For the 20 plus years I've been taking the ferry into the city and looked at the many hills rising up out of the sea from the island, I figured there just had to be one section of at least one of those hills that would give me an equally nice view looking back towards the bay. Turns out everyone of them has a private home blocking public any access to any part of them.
Finally after endless searching on foot I found a spot that looked down from a hill to the water, though it looks toward the bridge and not that wonderful Manhattan skyline I crave to capture so much. This shot will sadly be one of the only ones I'll ever have to show for all my efforts, for when I came back a few months later to capture this scene after a snow fall, this last parcel of free land had already been fenced off. A prelude no doubt to another wonderful home being built here that will have another fabulous view of the bay from it's terrace, no doubt with an equally fabulous annual property tax bill to go with it.
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