05 New York City skyline (pre 9/11/2001) viewed from Atlantic Highlands NJ.  Sandy Hook NJ, now part of Gateway National Recreation Area, which is located in both NY and NJ and includes the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  The tallest buildings on the left are the World Trade Towers, and the tall one just to the right of the center is the Empire State Building. (From Wikipedia: a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until the construction of the World Trade Center North Tower in 1972, and is now once again the tallest building in New York after the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.) 04 When it opened in 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the world's longest suspension span. The ends of the bridge are at historic Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, both of which guarded New York Harbor at the Narrows for over a century. The bridge was named after Giovanni da Verrazano, who, in 1524, was the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor. (Source: NY Metropolitan Transit Authority)

Its monumental 693 foot high towers are 1 5/8 inches farther apart at their tops than at their bases because the 4,260 foot distance between them made it necessary to compensate for the earth's curvature. Each tower weighs 27,000 tons and is held together with three million rivets and one million bolts. Seasonal contractions and expansions of the steel cables cause the double-decked roadway to be 12 feet lower in the summer than in the winter. 01 You can see the World Trade Towers over the dock.  The ferry is derelict, about to be towed away for scrap.  The site is now a modern commuter ferry terminal. 03 The old ferry.