No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn ( or later :D )
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Had booked tour of Statue Of Liberty today, so wasn't intending getting up that early. Still woke up bright and early though and headed out to supermarket to replenish supplies in the room. That done I headed for the subway and it was a straight train all the way down to South Ferry station.
I soon realised how bitterly cold it was, to the point of being painful, as I wandered through Battery Park, though mostly it was my hands taking the brunt of it as I had to keep taking my gloves off to take photos. There are quite a few interesting bits and pieces in Battery Park, but to be honest I was expecting more of it. Found the ticket office for Statue Cruises, inside Castle Clinton, a little round fort. Spent a bit of time sheltering in there trying to heat myself up a bit before I went to get my ticket for the boat.
Wasn't that busy and queue to get through security and onto the boat wasn't that bad, in fact it was inside the building. Problem for me was I had a bottle of Irn Bru with me. Had it in my jacket and it went through the scanner and the guy pulled it out. He didn't know what to make of it :D, and before I knew it there were 4 of them over questioning me about this strange substance. In the end I had to take a drink out of the bottle in front of them before they let me through with it.
Crossing over to Liberty Island was perishing, and I would go out and take a few pictures and then duck back inside for a heat and then out again. Arriving on the island I had to find out how to get onto the Crown Tour. Found one of the Rangers and I had to go into the Information Centre and register, and they give you a wrist band to go up to the top.
When the time came to go up it was OK for the first bit up to the top of the pedestal, then you come to the metal spiral staircase. It's steep, and not very big and I had to stoop all the way up for risk of hitting my head off the stairs above. Got to the top and there was just one couple up there, in front of me, so I had no problems getting to view out of the widows in the crown. After a bit another couple arrived and as the girl looked out the window, the guy got down on one knee and tugged her arm and then proposed to her. Suppose it must be a bit like the Eiffel tower for that. Headed back down and out onto the pedestal and took a few more snaps.
Not much else to hang about on the island for, so took the first boat to arrive. It stopped off at Ellis Island, but I decided to give that a miss. Back at Battery Park I decided I would go to the Brooklyn Bridge and decided to walk it. Along the way I came to South Street Seaport, where there are some old looking buildings, a market and a few old ships. Got some good pics of Brooklyn Bridge from here and then carried on towards it. Cut up and came to the front of the Woolworths Building and beside it City Hall and then decided i was going to walk across the bridge.
Well worth walking the bridge as there are some great views from here, and it only took about 25 minutes to get to the other side.
After that I headed back up to Times Square, and after another look about there decided I would go for dinner. Before I had left Glasgow someone had mentioned Bubba Gumps where I had a Cajun Chicken Burger served in newspaper. Didn't quite get the point of that as they still put it in a basket . Washed down with another few beers it wasn't as pricey as I had expected it to be, but it wasn't cheap either. Beer was $5, as compared to the $8 I had paid in the Hard Rock Cafe next door the previous night.
With the TB meet up scheduled for the next day I decided to be a good boy and head back to the hotel reasonably early, and anyway I knew what there was in the room ;) , so even with the best of intentions it was still after midnight before I got to my kip :D