Statue of Liberty - Well at last I was up close to the Statue of Liberty!!! Something that I had seen on TV and in films countless times, but to see it for real was brilliant!
There are tours of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Statue of Liberty is situated on Bedlo's Island. It was unveiled on 28th October 1886 and is 151 feet high.
On the trip the boat stops first at the Statue of Liberty where you can get off if you wish to have a look around, but unfortunately you are no longer allowed inside the statue. You than can pick up the next boat to go on to Ellis Island, or just stay on the boat.
The museum on the base of the statue is fine, and it's possible to climb to the statue's crown (although these seem to be still closed after the events of September).
In winter, the boat crossing to the island is not a pleasant one; it can get absurdly cold with the wind.
Located on Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty is the work of the French sculptor Bartholdi with the help of Gustave Eiffel. The Statue was exhibited in separate parts. First the right arm and the torch were shown at the Philadelphia Exhibition in 1876, then the face and the body at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1878. In October 1886 the statue was officially inaugurated. The left hand holds the Declaration of Independence, with the historical date of the 4 July 1776, and in the right hand a golden torch.
Visit America's immigration museum on Ellis Island. 12 million immigrants passed this way as they first encountered the 'Golden Land' between 1892 and 1954. In 1984 the buildings were entirely renovated.
This is an opportunity to get a picture of what was and is a symbol of freedom to people everywhere. To be completely honest with you, it is possible to get good pictures while approaching and leaving the island by ferry. The crown is closed (recent security concerns) so I haven't had the desire to spend much time on the island when better pictures can be had without having to wait another half an hour to get on the next ferry.
If you plan to go to the top of The Statue of Liberty,
You have to be the very first ferry out in the mourning. And you have to be one of the 1000 only to get a ticket to the top of the crown.
It's a Great view. And everytime you see the Lady of Liberty on TV or in a paper advertisement you'll remember that you made it up all those dam stairs.
If you're interested in history, a visit to Ellis Island is a must-see. This place is where many migrants to the US first landed, and it's quite fascinating. You can read more about it on the Ellis Island website.
The Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
Both of which epitomise New York, and both are architectural feats in their time!
These are indeed tourist traps, but what's a visit to New York without a visit to these places?
Great opportunities for a wonderful view of New York... especially on a clear day.
The best place to see the New York City Skyline in the evening:- next to the River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn. There is a small pier built about few years ago. The view is awesome. Or take a Staten Island ferry, it is the cheapest way..free as the ferry will turn around back to Manhattan. you can see the Status of Liberty too.
Another obligatory stop is the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty is many many times shown as a symbol of freedom for the United States. Many times it is the symbol for NYC as well. At any rate, everyone knows of the Statue of Liberty. It was a gift from France in the 1800's. Anywho, it is an impressive piece of work. You can visit the island, and then wait in line for a long time to go inside! You can walk up stairs to a vantage point near the base. The stairs continue up to the very top, but if the weather is too hot, you won't be allowed up there. It's very stuffy, apparently, and it was closed off since the temperatures up there were above 100.
I could have spent a little longer here, maybe. Really, this is a wonderful place, sitting on an island near the Statue of Liberty. So, needless to say, you have to take a ferry to it, which goes to Statue of Liberty first. Anyway, this place was a famous entry point for many many immigrants coming into America, especially in the early part of the 1900's. This is where immigrants were sometimes unfairly entered into the U.S., manytimes by corrupt officials. Aside from that, though, the building is neat. There's a museum inside as well. There are some computers lined up, too, where you can look up relatives who may have passed through Ellis Island. Outside are rows of metal sheets that list many people who passed through this place. So, maybe why this place was neat to me... my grandfather is listed, as he entered the U.S. through here.
Lady Liberty stands approximately 151 feet tall from her base to the top of her torch. The inscription on her tablet reads 'July 4, 1776,' in Roman numerals, the date of America's Declaration of Independence from Britain.