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Old Ferry Boat

Old Ferry Boat, 1964
Oil on canvas
Gift of Grace La Gambina, 92.40.7

These were beautiful ferries once. For a nickel, you could get on board and get away from it all. They used to have musicians -- old-timers -- playing from Battery Park to St. George.
Vincent La Gambina

La Gambina planned an expedition to Staten Island to "find out where the ferries were kept at night," from which this painting resulted. He equated the decrepit boat at a repair dock in St. George with the fate of "people who are deserted when they are old." This particular old, out-moded ferry had been supplanted by the modern vessels of the 1960s.

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