Photo by myself on the FDR near the East River.
Above, the view of the Manhattan Bridge in the morning, from the FDR.
I was heading north on the FDR Expressway when I took this photo. In the background is the Brooklyn waterfront.
A meeting at 8:30am uptown means leaving from Brooklyn at 7:30am at the latest. I wound up finding a yellow cab by sheer luck in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and hailing it.
We raced across the East River, then up the FDR Expressway, up the east side. Then across to 85th and Fifth Avenue. The cost? About $45.
Usually I'd take the subway, but for various reasons, I was cutting it close, hence the cab. There was a small traffic jam on the FDR which gave me heart palpitations and the sweats.
If you're ever trying to get somewhere quickly, it's usually much, much more cost effective and faster to take the subway.
Related posts: From the Edge of DUMBO, The View from the Brooklyn Bridge, and Sunset, from Brooklyn Bridge Beach.