This View Is Free

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I’m surprised how many New Yorkers have never been on the Staten Island Ferry, especially considering that it’s free and super-easy to get to.

Fortunately, I’m not one of those New Yorkers. But I feel bad for them.

(Andrew J. Barberi Ferryboat, Staten Island Ferry)

Up in the Air

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I’m smiling not because I visited the top of three NYC bridges (Verrazano-Narrows, Marine Parkway, Throgs Neck) and saw six peregrine falcon chicks in one day.

No, I’m smiling because I survived being repeatedly dive-bombed by the adult peregrine parents, who were rather annoyed at our presence. Fortunately, nobody got hurt and we tried not to overstay our welcome. Video to come.

Some days, I really love my day job.

(Throgs Neck Bridge, The Bronx)

Update 2013/02/21: And here’s the video, posted 2012/06/01…