“What did they expect, a red carpet over the West Side Highway?” limo driver Anthony Ariola told the NY Daily News. “It’s a ships terminal over there.” That’s what the man in the street thinks about the fact that the first thing passengers getting off the opulent Queen Mary2 will be the seedy far West Side of Manhattan.
QM2’s arrival in New York harbor today completed her grand maiden voyage as history’s largest passenger, and most luxurious cruise ship.
Traffic slowed as she sailed up the harbor past the Statue of Liberty. When the passengers — who paid from $1869 to $27,500 to cruise the Atlantic on the fabulous ship — land, they’ll be smack across the street from Larry Flynt’s lap dancing parlour and a bunch of all night car washes.
Hey, you don’t like it? Go back to Iowa.