Staying Afloat: A Photoessay Of NYC's Waterways

A view of Lower Manhattan from the Hudson River | © Smart Scott Photography
A view of Lower Manhattan from the Hudson River | © Smart Scott Photography
Photo of Scott Griffin
27 April 2016

New York City in the warmer months is a vibrant experience to say the least. With so many attractions to see, new modes of transportation become available as the weather becomes increasingly clement – they can even become attractions in and of themselves. We take a visual tour of NYC’s bodies of water.

Trains, cabs, and bikes are all popular ways to travel around New York, but the city makes fantastic use of its island status by incorporating water travel into its culture and various methods of transportation.

Passengers de-boarding a commuter ferry boat | © Smart Scott Photography
People enjoying a day overlooking the East River | © Smart Scott Photography
People work on raising a sail at the South Street Seaport | © Smart Scott Photography

The most visited park in the United States, Central Park, houses one of the city’s largest reservoirs. Though it has been decommissioned since 1993, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir remains a highly popular city attraction, complete with a 90-year-old fountain near its center.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir | © Smart Scott Photography

The Statue of Liberty is surrounded by water – a magnificent landmark to behold from land, but even more spectacular up close by ferry.

A small boat travels by the Statue of Liberty | © Smart Scott Photography
Boats in the Hudson River | © Smart Scott Photography

The Intrepid Museum, docked on Pier 86 near Hell’s Kitchen in Midtown Manhattan, is housed within a real battleship and serves as one of New York’s most unique attractions and exhibition spaces.

The Intrepid Museum | © Smart Scott Photography

If luxury is your preference, then perhaps yachting is more your scene. A terrific way to take in the New York City skyline, rent a yacht and cruise the Hudson. For those of us who prefer luxury but can’t afford it, gawk at the yachts from the Boat Basin Café.

A yacht rides the river | © Smart Scott Photography

For a little less luxury and a little more convenience, look no further than the Staten Island Ferry. Now operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the ferry takes passengers from the South Ferry terminal in Manhattan to Staten Island. Better yet, it’s free.

Commuters board the Staten Island Ferry | © Smart Scott Photography

For a unique guided tour of New York City’s boroughs, the Water Taxi is a popular option for tourists. This alternative form of ‘taxi’ allows participants to get up close and personal with NYC attractions and see the city from a completely different perspective.

Visitors enjoy a water taxi tour | © Smart Scott Photography
The sun sets on the Hudson River | © Smart Scott Photography

By Scott Griffin

‘Smart Scott’ Griffin is a NYC based photographer. Inspired by early 1980’s art, his style challenges individuals to always view people and life experiences from a fresh new perspective. Follow him on Instagram: @smartscott

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