New York City - June 28-29, 2007
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June 29, 2007
 
On this day we woke up early with plans to take the ferry out to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  As with the Empire State Building, you want to get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

We headed for Grand Central Terminal to take the subway to Lower Manhattan.  First we had to figure out how to purchase our Metro Card. 

There was a gentleman there that worked for the Transit Authority that was very friendly, helpful, and handed us "The Map" published by the MTA.  Then we had to figure out which stairway to go down to head south.  We rode the green line and got off at the Bowling Green stop.  It was short walk to Battery Park where the ferry for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island was.
 

This sculpture, which used to be at the World Trade Center, was relocated to Battery Park. The plaque, pictured at right says,

"For three decades, this sculpture stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center.  Entitled "The Sphere", it was conceived by artist Fritz Koenig as a symbol of world peace. It was damaged during the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but endures as a icon of hope and the indestructible spirit of this country.

 The Sphere was placed here March 11, 2002 as a temporary memorial to all who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.  This eternal flame was ignited on September 11, 2002 in honor of all those who were lost.  Their spirit and sacrifice will never be forgotten."
 
The ferry we got on went to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  You can get off the ferries and get back on when you are done visiting the island. Circle Line was the active ferry company when we went.  While we were there, we heard on the news that there is another company that won the contract for the ferry service.

View of the coastline before the ferry took off. The low building to the left is Pier A at Battery Park.

 

We did not get off at the Statue of liberty because I was traveling with someone who does not "do stairs" and we were on a tight schedule.


The Statue of Liberty
http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm

 


A sailboat passed us in the ferry as we headed toward Ellis Island in the background of this photo.

 

Ellis Island
http://www.nps.gov/elis/

From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, including a few of my relatives.  Although most of my relatives entered America in the 1600 and 1700's.

 


Ellis Island Main Building

 


"Ellis Island: from Gateway to Museum"
This is the first display you see when you enter the museum.  Showcases the type of luggage the immigrants brought with them.


"A Two-Way Street: Immigration vs. Emigration"
A graphic model showing basically what the title says.
Red is departures, blue is arrivals.

 


"Millions on the Move: Worldwide Migration"


"The Wood Tree: Ethnic Americanisms"
On the tree are some of the many different
words used in America and their ethnic origins.

 

The Registry Room

The informational plaque says, "Nearly every day, for over two decades (1900-1924), the Registry Room was filled with new arrivals waiting to be inspected and registered by Immigrations service officers.  On many days, over 5,000 people would file through the space.  For most immigrants, this great hall epitomized Ellis Island. 
Here they encountered the complex demands of the immigration laws and an American Bureaucracy that could either grant or withhold permission to land in the United States....."
 

When we arrived back to Battery Park, the circus had arrived and so did the crowd.  So if you decide to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, go early to catch one of the first ferries.  The lines were long and there were street vendors and street performers everywhere.

View of Lower Manhattan from the ferry on our return

 

Street Performers at Battery Park

 
We left Battery Park and went south to catch the Red Line back up north at the South Ferry subway stop.  We saw the squirrel below on a park bench as we left.  The church/shrine below was on State Street as we walked towards the subway station.
 
A squirrel at Battery Park just lookin' for a nut

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
http://www.setonshrine.com/

 

  We got off the subway by Times Square.  My travel partners were looking for tickets for a Broadway Show.  I just snapped a couple of shots along the way.
 



Photo taken from Broadway facing south where Broadway crosses Seventh Avenue by 45th Street


 

The Church of Saint Mary
 the Virgin located on
 46th Street in the
Theatre District

http://www.stmvirgin.org/

 
I wanted to check out the FAO Schwartz store in upper Midtown Manhattan and caught a subway there in the Grand Central Terminal.  I snapped these shots while I was there.
Grand Central Terminal
http://grandcentralterminal.com/

Besides being a bus, train, and subway terminal, there are stores and restaurants.
 


Inside the lobby at Grand Central Terminal

Real gold chandeliers (according to the website)
 
Later this evening I went to dinner with a cousin while my travel partners went to a Broadway Show.  My cousin and I went to dinner near my hotel and then headed back to Grand Central to catch the subway north to the area by The Met and Central Park.
 

The Marymount School on the corner of 5th Avenue and 84th Street

http://marymountnyc.org/

 

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art as seen from the corner of 84th Street

http://www.metmuseum.org/

We did not have time to go inside.

 

 

Central Park

http://www.centralpark.com/
http://www.centralparknyc.org/
 


The Obelisk in Central Park
http://www.centralpark.com/pages/
attractions/obelisk.html

Belvedere Castle

http://www.centralpark.com/
pages/attractions/belvedere-castle.html

 
 


The Ramble


We walked around in this
area. Although, it may not
be very safe in the evening.

http://www.centralpark.com/pages/
attractions/ramble.html


The Belvedere Lake  looking east.  A part of
 the Great Lawn can be  seen on the left.


King Jagiello Monument
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Jagiello_Monument
 

The Lake is currently undergoing a
 restoration project.  So some of it has
 been drained while the Central Park
Conservancy works on it.


Picture of skyline from The Lake are at
Central Park.  The roof of The Dakota can be
seen in the center

 

Some of the beautiful foliage around the park
 
Bethesda Terrace Plaza and Arcade

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/
press_releases/press_releases.php?id=19863


http://www.centralparknyc.org/site/
PageServer?pagename=virtualpark
_southend_bethesdaterrace

 

 


The Bethesda Fountain with sculpture
 "Angles of Water"
Considered the heart of Central Park


Minton Tiles on the ceiling inside the
Bethesda Plaza Arcade

Walls inside the Bethesda Plaza Arcade


Caught this image of some dancers practicing
 a folk dance.  I am not sure of the European
country of origin.


Relief sculpture inside the
Bethesda Terrace Arcade

I give up looking for information on this sculpture.  It is located on Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) between Central Park South ( 59th Street) and 58th Street.  There are 10 men sitting on a steel beam and I remember reading that is was a tribute to steelworkers.  If anyone has any info on this, please contact me.
 

October 3, 2013