Saving the best for last is a good writer-tease-trick-tickle of a way to bring you to another happy ending.
Happily ever after along the winding rivers of downstate New York means you can circle the entire island, cruise inside her harbor, visit her out-islands or duck under her bridges.
My love affair for riding on top of the water goes back to my earliest recollections of being on the Hudson River Day Line, the boat to the Statue of Liberty, and of course, the Staten Island Ferry … the old Brooklyn Ferry that carried me from the 69th Street slip in Bay Ridge to the ferry slips of Staten Island.
I also took the New York Ferry that travels, and still does so, from downtown Manhattan to the same docks on the Island.
Incredibly, like the trolley ride, this was the best use of a kid’s meager nickle. A nickle ride to enjoy the open air of the trolley and the ferry.
Visitors can still enjoy the Manhattan Ferry for a grand view of downtown, the lower harbor and the Statue of Liberty. However, the most frequent users of the ferry system are residents of Staten Island on their way to work.
For residents of New York and visitors, there are over thirty-one boat cruises daily. This includes the Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Ferry, The Sunset and Twilight Cruises, New York Water Taxis, The Statue by Night, The Circle Line, The Daytime Statue Sail on the Clipper City Tall Ship, several yacht, tall ship and speed boat cruises, and a half dozen choices for dinner cruises.
At least two times each summer, I traveled with my family on the original Hudson River Day line, up river, and debarked at the docks of Poughkeepsie. My dad, an old seafaring man, wanted at least one trip to our family by water. Our trips back to Brooklyn were by railroad and subway.
For true love on the river, the evening dinner cruises are the most spectacular, the fine dining, the amazing views of the bridges and the skyline at night, and the lull of the water, all conspire to romance.
Whichever way you might decide to tour my grand city, the Circle Line offers tours as short as one and a half hours, or an evening cruise in the harbor. Consider taking at least one boat ride … or if you travel down to the Memorial for 9-11, take a short walk and ride on the Staten Island Ferry, a very short, sweet way to enjoy the harbor.
Romance is the most popular genre fiction, the glue that holds a good relationship together, and the secret desire of both men and women.
It is celebrated in song and sonnet, in short and long tales, on the big and small screen, and for those traveling to New York City next week at the RWA National Conference, it is the ultimate experience for a romance writer.
Romancing The Big Apple can last a lifetime.
It is why millions choose to pay high rents, endure rush hour on the subway or ignore her ticks and warts … why millions travel from all parts of the globe to embrace her, to call her home, to take back memories that never fade.
I can only hope that for those of you who have never seen or felt her, that one day you have the opportunity to embrace what I have known all my life.
It is called The City because there is nothing like her. And although some of you may balk or tell me the wonders of your city, she is the ultimate, The City that never sleeps, the true City of Lights and the best little island anywhere.
To be fair please I’d love to hear about your favorite city.
Tell me her name and why you think she is the best.