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The first part of my commute.

To get to my job in Manhattan, I travel 60 miles from my house in Newburgh. It’s not a short commute, but it is a pleasant one (most of the time), and I don’t need to use a car. The first part of my daily trip takes me across the Hudson River on a ferry. I get to do this on the way home, too. It’s a pretty great way to start and end the day.

Looking south, I can see Bannerman Castle off in the distance. Later, on the train, I go right past it.

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23 Comments

  • Reply woodley park-zoo July 24, 2008 at 9:16 am

    That looks absolutely lovely! I wish I could start and end my day like that. I’m amazed you do that every day (or do you only go in certain days a week?)

  • Reply Adam July 24, 2008 at 9:23 am

    I loved doing the commute with you, it really is quite relaxing and beautiful. An d I loved Aquanetta on the ferry- she was a riot! I’m assuming only authorized personnel can get onto Pollepel island to see the castle? I would love to go and take pictures of it.

  • Reply Janelle July 24, 2008 at 9:24 am

    That is beautiful, I wish I had a better looking commute. This is where I start my commute – http://farm1.static.flickr.com/165/439101961_c413ad1231.jpg?v=0 (Not my photo.)

  • Reply sandra July 24, 2008 at 9:48 am

    so fun to join you on your trip to work. everything looks so peaceful.

  • Reply carlyn July 24, 2008 at 10:33 am

    That is gorgeous! You must be pretty mellow by the time you get into the city.

  • Reply kay* July 24, 2008 at 11:06 am

    this would be such a fantastic way to start the day – especially during the summer and fall…

  • Reply Amy July 24, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    it’s so beautiful…
    and yes, definitely a nice way to start and end each day.

  • Reply superblondgirl July 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    That’s it, I’m moving. Driving over a bridge trying to peer through cars at the river has nothing on a ferry ride every morning!!

  • Reply Jess July 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    What a journey the water looks so pretty.

  • Reply modernemama July 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I love that view

  • Reply Michelle July 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, beautiful! But 60 miles away?! How long is your commute exactly?

  • Reply Jo J July 24, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Love seeing where you start and end the day! It looks wonderful. I find water very soothing first and last thing, too. Really restores me, and my perspective. Here’s where I start and end (just behind the trees at bottom left):

    http://flickr.com/photos/psundstrom/2532900533/

    (not my photo ~ I wish!)

  • Reply Alicia July 25, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Ha ha! And I complain about living 20 blocks away from my college. Ok, I don’t actually complain, it’s pretty sweet, but I could never live that far away from my job (or school)!

  • Reply Lillian July 25, 2008 at 4:27 am

    So beautiful!

  • Reply heather July 25, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I have a similar NY commute – I take a ferry too. It’s the only part of my day that I don’t have to rush. You can’t jump off the boat and try to catch a faster one. I have to agree it’s a nice way to start and end the work day – and you can’t beat the views!

  • Reply ashley July 25, 2008 at 11:24 am

    if i had a commute like this, i would be terribly excited to go to work each day. but then again, i’d be pretty darn stoked about leaving it each day, too…..

  • Reply Lisa July 25, 2008 at 11:52 am

    What a sight each day. It must be wonderful to watch the seasons change.
    Lisa

  • Reply Anna (a different one) July 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I take a ferry on my commute as well. I do like it in the summer- but I also hate the crowding that those months bring.

    I think I’ve ridden your ferry before! My in-laws live in Rockland and I’ve taken the Metro North to a boat many times.

  • Reply Anna (a different one) July 25, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    OH- and I had actually wanted to drop this link by you. Im reading your site on my Blackberry so I cant find an email address!

    http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bigmap/statenisland/southern/tottenville/bentleyst/index.htm

    This is from the comments on that beautiful house for sale near you. Staten Island *used* to be more expensive for the size, but is now right on par with that nice Victorian you showed. Unfortunately for all of us who put hard earned cash into these beauties, the market is making it less of an investment. 🙁

  • Reply Kiss Prudence July 26, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Beautiful! This is holiday territory! My ‘commute’ isn’t so picturesque…the only saving grace is that I can get home in 7mins flat!

  • Reply Julia July 29, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    If you have to have such a long commute, at least you have something really beautiful to look at! My 20 mile commute is all buildings, billboards, and construction.

  • Reply Tamar July 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Just discovered your blog and love it.
    We live in VT but the job situation here is very tricky…my husband is a cinematographer. Might have to move closer to the city and Newburgh looks like a very interesting location. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply joanna goddard August 5, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    this looks gorgeous! i live in manhattan but am claustrophobic in the subway so i’m considering taking the water taxi to work. maybe i’ll see you on the water! xo

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