Picturing Manhattan: Views from a Boat Tour

One way to get some great photographs of Manhattan is from the water. A few weeks ago, we decided to take a boat tour around the city. It was a bright, sunny day. Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures combined with the sun made the sky a little hazy. I was able to capture some good photographs, particularly of some of the bridges, but the skyline photographs were not as clear. Still, I think even those turned out pretty interesting!

There’s no better way to see the bridges of New York City than from a boat. I got some good shots of some of the most iconic ones. First, here are a couple of different views of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Next, here is one of the George Washington Bridge. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the George Washington Bridge, claims that it is the busiest bridge in the world–but you couldn’t tell that from this photograph!

George Washington Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Chinatown, makes for a good photograph or two.

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And here’s the Williamsburg Bridge, connecting the lower east side of Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

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And finally the Washington Bridge (not to be confused with the George Washington Bridge), connecting the Bronx to Manhattan. I like the combination of stone and steel on this bridge, which was built in built in the 1880s.

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It’s possible to get some interesting angles for photographs of the downtown skyline, including good view of One World Trade Center, now the tallest building in the Western hemisphere.

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If you go on the right day, you may even get some photographs of sailboats on the water.

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Of course, Manhattan boat tours also include the opportunity to take photographs of the Statute of Liberty, so here are a couple of those:

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Here’s one last shot from the back of the boat, as we traveled down the Hudson River during the tour.

Hudson River from the boat

A little bit more about the tour: There are a lot of boat tours out there. We chose a tour that went all the way around the island of Manhattan because we had never had the opportunity to see the northern part from that vantage point. The tour lasted 2 1/2 hours, which to be honest is too long, especially in the sun. We splurged and upgraded our tickets with the promise of better, reserved seating, no lines, and free water. The seats were still not that comfortable, but they probably made it easier to get good photographs. For most people, a shorter tour that goes around the southern end of Manhattan would be sufficient–you still have the opportunity to see many of the bridges and the Statue of Liberty, and there are plenty of awe-inspiring views of Manhattan.

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