“You can live however you want in New York City,” an artist/mentor once told me when I was a teenager. She was right. I’ve lived in New York for over ten years and I keep discovering what kinds of experiences are possible in this city.
I thought I hated boats. I grew up in Maine and boating was part of my existence. While I loved exploring islands and the rocky coast, I also grew to loathe the tedium and seasickness that I felt when I traveled long distances by boat. As a result I’ve avoided myself from most things maritime since I was a teenager. However, like everything that I once thought I didn’t like, I recently reconsidered.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve been reading Anne-So’s breathtaking accounts of re-learning to sail and then taking a trans-Atlantic journey via sailboat, but boating has been on my mind lately. When our friend C. offered to take us sailing on his father’s boat I had to jump at the chance.
The boat was moored at City Island, a small island off the Bronx that feels like a New England town: seafood shacks, clapboard covered houses, and the air full of wheeling gulls. C’s Dad reviewed safety and protocol aboard and soon we were hoisting sails and settling in for an afternoon on the water. When we cut the engine and were propelled by nothing more than the wind and could hear the waves slapping against the side of the boat I felt like I was in a space connected to my memories growing up, the place where I am from and the where I am now. Looking back to the Manhattan skyline from across the glittering water, I felt like we weren’t just floating off an island off the Bronx, but in a space that was all its own. That’s why realized I needed to rethink my feelings about boats: they are a world apart, no matter where their port of call.
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love it. love your hair, love your shirt, love the pics. i did something similar… you rent a boat and if you pay an extra 20 bucks you get unlimited bar. wish i could remember the name… you take a cruise by the statue, etc. i’m sure you’ve heard of it. you’re cute.
Thanks so much! What a good idea to rent a boat! I think I’ve gone on a similar trip for a friend’s wedding. I liked this boating experience because it was so small – just four of us! Love your blog, by the way!
Sounds/looks like a great time! I agree that boats can give you a totally different perspective on a place. Last year I went on a little boat ride in Prospect Park, and it was amazing to view the surroundings so differently… people were even fishing!
Hey Eleanor – so great to meet you at Chelsea’s this weekend! We had such a wonderful time. Here are the blogs I mentioned:
French Essence: http://vickiarcher.com/
Young House Love: DIY projects http://www.younghouselove.com/
Mine, haha: http://www.twinthusiasm.com
Looking forward to reading yours!
Thanks, Cara! Can’t wait to check those out! Always love good blogs to read. So lovely to meet you as well and good luck with your blog and your twins! – Eleanor