was in the wrong lane to go straight thru so I put on my signal light and did another one of my patented “tourist turns” while holding up everyone behind me who wanted to turn right and couldn’t because I was waiting for traffic to clear so I could continue in a straight line. (still no honking – such polite New Yorkers). I managed to negotiate thru road construction barrels, squished my way past a bus and navigated narrow bumpy streets to our destination. No scratches, dents and only a few swear words were heard.
There is a water taxi that runs between the park and Manhatten ( once again location, location, location ). The cost is $6.50 per person per trip. It runs in the morning until 9:45 and then begins again in the evening at 4:15 until 9PM. So you are limited to extended night time stays in the city if that is your mode of travel and when you go over in the morning you are now in NY City all day. There is a train (the Path) which runs over to NY but we never bothered to figure out it’s path or the schedule. We heard that the Taxi’s don’t like to go over to Jersey because then they inevitably have to return empty to NYC. We could have used Uber I suppose, but didn’t try that either. You can tell we aren’t much for partying with the night owls.. haha.
New York City is HUGE! It’s MASSIVE! It’s just like you would imagine after seeing it on TV and reading about it. I discovered quite quickly that it is impossible to capture New York City in a photograph or many photographs. How can you capture what your eye can see, in a picture?
It’s a city of Squares & Circles and much more:
Times Square and Union Square (which aren’t really square in shape), the Memorial Pools at the 911 Memorial (which are squares). Madison Square Garden – is a round arena with a rectangle for a rink. You get the idea of what I’m saying. Columbus Circle, traffic circles, archways and angles of the World Trade Centre and Brookfield Place on Vesey Street. I will include a few pictures that I took that show the complex shapes and overall feel of how BIG the City really is. I would go back any time and see, walk, eat and be entertained. What a great City!