If you happen to be in New York City in the next several months, a trip on the Staten Island ferry could be in order. The free ferry (where you can still buy a beer) is one of the ways to view the city’s newest outdoor art display—four man-made "waterfalls" cascading into the East River.
The waterfalls are located at the Brooklyn tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 35 in Manhattan, Piers four and five in Brooklyn, and on the north end of Governors Island. Standing between 90 and 120 feet tall, the waterfalls churn 35,000 gallons of water per minute.
The art installation is the creation of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. According to The Washington Post:
"I wanted to do something appropriate in scale and fitting to the city," Eliasson said at a news conference at Pier 17 yesterday. While much of Manhattan's ethos is about consuming space, he said, this project is meant to encourage reevaluating relationships with space and with nature. At his side, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the falls symbolize "the energy and vitality that we have been bringing back to our waterfront."
The waterfalls will be on display until October 13th. Evenings may offer some of the best viewing as the waterfalls will be lit after sunset. In addition to the Staten Island ferry, good views can be had on the free Governors Island ferry, downtown Circle Line boat tours, Manhattan-bound B or D trains, Brooklyn-bound N or Q trains, and of course at various spots along the water.