I Believe In Ferries

I had a job in Staten Island, opting to self-report, sailing at dawn feeling like Sinbad the Sailor.

I’ve written many times about the Staten Island Ferry, how wonderful it is and the best deal in town, since it’s free.

Toss in The Statue of Liberty as your hostess, and what more can a thin girl ask for on an early September Sunday.

I always think of my mother who loved her so.  Her eldest sister, my Aunt Tillie, lived on the Island, so when I was small we’d often visit.  I remember a tiny, red kitchen with pictures of Jesus and JFK on the wall, while she cooked spaghetti and chain-smoked Larks.

This was before the Verrazano Bridge was built and you could still take your car across.  My dad wouldn’t even be at a full stop when my mother would jump out yelling at me to hurry, “Get a seat, get a seat, on the right, on the right, so we can see the lady!”

Left coming back the other way.  “Look Sue, she’d say,  “she’s home, and waving at us.”

It was as if my mother knew the statue personally.  I could almost hear her on the phone from Connecticut, “Hi Lib, how ya feelin today.  Did ya eat?  I’ll bet it’s chilly there in the harbor.”

I thought, as I sat facing her bundled in my hoodie, no one else at 6 a.m. seated outside, with what’s been going on in our beloved country…bombings, hatred…a cut throat election with candidates hard to trust, it was really great to see her, and just like old times, she waved right at me and I’m pretty sure said…

“Don’t be afraid Susannah, I’m here, Liberty reigns no matter what.”    getpart

Photo…Leigh Carlson


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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18 Responses to I Believe In Ferries

  1. A Sunday treat from Susannah with a side of family to boot! How wonderful. I love hearing about your family. Those Italian ladies were great cooks.

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  2. Lucky. 🙂 I love ferries, but here I’m surrounded by corn with no large bodies of water to be seen. Someday I’d like to go ride the Staten Island ferry.

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  3. Gail says:

    Beautiful photo. I didn’t know the ferry was free – so surprised.

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  4. micklively says:

    Port out, starboard home, posh with a capital P. Lionel Jeffries would be proud of you.


  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, the Lady is certainly an inspiring sight. And I hope your job went well.

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  6. Lord knows there have been days when Lib just wants to thrown her crown in the Hudson like the rest of us, but she doesn’t. She knows we’re better than this, even when some of us our acting weak and small.
    I could just imagine you shivering as you sailed by giving Lib a wink.

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