Last night through an organization called Open House New York, I took an architectural tour up the Hudson River on a beautiful cruise ship called the Hornblower. The ship left from Pier 40, which is on the Hudson at Houston Street, then travels up the Hudson past Morningside Heights to almost the George Washington Bridge, then turns around and returns to Pier 40. On the way back, the ship’s guide points out and gives lots of history concerning the important buildings on the New Jersey side of the river.
In my video the narration didn’t come through good so I eliminated it, but I still hope someone might enjoy it. Below are a few photos I took. You might notice that I have a thing for sailboats. It’s just that I think that sailboats around Manhattan add so much to the overall landscape.
The Riverside Church is an interdenominational American Baptist and United Church of Christ church famous for its elaborate Neo-Gothic architecture and its history of social justice. John D. Rockefeller built the church with his own money for Harry Emerson Fosdick (May 24, 1878 – October 5, 1969), a famous 20th-century Baptist Minister, to preach in, because Rockefeller was such an admirer of his.
After the cruise, I took the Staten Island Ferry back home to Staten Island. It’s very hard to take a night photo with a hand-held camera, without it turning out blurry, from a moving boat . I think the only reason this photo came out this clear was because the boat was moving straight back from the shore and not horizontally to it. Also, I balanced my camera on the boat’s railing. My camera is an upper-end point-and-shoot (Nikon Coolpix P-100).