independence day

by sam on 07/5/2009

this year, I decided to take a trip to governors island for the fourth of july. It was really just because it was a beautiful day, I had been dying to see what they had done since last year, and all the rain has prevented me from a really good bike ride for almost a month (speaking of which, I have to re-break-in certain parts of my body, again! which sucks). Anyhoo, for future reference, I would most vociferously advise against picking a route to the ferry that involves going anywhere near battery park on the fourth of july. between the concert they were setting up (and the requisite temporary gates) and the fact that this was the first day in almost 9 years that the crown on the statue of liberty was open, it was a bit of a madhouse.

But, I did do my part as an ugly jingoistic american on this independence day by yelling indiscriminately at tourists to get out of my way.

The island itself was a pleasure – not crowded at all, lovely to ride around, and the entire thing is open this year (unlike last year when the back “half” was closed off) – it’s now got a nice picnic area as well as a freshly paved bike route. Lovely.

my tiny bike on the ferry over ferry ride ferry ride/statue of liberty statue of liberty hospital colonels' row houses liggett hall liggett hall colonels' row houses colonels' row IMG_0081 colonels' row castle williams manhattan tall ships the view new jersey new jersey & manhattan lower manhattan bridges water taxi beach (no water taxis, and no actual beach) more tall ships tall ships and manhattan

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