New York Experience
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Forgive me because I am typing this after a bottle of wine and the biggest glass of beer I have had in a long while... Stein anyone? This update will be for Friday only, as I am a little bit too drunk to type multiple entries J
OK, so yesterday as the title suggests was a New York experience. The aim of the day, see the fair lady and have a Broadway moment (it goes without saying that there was plenty of walking in between, when will we ever learn?)
Taking Kens advice (on Wednesday night) we went online to http://www.statuereservations.com/ to book our Statue of Liberty tour, two days in advance unfortunately these were well sold out, the best we could do was a Statue pass for Tuesday - this was just not going to work as we are flying out on Tuesday , so a ferry ticket would have to do.
Friday morning, lets just say that the transport system doesn’t get any easier as the time goes on. Subway, no issues. Caught the required express downtown got off at the right station and ventured down to Staten Island terminal, luckily for us we got there just as the ferry was about to leave ��" talk about luck! Quickly boarding the ferry we got a prime position up the front so we could watch as we came in to dock to do our tour of the Statue. Now, imagine our surprise when we passed straight past the Statue of Liberty and continued on to Staten Island, funny moment J
Ferries: 1 - Tourists: 0
Hopping straight back onto the ferry we went back to Battery Park, asked for some directions and walked around to the Liberty Island ferry (who would have guessed??!) Now the queue we saw, was the queue to end all queues, this thing was huge! There was a queue to join the queue to get your tickets, and then after taking 45 minutes to pickup the tickets we walked outside to a queue that was for a 2 hour wait to get onto the ferry.
I must confess, I have just woken up from a long slumber - so the story continues J
Walking out of Battery Park and saw ‘The Sphere’, a sculptor that was in the plaza out the front of the World Trade Centre (WTC). Seeing the sculptor was a sombre experience, it had been battered and dented as a result of those events and in no way prepared you for when you got to ‘Ground Zero’. The area is now enclosed by cyclone fencing and you can only use your memory to recall what happened, except when you look around at the buildings that surround Ground Zero. These all have new windows, the half of one building was closed and being rebuilt while the other half was still open for trade, while a building next door to the WTC was being rebuilt.
After the trip around WTC we went over to Century 21 for some shopping and onto Wall Street to look at the NY Stock Exchange and Town Hall. Getting anywhere near the NYSE is a feat in itself. The area is heavily guarded by police with security check points everywhere it was yet another reminder of the raised threat level for the US.
Getting back in line for the Liberty Island ferry we were able to get onto the ferry within an hour and this time made it to Liberty Island as planned. Ferries: 1 - Tourists: 1. the island was nice, and we had a good walk around, found out the history of the Statue of Liberty including why it’s green (copper oxidation). After the tour we went back to Battery Park, hopped back onto the subway and returned to our hotel and went out for the night time entertainment, Chicago.
We loved the show, the whole Broadway experience. The show was entertaining, full of energy and ‘all that jazz’ J The two leads Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin had a chemistry and on reading the bios later you understand why " they are married J
After the show, we walked through Times Square and it was amazing, as noted in the Lonely Planet - its where Neon goes to die! Even the police department was lit up in neon, very funny to see J
It was a long day and was good to go home and crash out.