Liberty & Ellis Island,Manhattan tour with friends

Trip Start Mar 31, 2008
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Monday, June 16, 2008

A fun filled day with friends from South Africa. J was so excited. We met up with our friends at Battery Park. It is referred to as the "Emerald Doorstop to the Metropolis" or the Manhattan's "front lawn". We took the Statue Cruise Ferry to Liberty Island then on to Ellis Island.
 
The statue is of a robed woman holding a lit flame, and is made of a sheeting of pure copper, hung on a framework of steel with the exception of the flame of the torch, which is coated in gold leaf. It stands atop a rectangular stonework pedestal with a foundation in the shape of an irregular eleven-pointed star. The statue is 151 ft (46 m) tall, but with the pedestal and foundation, it is 305 ft (93 m) tall. We were unable to get the monument pass which takes you inside the Statue of Liberty. In 1890 Ellis Island was chosen as the immigration station for New York. Between 1892 and 1954 Ellis Island welcomed twelve million new immigrants to America. Ellis Island was abandoned for more than twenty years until it was named a national monument.
 
We walked from Battery Park to view Ground Zero. It's amazing how many people flock to this site. When you arrive there, it's not a scene of destruction but a busy construction site.
 
We made out way down Wall Street, which is the financial industry of Manhattan. Wall Street was the first permanent home for the New York Stock Exchange. Up though China Town, which was buzzing with a hive of activity. We had people approaching us on the street corners with a photo catalog of fake hang bags. Through Soho to Bleecker Street, The Village and visited the top of the Rockefeller Center, the 360 degree view of Manhattan was very beautiful. Soho is an acronym for SOuth of HOuston Street. To the streets of Time Square, the most bustling square of New York City is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and signs. It's one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps. That is enough for one day.
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