New York City on $20 a day
This is part of an 18 week, 7,532 mile, Vanabode road trip detailed in the
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Above: The actual ferry we took into New York City from New Jersey on our 18 week road trip. Gray skies stretch out in every direction. Foggy cloud drifts take turns hiding and revealing various parts of the skyline, the surrounding bridges, lighthouses, and historic windmills. Massive ocean liners chug past chased by ferries underway on three-foot seas. The Statue of Liberty plays hide and seek behind her own private fog bank.
Above: Even the FedEx trucks are unique here in the big city. Now that would make a nice Vanabode... if parking....and cost....and insurance....and stealth....and off road capability....were not an issue. On second thought I think I will stick with what works.
Above: My first view of the statue of liberty in New York City from our Staten Island ferry crossing.
I am astonished as we make our way onto dry land in New York City. I expected ridiculous airport prices for food in the marina where we docked, and from the street vendors and restaurants located every hundred feet throughout the city. Wrong! The prices are fantastic! I eat a salty hotdog wrapped and baked in a warm pretzel like dough for a dollar (this costs four dollars at most malls all over the country). Bottled water costs us a buck.
Above: Yes that's me to demonstrate just how big this stunning sculpture is.
Above: Even the police vans are highly specialized here. I sure would like to have a contraption like that on top of my Vanabode. It would be fun to sleep up there. NOTICE the front wheels do NOT touch the ground.
Above: My first view of the New York City skyline in the financial district from our free ferry crossing.
Above: New York City in the early years (notice the fort/prison offshore) Now see next picture for how it changed as the years wore on and the population exploded.
Above: New York City after much growth. (notice the fort/prison is no longer offshore).
Above: New York City architecture can be overwhelming. I just want to walk around all day and LOOK!
Business man sleeping on bench in NYC. Sometimes you can't go any longer. Sometimes you're too far from home to care. He does have a head by the way, I checked.
Above: New York City architecture where new meets old and construction still rolls on.
Above: New meets old. At one time the brick structures in the front here were considered massive. Now they are just beautiful.
Above: 911 memorial fountains in New York City.
Above: 911 memorial construction was still continuing when we were there.
National Museum of the American Indian - where I was thrown out for carrying a knife (see book below for details on just how that went down. Tomorrow we plan on visiting Liberty State Park for a different view of the Statue of Liberty. Tonight we rest safely back in Staten Island. I fall asleep to rhythmic white noise, as rain steadily drums like a thousand fingers on the roof.
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