Leaving Pier 40... ahead, the new World Trade Center tower is almost finished
We paddle past North Cove, with a few remaining boats in it
Round the Battery, avoiding the ferries
We meet more ferries in the East River
Around the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, the water always gets a bit bouncy
Under the Manhattan Bridge toward the power plant
Looking back at the bridges, the Wall Street skyscrapers, and a little Statue of Liberty out in the harbor
We approach the Williamsburg Bridge
The Williamsburg Bridge and the old Domino Sugar Factory
Green water, blue sky, sunshine...
First sight of Midtown
The Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building
Johna's view (photo by Johna)
In the middle of the East River, we are having fun (photo by Johna)
Toward the United Nations
The new Four Freedoms FDR Memorial at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island
A final look back before we continue past Roosevelt Island
The side of the FDR Memorial...
... with well-camouflaged inhabitants
For a change, we paddle up the Queens-side channel past Roosevelt Island
Under the Queensboro Bridge
"Alas this bitter life filled with sweet dreams"
Across Hell Gate
Up the Harlem River: through the open channel under the newly reconstructed Willis Avenue Bridge...
... and past the History Channel
Approaching the Park Avenue railroad bridge
The Park Avenue railroad bridge towers above the Harlem River in the sunshine
Finally! Some Fall colors...
... along this urban shoreline
Vlad meanders along the shore taking photos (photo by Johna)
Toward the trio of mid-Harlem bridges
We pass under the High Bridge, lit by the low late-afternoon sun...
... and under the Washington Bridge
Another stretch of Fall colors...
... interspersed with decaying bulkheads and docks...
... reflected in the calm water
Red and among the yellow...
... peak Fall colors
Spotlit by the low sun
We paddle past the Columbia "C"...
... and under the Amtrak railroad bridge...
... out into the broad Hudson
The view across the Hudson...
... and south toward the city...
... in the glow of the sun setting behind the Palisades
We paddle down toward the George Washington Bridge
Under the bridge, the Little Red Lighthouse...
--- the lights of the bridge are beginning to twinkle on the dark water ---
... and Midtown Manhattan beyond
High above, the moon
Under the George Washington Bridge
Yellow and blue nocturne
The Palisades dark beyond
We paddle down the Hudson as the afterglow of the sunset fades and the lights of the city come on. It's another two hours back to Pier 40...