I want to try and touch on The City and the people that call New York home. Now often spoken of as a Sanctuary City..where the people are protected.
from http://www.apsanlaw.com/law-246.List-of-Sanctuary-cities.html Sanctuary city is a name given to a city in the United States that follows certain procedures that shelters illegal immigrants. These procedures can be by law (de jure) or they can be by action (de facto). The term most commonly is used for cities that do not permit municipal funds or resources to be applied in furtherance of enforcement of federal immigration laws. These cities normally do not permit police or municipal employees to inquire about one's immigration status. The designation of Sanctuary City” has no legal meaning. .
Walking about the streets, riding the ferry's and subways and buses...is a visual smorgasbord. The people demand you see them. All the intermingling. When having lunch the other day in Astoria...school had just let out and streets were crowded with kids from every possible ethnic group..and they walked as one. That really does describe the City and it's occupants. And for sure...the Italians and the Asians and Greeks and folks from the Middle East are protective of their neighborhoods and what pertains to that, but as far as movement and learning to live with each other? It is obvious that people here are not living in anger, nor fear. The terrible event of 9-11 is seen as the past. It happened..now let us move on. Although there is a constant barrage of 9-11 'stuff' on the social media's in our world, the folks that live here? Reject it. That is not what they are living. Their response..or at least the response of people I have shared time with is...stop, with the vitriolic.
You...you can be angry and hateful and filled with spite. But don't put that on New York.
Just another ferry trip...
Man..there are so many fuel barges....New Jersey has a bunch of refineries. I don't know if this is oil coming in to them or filling nd going off to lighter ships.
Our first day on the wander we went over to Governors Island..here are some shots from the ferry, seeing the island from the water side.
We went back down to Little Italy and being lunch time...ate....at La Mela's...on the outside/street patio....
This is the doorman..David Valdes...wanted to shoot selfies..then us-ies...
This is in the Chinatown area....
On the way back on the Staten Island ferry we had an escort. It is a common enough thing....but was exciting to us.