New York City at night: A view from the Hudson River

downtown Manhattan at night

The life of an actor in New York City
I have to be honest with you. I have a bit of a wacky life. A few weeks ago, I volunteered to be a costumed dancer for a House of Yes boat cruise party for the people at The Facebook post that was soliciting for people who would dance, in costume, mentioned “free food and booze”.

I’m not into drinking, but I figured that dancing for a few hours in a costume and eating delicious free food and snacks on a boat that was cruising around the Hudson River for a few hours would be fun. So, I Facebook messaged the “House of Yes” contact, got the details, and, at 5pm, was meeting the other volunteers in a circular room at the top deck of a 3-story boat that was docked in the Hudson River.

boat in Hudson River at Pier 40, Manhattan, New York City

“How tall are you?” Asked Eric.

“Six feet.” I answered.

“Do you mind being Elmo. I think you’d fit him.”

“No, not at all,” I said.

“The head probably stinks. Sorry. It hasn’t been washed in a while.”

“Oh. Okay. No worries.” I put on the head and zipped up the costume. It had a slight odor but it was mainly coming off the fur on the outside. Those poor people would have to feel the funk. Ba-dum-dum!

Elmo in NYC

My dancing made up for it. I was dancing for hours. With everyone. The girls and women were especially receptive to dance with an Elmo that was happy to be there.

Because I was dancing so much, I didn’t get a chance to eat except for two snack plates and I reminded myself to drink a lot of water. Someone handed me a rum-and-coke and that was a mistake because, after that, Elmo was dancing the drunken-monkey and even rolling on the floor at one point.

A view of New York City from the Hudson River
As evening rolled into night, I took a long break on the upstairs deck to cool off, and that is where I captured some beautiful pictures of New York City at night. In the pictures, you can see downtown Manhattan, and the bridge, from the view of the Hudson River. Enjoy.

New York City sunset

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New York City bridge

New York City evening

New York City at night freedom tower

downtown NYC at night

downtown Manhattan at night

NYC bridge at night

cruise boat on the Hudson River at Pier 40, Manhattan, New York City

After the dance party mayhem, I walked to the subway, enjoying the cold night air. I was tired, but happy.

walking to subway in downtown Chelsea, NYC

At the subway station in NYC

About kris kemp 28 Articles
Hi. I'm a writer, musician, photographer, actor, traveler, and the author of the rails, my first novel. Currently living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, learning storyboarding, writing the sequel to 'the rails', and hosting people in the loft-built, shared space in my room via AirBnB.

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