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American Museum of Natural History - Special Exhibition of the day

After a day in the rain, we hit the ground running this morning, with big plans to see a lot of the city.  It was cloudy every day we were in New York, but I was feeling good about today.  I was praying for no rain and lots of fun!  We walked to the American Museum of Natural History and got there just before it opened.  I won't go into much detail about the museum itself, but we spent a couple hours in there and had a great time.  They have a neat space exhibit and a planetarium as well as a room in the museum dedicated to meteorites.  I love outer space type stuff!  One of the other neat areas we checked out involved the peoples of the world.

Battery Park
..obviously, I have an interest in that!  There were dinosaurs and tons of other things in the museum, so check it out if you are in New York!

We left the museum and took the subway to the southern tip of Manhattan, to the area known as Battery Park.  It is from this area of the island that one can easily see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as take ferries to the various islands in the area.  After enjoying the view for a time, we got on one of the ferries that runs the circuit between the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and back to Battery Park.  We were fortunate to get some great views of Manhattan as the boat moved away from the dock and towards Liberty Island.  Once there, we got off the boat and spent the next hour walking around the little island.

Statue of Liberty
  I think my mom spent most of the time in the gift shop, but I let my mind wander to thoughts of what life would have been like for even my ancestors as they came over from Europe long ago.  Although there are plans to reopen the statue in the future, we could not go up into it at that time.

After a short wait, we boarded the next ferry to Ellis Island.  Ellis Island was the point of entry for many foreign immigrants coming into the US in an earlier part of the country's history.  I knew my ancestors had done just that over 100 years ago, so that made it special for me (and many others) to be there.  The building is now a museum dedicated to cultures and peoples from all other the world.  Walking into the building, you can feel yourself going back in to the time when the island was bustling with activity.

Ellis Island
  Immigrants trying to spell their names for the scribes and being given similar sounding English names.  Tears of joy, excitement, fear and wonder must have soaked the wooden floor.  There is a memorial outside the building, with names of families that had made and survived the trip overseas.  This memorial was created with the support of decendants of families that had come overseas; to get your name on the wall required a monetary donation - which took away from the power of the wall, but it was still touching to see all those names - and find my family name.

We took a ferry back to Battery Park an Manhattan from Ellis Island and realized that we would have to race all the way north to the Bronx to catch the game.  Fortunately, the red line subway runs from Battery Park all the way to the Bronx, so one quick ride got us right where we needed to go.

Yankee Stadium

We headed back into the stadium.  The weather had cooperated for us all day (for the most part), but would it hold up tonight?  I think I had left my poncho behind, so I was really praying.  This being the make up game from yesterday, the stands were quite empty.  One of the staff members came up to the small group in the bleachers and told us we could basically sit wherever there was an empty seat, so we took off and grabbed some great seats on the first base side of the stadium.  This of course made my brother's day and made up for yesterday's rainout.  Although the Yankees lost pretty badly, I have a million pictures in my folder of the game and each player multiple times.  I will be sure to only attach a few.  :)  The game was a fun way to spend the evening though, and the rain did hold off nicely.

On the next day, my mom wanted to do a sightseeing tour of the city...I'd never do one on my own, but what the heck.  How would it turn out?

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Yankee Stadium
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Wall of immigrants
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My mom and I
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Staten Island Ferry
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Looking at Central Park and Manha…
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The game didn't go well
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Yankee Stadium
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My brother the aspiring author
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Liberty and Ellis Island ferry
Liberty and Ellis Island ferry
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Manhattan from the ferry
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Ellis Island
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photo by: herman_munster