Railroad Ferry Terminal, Jersey City, NJ

 
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Built in 1913, this was one of the doorways to the New World. New immigrants would be ferried here from Ellis Island to catch their trains to the mainland and western destinations.

It was also a major rail ferry port, with loading docks for trains to ride across New York Harbor. The trains are gone now - all the tracks torn up, with prolific wild weeds growing where the mighty steam engines once whistled and belched powerful black smoke while waiting to load up passengers or freight.

The white tent cannot be erased. it's a sign of these times. To go to Ellis island or the Statue of Liberty, everyone must first be screened - just like air travelers. Immigrants were once screened to enter the United States. Now their future generations are screened to go search out their roots. What goes around comes around.

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Guest - Sep 12, 2007 05:54 PM EDT
Thank you for all your great comments, Carol, Steve and Mary. So many modern buildings lose any pretense to charm - but I thought this one especially attractive - only the tent spoiled it somewhat. Vicki
Guest - Sep 12, 2007 05:36 PM EDT
I also like the architecture. Very nice shot and I like the frame too Vicki! :)
Guest - Sep 12, 2007 05:23 PM EDT
A wonderfully proportioned building. It seems to have a sort of Flemish influence to me.
Guest - Sep 12, 2007 04:16 PM EDT
Beautiful architecture! carol

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