On our way back from our vacation in Spain and Portugal last June we stopped in New York for a few days before we flew back home to California. One day we took the ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island and I decided to submit one of the photos I took on that trip as my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. It was a beautiful day and the clouds were majestic as we gazed at the Statue of Liberty.
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The City of New York has operated the Staten Island Ferry since 1905. 23 million passengers a year take the 5.2 mile ride that takes about 25 minutes. That’s more than 70,000 a day and they are mostly Staten Islanders who board the ships every morning to commute to Manhattan for work and then return to their homes in the evening. And the ferry is absolutely free! What a deal!
My Theler ancestors came to New York from Germany in the 1850s and some members of the family settled on Staten Island. We walked along the street a couple of blocks from the St George terminal where my great grandfather’s sister ran a boarding house for many years. There are a few stores and a theater now where her house used to be but the church a block away where she worshiped is still there and we visited that place, too, before we took the return ferry back to Manhattan.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Thursdays (Wednesdays in North America and Europe) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.