Fed up with traffic in the City? Then hop on a water taxi! It's really one of the least expensive ways to see the city waterfront, including the Statue of Liberty and a great way to get a sense of New York as a port.
One World Trade Center, previously referred to as the Freedom Tower, is rising quickly from Lower Manhattan. While it will never erase the memory of the tragedy of September 11, it is comforting to see that gap in the skyline slowly filling again.
To give you a sense of the tower's progress, here is a rendering of what it will look like when it is completed in 2013. With the spire, it will be 1,776 feet tall - a reference to America's independence date - and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (3rd tallest in the world).
I had an out-of-town houseguest last weekend who mentioned that she'd still feel uneasy going up in it. I can understand. The first time I went up into the Empire State Building after 9-11, I was a bit nervous. Of course, I was going to go see my income tax accountant...
Finally, I couldn't resist taking a photo of these beautful fresh strawberries, the first of the season.