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The arrival of the Queen Mary 2 yesterday awed and excited New Yorkers, with thrilling moments like when the biggest ship ever (so far) plugged along under the Verranzano Narrows Bridge and passed the Statue of Liberty. The Post put the ship's size into perspective - it's "86 feet longer than the Chrysler Building is tall." Holy. New Yorkers oohed and aahed over a spectacle not seen since the decline of transatlantic boat travel. An East Village resident exclaimed to the Daily News, "I daresay colossal!" Gothamist knows where some of the money from the very expensive tickets is going - extra plates and crystal. During one of the storms, guests' room service shattered during swells.

There's a nice multimedia slideshow from the Times about the QM 2. NYC.gov has information on Queen Mary 2 festivities and viewing areas; they emphasize not to go near QM2 while it's in dock at Pier 92 due to security reasons. The big event will be on Sunday, when "both QM2 and QE2 will depart from the cruise terminal, at 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. respectively, sail down the Hudson River and slowly pass the Statue of Liberty at 8:30 p.m. with a fireworks display by Grucci."

Among the places you can see the ship: Hudson River Park public piers along the west side of Manhattan; Chelsea Piers (23rd Street and West Side Highway); Battery Park ; The Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (46th St & the West Side Highway); Shore Parkway in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; Staten Island near the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. And here is a map (PDF. Gothamist took a picture of the ship from Riverside Park South, at West 68th Street, where even the a huge building couldn't conceal the Queen Mary 2.

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