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A Ferris Wheel in New York City

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On June 8, 2019, I walked with some friends (including our own Victor V. Gurbo) from the edge of the Bronx to Brooklyn. Photos from the walk (which was ultimately cut short at about 20 miles by my Roosevelt Island Tram-inducded vertigo) of a red car on Roosevelt Island and a falcon on the Queensboro Bridge have already been featured in the [web]pages of the instant online writing magazine. The first major point on our walk was the Triborough Bridge, also known as the R.F.K. Bridge. Its spans not only have entrances and exits in three of New York City’s five boroughs (Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens), but also Randall’s Island, which along with Ward’s Island sits between the three boroughs. I featured the Triborough Bridge in an article about some unusually placed steps in the middle of one of its spans. Today, I feature my favorite photo from the June 8, 2019 trip: A Ferris wheel seen from the Triborough Bridge.

Nicholas A. Ferrell's photograph of a ferris wheel from the Triborough Bridge pedestrian walkway

Sadly, I do not remember the exact location of the Ferris wheel other than the fact that I took the photo from one of the spans of the Triborough Bridge. I *think* that it is on Randall’s Island (a search brought up a Yelp result for a Ferris wheel just off the Triborough Bridge on Randall’s Island that would fit). The only alternative would be Astoria in Queens. (If you know for certain where it is, feel free to send a message.)

While I am far from a professional photographer and I lost the original version of the photo (I retrieved this copy from Google Photos, where it had degraded a bit), the photo came out surprisingly well. My photos from the day were a bit hit-or-miss, but this one is clear. The fuzzy rails and fence of the Triborough Bridge create an interesting juxtaposition against the Ferris wheel, which can be seen without anything between. I like that the park was empty for the photo, which I most likely took some time close to noon that day.

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