Monday, April 6, 2009

My World Tuesday - Statue of Liberty

In 2007 we visited the Statue of Liberty with 2 of our grandsons. Prior to their visit, Michael had told us there were three things he wanted to see someday: the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell. We also were attending the first birthday party for our youngest grandson in nearby New Jersey and only told the boys that's here we were going. The New York part was a surprise. They got their first look at NYC from the Jersey Turnpike. We checked into the hotel and then took a drive into the city. Taking a wrong exit got us to the Holland Tunnel rather than the George Washington Bridge. We went down towards the Battery, turned west along the Hudson, then cut into the center of the city. Saturday we visited the Statue of Liberty. Liberty Island is in New York Harbor and is only accessible by ferry. Here is the view waiting to board the ferry.

The ferry also stops at Ellis Island, once the port of entry for many who immigrated to the US.

And we got a grand view of Ms Liberty as we approached the island.

Here's a shot of Marianne and the boys with the Manhattan skyline.

We had passes to visit the museum gallery and observation level of the pedestal. After September 11, 2001, the island was closed for 100 days. Access to the museum and pedestal (but not the statue itself) was reopen in August 2004. The original torch was removed in 1984 due to corrosion and is now on display in the museum.

The museum tells the story of the creation of the statue and has examples of the formed copper that makes up its exterior.

Access to the crown observation area may be reopened, but it is a 22-story climb. Here is a view of the pedestal and statue. The observation deck is a narrow walkway just above the windows. It is 90 feet above ground.

And here is the view looking down.

On our way back to the hotel we made another pass through the city. So the boys got to see a number of landmarks from ground level: Empire State building, United Nations, Times Square, Central Park, Holland and Lincoln tunnels, the George Washington Bridge. Sunday we celebrated Winston's birthday and drove back home. For more views from the pedestal see my (link Bridges of NY) post yesterday.

12 comments:

Tabib said...

Beautiful and grand statue.
Great photography!

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful trip for all of you! Your photos are gorgeous! The one of Statue of Liberty took my breath away. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great week!

Marites said...

the 2nd frm the last pic is striking as the clouds formed like smoke from the statue's torch. The boardwalk pic gave me a trip down to memory lane as we also had a pic there with my relatives during a NY visit.

chrome3d said...

Many great photos in your set. Kids in front of that huge feet was fun. That statue and lonely cloud for a flame was a nice one too.

erin said...

what great photos of ms. liberty...just great. as i mentioned prior...have not made that trip and am hoping to do so in the future. thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us lew.
have a good day.

Arija said...

What a great place to visit and you have shown us some wonderful photos along the way.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Wonderful Lew, I have only sailed past of the Staten Island Ferry, but I'd love to get closer.

Barb said...

Great pictures of the NY skyline and Ms Liberty!

Louise said...

The shadow shot is great. I went there over Thanksgiving in my junior year of college. I've always been sad we didn't wait the 4 hours to go up because now we'll never be able to. I have some of the very same photos you do. Terrific post!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is amazing..I agree with Marites..The statue's torch was well place..Superb Composition! BTW I am an ardent traveller.
I have started a new blog that shows my passion for traveling—unseenrajasthan

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