21.12.2013 - 02.01.2014 0 °C
We started our day with a visit to the Statue of Liberty this morning.
We were very grateful for the tip from our friends Jenny and Ian who suggested we get the first ferry over from Battery Park or the lines on the island get very long. There were are lot of people on the later boats coming over, while it was busy we didn't need to line up being there earlier in the day.
While I was excited to see the Statue of Liberty. I wasn't prepared for experiencing the emotion of the significance that she has played as a symbol for freedom of those who immigrated to America for a better life. We visited the museum which showed how she was made and displayed letters written by people who immigrated in the early 1900's. In this they described how they felt when they saw the Statue as they arrived after a long boat journey to America. It was really great to read their journey and views. I am not a huge fan of museums but this was one that we all found informative and interesting - if you visit the Statue of Liberty be sure to have a look through the museum in the base of the statue.
By the way...... Did you know the reason the Statue of Liberty is green?
It is made of copper and when the rain mixes with the copper, it turns the copper green.
I never knew she was made of copper, or even wondered about it........ But it's really quite interesting!
We saw Ellis Island from the boat, we chose explore other areas of Manhattan instead.
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From Battery Park we wandered down to the financial district and Wall Street, to explore what this looked like and look at the sculpture of the Charging Bull. It seems so did every other person visiting NYC - this was an incredibly popular destination to visit. Whilst there we saw Wall Street, this was fenced off and had guards out the front - we were surprised by the level of security.
We wandered the area a little more being in awe of the large buildings such as American Express, Chase Bank, another Tiffany and co and the new World tower in the distance. You will notice in the photos below, the doorman of Tiffany's even wears a scarf in the famous Tiffany blue.
Next we decided to head to Katz deli for lunch, as we were looking up google maps in the subway when a local asked if we needed help. Following a chat he suggested that Katz deli was too far and recommended a place called Cozy Soups and Burgers. So we thought why not and headed there. It was great for the boys, with onion rings to die for, a peanut butter milkshake and fresh lemonade. It was in West village, which was perfect for us to visit Washington square park - see photos of the arch below. Also to wander along to Bleeker st to get a feel for the area - what a great neighbourhood with some quirky shops. I found an amazing vintage clothing shop, it was hard not to buy from here! Teen1 came across a chess shop that sells chess boards and pieces and has chess games going on out the back. It was awesome...... He also purchased his first serious chess board from here.
Following this we caught the subway uptown to visit the American Museum of History. As mentioned I am not a lover of museums, but it was great to see the building from the movie night at the museum as well as some of the exhibitions that explain the local wildlife to NY. This was interesting to learn about. When the heat of the museum began to make us sleepy we decided it was time to leave - 7 days into this time zone, our bodies still get extremely tired late afternoon (which is around 7am Sydney time) we think our bodies think we have pulled an all nighter and are trying so hard to get us off to sleep!
We wandered back to our apartment from here and stopped in at Zabars (a supermarket/deli featured in 'you've got mail') this place has a deli, fish counter, bakery counter, cake and sweets counter and ready made home cooked meals like spaghetti and meatballs or lobster bisque to heat and eat...... So this was perfect for our dinner.
Walking in NYC really is a great way to see the neighbourhoods and get about. However it seems an unusual thing for people to walk more than a few blocks..... We are here in winter, that may explain why we haven't noticed the locals walking for more than a block or two.... Or perhaps we are just a little eager or crazy!
Also good to know if you are travelling to NYC, the subway and bus system is very easy to use and another good way to see New York City. The subway stairs are marked with signage which identifies if the subway is for going uptown or downtown, you just need to know which number or letter train you need to get onto.
Until tomorrow - goodnight from NYC!