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Approaching Liberty Island

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.

Liberty Enlightening The World (and me)
 

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.

Ellis Island Mansion
Had to go through an even more stringent security check to get into the Statue, including one of these air blast sensors. 

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.

Woolworth Building

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.

Bridge Supports And Cables
Once here I headed through Cadman Plaza Park and down to Brooklyn Borough Hall, where I jumped back onto the subway. For some reason I had a notion to go to Greenwich, so that's where I went. Found a Gray's Papaya shop and went in and got something to eat. Walked about a little and decided it was time for a well earned beer and found a pub to go into.

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

davidthephotographer says:
Could you please fill me in on iron bru haha!
Posted on: Feb 23, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Think I might need to do a review of Irn Bru for this site Karen, that can then be shared with the world, that people can learn of it's medicinal and remedy qualities ;) and that it isn't some sort of toxic time bomb :D
Posted on: Feb 08, 2010
Mezmerized says:
hahahahahahahahahahaaha not coming in with that bottle of iron bru, deadly weapon :-) You need to educate the world on these things Ian, against Iron Bru discrimination..
Posted on: Feb 08, 2010
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Approaching Liberty Island
Approaching Liberty Island
Liberty Enlightening The World (an…
Liberty Enlightening The World (a…
Ellis Island Mansion
Ellis Island Mansion
Woolworth Building
Woolworth Building
Bridge Supports And Cables
Bridge Supports And Cables
Staten Island Ferry from Battery P…
Staten Island Ferry from Battery …
Ellis Island from Battery Park
Ellis Island from Battery Park
The East Coast Memorial
The East Coast Memorial
The Immigrants
The Immigrants
Ticket Office Inside Clinton Castle
Ticket Office Inside Clinton Castle
Pier A
Pier A
Merchant Mariners Memorial
Merchant Mariner's Memorial
Korean War Memorial
Korean War Memorial
Manhattan Over The water
Manhattan Over The water
looking Back To Pier A From The Bo…
looking Back To Pier A From The B…
Statue Of Libertys Original Torch
Statue Of Liberty's Original Torch
Statue Figure In Museaum
Statue Figure In Museaum
Bronze Cast Of Statues Foot
Bronze Cast Of Statue's Foot
Looking Up Spiral Staircase Inside…
Looking Up Spiral Staircase Insid…
Wiew From The Crown
Wiew From The Crown
Pointy Bit :D
Pointy Bit :D
Liberty Island Flag
Liberty Island Flag
Ellis Island From Top Od Pedestal
Ellis Island From Top Od Pedestal
Empire State building From Liberty…
Empire State building From Libert…
Looking Up At The Statue
Looking Up At The Statue
Service Pier
Service Pier
Leaving Liberty Island Ferry Pier
Leaving Liberty Island Ferry Pier
Statue Of Liberty From the Boat
Statue Of Liberty From the Boat
South Manhattan From The River
South Manhattan From The River
Flag On Ellis Island
Flag On Ellis Island
The Sphere
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Old Customs House
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Coenties Slip Park
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South Street Seaport Area
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Fulton Market
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The Peking
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The Wavertree
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Brooklyn Bridge From South Street
Brooklyn Bridge From South Street
City Hall Park
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Random Building
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City Hall
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Apartment Blocks Beside Brooklyn B…
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Walking Over The Bridge
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Empire State From Brooklyn Bridge
Empire State From Brooklyn Bridge
Back Down To South Street Seaport
Back Down To South Street Seaport
Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge
Heading Into Brooklyn
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How Sweet It Is
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War Memorial Cadman Plaza Park
War Memorial Cadman Plaza Park
Cadman Plaza Park
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Korean war Veterans Plaza, Brooklyn
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Brooklyn Borough Hall
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Statue Of Christopher Columbus, Br…
Statue Of Christopher Columbus, B…
Jefferson Market
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Greenwich Street
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Grays Papaya
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