Big Fat Queer

October 9, 2010

Governor’s Island



Lower Manhattan from Governor’s Island , originally uploaded by FantasticBabblings.

I went to Governor’s Island today. It is located in New York Harbor about half a mile off the tip of Manhattan and about a quarter mile west of Brooklyn. I have wanted to go there for years, seeing it from the Staten Island Ferry or the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. For much of its history, even during the Dutch and British periods, it has been a military base and a military prison and most recently headquarters for the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1995 the Coast Guard closed operations there and in 2002 New York City made a deal with the U.S. government to buy the island for one dollar (I could have offered more) to be developed for public use. A master plan has been proposed for a public park and waterfront promenade. The island has stunning views of Manhattan, New Jersey, Brooklyn, The Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor.

It has been open to the public for a while, and it is only accessible by ferry. This weekend was the last chance to go for a while. I had wanted to shoot the departure of a cruise ship from the Brooklyn docks, but due to subway construction and much detours, I was about a half hour late. I did see the ship in the distance as it passed under the Verazzano Bridge to the open sea. The trip wasn’t a waste, though. I got a lot of good footage and took some stills, like the one above. I also walked two and a half miles today, a mile and a half on Governor’s Island.

I had a swiss cheese omelette this morning with rye toast. I have not eaten anything since then, but I will probably order Chinese food soon. Tomorrow I was going to shoot some video, but I need a rest, so I plan to take the day off. It will be hard. I have to really work at resting. If anybody sees me doing anything, slap me please.

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