We sped down the river toward the Statue of Liberty, with music pounding and river water spraying the passengers on the outside of the speedboat and drenching those sitting in the back. We had judiciously decided to split up and sit midship on the aisle. (We were going to a show that night and did not want to be drenched all day.) The front of the boat bounced and rocked against the wakes of the other river traffic. We waved at the people on sailboats, Circle Line tour boats and ferries. Everyone was laughing, singing and pointing out the buildings of one of the most famous skylines in the world. It was a hoot. As we approached the Statue of Liberty the captain slowed the boat to talk about the statue's history; stopping in front so we could take pictures. It is a beautiful statue that we, or rather, I take for granted. If you get to the City, go out on the Beast. It is totally fun.