Photo by myself along the East River.
The Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges in silhouette. Brooklyn lies across the water.
Manhattan is a little strange in that though there are parks located along the water, parts of the island's edge are still not developed. As you can see, there is debris and unpaved areas here.
It is very much an island looking inwards. All the mass transit aims toward the center of Manhattan, for instance. And Fifth Avenue, which is used to navigate everyone, runs up the middle.
Very often you will walk around the city and completely forget that really, you are surrounded by water. Very strange.
Related posts: Another View of the Brooklyn Bridge, The View from Brooklyn Bridge Beach, and The Brooklyn Bridge, in the Balance.