My Afternoon at Liberty Landing
How to Do A Photo Safari in New York
People often ask me what I do with my free-time in New York City. I guess the concept of free-time and New York together (casually thrown down in the same sentence) throws people a bit off. Although it’s true, NYC has a very fast-paced life, we do enjoy our time off from work and all that New York has to offer.
For me, it really depends on the season, the weather, and ultimately, my mood, but more often than not you will find me somewhere outside with my camera snapping away (or tasting delicious new food!)
I guess, we might not categorize photography as my time off, since it’s part of my job, but from a job it easily became a hobby and a passion, so it’s natural for me to just grab the camera and go.
Yesterday afternoon, a gorgeous Sunny & 80F day I decided to cross the Hudson River into New Jersey and take out my new glass (Sigma 35 mil 1.4) for a test spin.
- WHERE IS IT: New Jersey right behind Ellis Island across from Battery Park.
- HOW TO GET THERE: Yellow Water Taxi from Brooksfield / Hudson River Park.
- COST: $7 per ride / $14 round-trip.
- WHAT TO DO THERE: it’s a State Park ideal for photoshooting the NYC Skyline, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty; great for walks by the bay; plus there is a delicious Restaurant with unparalleled views.
I would recommend spending there at least half a day. Ideally, you could go to enjoy a late lunch at the Marina Restaurant called Liberty House (I love their Lobster Roll!) followed by a nice afternoon walk along the bay waiting for the Sunset.
Just make sure to take down the Ferry schedule, they stop service after approximately 8:30 pm depending on season / days ... anyway, you wouldn’t want to be stranded in the park at night (if this happens call Uber!)
Tips & Fun Facts
- Check-out the Liberty House Restaurant here: https://libertyhouserestaurant.com/
- Want to go to the Statue of Liberty? No sweats! You should consider taking the Statue Cruise from here - the official ferry-boat leaves from Liberty Landing as well, and usually you don’t have to deal with the same huge lines that you have at the Battery Park location. This is a great alternative to visit Ellis Island and the Statue in a more relaxed way, plus from there you can decide to return to Battery Park instead.
- Right across from the Marina, you will be in Jersey City - The Water Taxi will dock there too. You could decide to tour Jersey City, check out some local graffiti-art, the Colgate clock, the waterfront & maybe grab dinner. You can return to Manhattan using the PATH transit, super convenient.
- Love to bike? Take your bike with you! Believe me the Park is amazing and you will bike along the bay, behind Ellis Island and south of the Statue of Liberty.