Saturday was the first docking of the Queen Mary 2 in the new Brooklyn Cruise Ship terminal in Red Hook, built in part due to the expansion of the cruise ship industry in NYC and the current renovation of the ship terminal on the west side. Pictured at the ceremony is Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (speaking), Mayor Bloomberg (in front of the light), and the captain of the ship.
Also note the departure of the ship later in the day (photos taken from Sunset Park, pier 4), with the traditional NYFD fireboat spray, and an indication of the size of the ship with one of the Barberi class Staten Island Ferry boats (themselves large boats) in the foreground.
Sunday took me to Ringwood State Park in northern New Jersey, with a visit to Ringwood Manor, built by Robert Erksine, who was George Washington's surveyor and cartographer (mapmaker). Also in the park near the botanical gardens are 2 authentic original Pennsylvania Station eagles. When the station was demolished in the 1960's, most of the eagles from the top of the building were saved. 2 are in this park ... below are 2 stock photos showing another one in front of 2 Penn Plaza in roughly the same spot as the station, and the station itself with the eagles on top. Notice the same building in the background on 31st and 7 Ave.
Staten Island Ferry in foreground, itself a large ship ...
Later that day:
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