Once settled into the 23rd Street Marina, we had
great access to the city.
With Metro cards we could travel all over the city.
After a trip to Times Square and Virgin Records, we headed for Central Park.
The skating rink in the foreground is a favorite spot in the winter in Central Park South.
Horse and buggy rides rambled through the park.
Dave and Michelle, just hangin’ out.
Each portion of the park has its own distinctive benches.
The fountains were lovely, but not running due to the drought.
In the midst of modern buildings on 5th Avenue is St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The cathedral is so big, it was impossible to get a picture of the entire church. Inside, it is breathtakingly beautiful.
The next morning we arose and had coffee in the cockpit before taking off ashore again. The Empire State Building was part of our marina view.
The first adventure of the day was exploring Chinatown.
The open-air fish market had the amazing selection and prices.
The Chinatown CVS.
After a delicious Dim Sum lunch, we headed to Greenwich Village and Washington Square
We rode around on buses and got off when we saw something interesting. Michelle wanted to see what was being filmed.
We were hoping for a “Law and Order” episode, but found an AT&T commercial!
We headed back out the East River early the next morning, passing under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges during rush hour. It was October 1st, 2002.
South Street Seaport from the East River
The southern tip of Manhattan and Battery Park with the Circle Line Ferry, which runs to the Statue of Liberty
By 9AM we were approaching the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty nice and close
We sailed out the shipping channels of NY Harbor and under the Varrazano Narrows Bridge toward Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
We arrived in Sandy Hook, New Jersey by 1PM, threw out the anchor and went to sleep. NYC was fun but tiring.
Once in Sandy Hook, we watched the weather patiently for a break to get us down the Jersey shore.
We waited 4 days, but with a long term forecast worsening, we elected day sails down the coast.
Stop one was Manesquan Inlet, where we were the only sailboat in the marina!
The waterfront in Manesquan, New Jersey
We arrived in Atlantic City and anchored off this casino just as it was getting dark.
The view from the Atlantic City Inlet
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