The biggest ferris wheel in the world. The missing link of the Harbor Ring. A half-marathon where I achieved a new personal record (PR). Staten Island has been on my mind of late. Like many New Yorkers, I don't spend much time on Staten Island. It is expensive to get to. It is not convenient to get to. But I tried. Years ago in high school I actually purposely signed up with WalkAmerica to walk in Staten Island, just to get a better perspective of this oft-ignored NYC borough. I don't remember much about that walk, unfortunately. But I came back to Staten Island again and again. Not counting those times when I drive on the clogged I-278 to get to New Jersey.
This past Sunday, for the NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon, I arrived in St. George ferry terminal early enough to snap a few photos of the nearby area. It was my third or fourth time, in recent years, at St. George but I didn't have the time to look around, until Sunday. Below are some photos from the visit, mostly of the 9/11 Memorial, but also one photo from another visit. On that visit, I purposely went to Staten Island to visit Snug Harbor's Chinese Scholar Garden and South Beach. If some day the Verrazano Bridge actually has a bike/walk lane, I will definitely visit Staten Island more often, or at least the South Beach area.
|9/11 Memorial looking north.|
|Only when I took this photo did I realize the pieces are profiles of people's faces, perhaps in the likeness of the victims associated to the pieces.|
|From a summer visit to Staten Island. I often saw South Beach across the water from Fort Hamilton and finally made a trip there.|
|BASED ON THIS PHOTO INSIDE ST. GEORGE FERRY TERMINAL, TRUE OR FALSE, STATE ISLAND IS THE ONLY NYC BOROUGH NOT SERVICED BY SUBWAY?|