(Addendum to “A Six Hour Vacation”)
We’ll take a brief interruption from our otherwise chronological order of posts to add a photo that will help readers visualize the New York City skyline I refer to in my August 28th entry, “A Six Hour Vacation”. In that post I commented on the skyline as seen from Long Island Sound, but as a poor or unprepared blogger (I hadn’t started this blog at that point) I didn’t get any photos.
Today, after ferocious cold over Thanksgiving, it warmed up and the wind calmed down enough for me to get out on the pond in my winter craft of choice, my Pygmy Boats “Murrelet” sea kayak. 17 feet of self-propelled sleekness and joy, designed by John Lockwood and built in the same shop as Grey Fox.
The highlight of my short paddle was stumbling upon this wonderful view of the city, late in the afternoon. I hadn’t planned on taking any photos, what with my hands hobbled by big neoprene gloves, but this was too good to pass up and I had my iPhone with me, so I risked it and got it out of its waterproof case.
In the digitally zoomed view you can see New York’s tallest buildings, including the Freedom Tower (far left); the Empire State building (just left of center, and looking down right puny next to…) 432 Park Avenue, cynically dubbed the Oligarchs’ Erection by certain friends of mine, just about dead center; and a couple of really tall ones on the right which include Central Park Tower, still under construction but which, when completed to its design height that’s 150 feet taller than 432 Park Avenue, will render that current biggest erection somewhat — shall we say, flaccid.