The first time I saw Patty was on the foto here (fifth one) although when Jed sent that foto, neither he nor I could identify it. Ultimately I met Patty and her guardians (She accepts no other terms.) About two years ago I had the good fortune of crewing for a similar tow. Sunday I happened to glance at AIS and saw this blip just west of SeaGate/Norton Point, which told me to mobilize the hot air balloon/photography team**.
As we zoomed in, we caught Patty and tow . . .with West Bank Light in the distance, and …
the Parachute Jump off to port her port.
This has all the appearance of a “Patchogue floating home” coming across
the west end of Jamaica Bay, with its antipodes Breezy Point to the left and Norton Point to the right. For a post I did two years ago about the fascinating but incongruous wildlife in Jamaica Bay, click here.
of New York City, with its Barren Island-turned-airfield-turned-Barren Island Park and
And looking over into Queens and then Long Island, that in the distance is JFK (ex-Idlewild) Airport. After delivering its tow, Patty races
**Oh . . . I lied about the hot air balloon. A total fabrication . . . a shameless bit of dissembling that was, but it sounds so much more exciting than the prosaic “I hurried to southern Brooklyn for a shot from Gil Hodges Bridge.”
The final shot here of Patty in stealth mode trying to blending into April foliage . . . thanks to bowsprite. All others by Will Van Dorp, virtual hot-air balloonist photographer.
Someone asked why Patty has an awning: in addition to commercial tows, she does picnic charters!! A virtual Patty-of-all-trades.