Saturday, 7 May 2011

HOLIDAY - New York Day 4

New York 2011
New York 2011

Thursday was a day for iconic landmarks and we started off by heading straight down to the docks for a boat to Liberty Island. After some airport style security (and 10 minutes trying to get my boots back on after being instructed to remove them to walk through the metal detectors) we were on the boat.

It was a bit of a grey day, but despite that the views from the boat of both the Statue of Liberty and the cityscape behind us were awesome. We didn't go up into the statue, only a few tickets are released each morning and we were much more interested to see it from the outside. My zoom lens came in handy allowing me to capture some good close-ups.


New York 2011
New York 2011


The heavens opened and the rain poured down as we arrived at our second port of call, Ellis Island. This for me was the most fascinating place on the entire trip. Seeing the history of America's melting pot of cultures was so interesting as was discovering the pictures of the abandoned site before it was renovated in the 1980s. After its closure it was left just as it was and allowed to fall into ruin; some of the artifacts have been put into display cabinets and provided a snapshot into that moment in history before its new purpose had been decided.

New York 2011

I also fell in love with the architecture and style of the building. They've done a great job putting it back to it's former glory. We ate at Ellis Island thinking a panini wouldn't be the heaviest option... once again, American portions left us stuffed. We each had a plate full of kettle chips left over while the little old lady next to me polished her whole plate off and was on dessert. Amazing appetite!

New York 2011
New York 2011

We left Ellis Island mid afternoon to visit the World Trade Centre site and museum. There is plenty of building work in full swing at the site now as the development of a new office block, museum and two tribute pools in the footprints of the two iconic buildings takes shape. The memorial museum set up by victim's families was a fitting tribute and extremely moving. I struggled to look at all the personal pictures of those who lost their lives but something that I did appreciate even more than before was the courage of the emergency services and the unending energy they must have had to go back into buildings, climbing dozens of flights of stairs to get to people.

New York 2011
New York 2011

On the walk back to the apartment we passed H&M, and noticing the price tags I just had to go in... $100 dollars later and my bags were full. I was immediately drawn to the sheer beach dresses (of which I bought 4) which can be layered over each other. I also went for some lace trimmed cycling shorts to wear under dresses this summer. 

Dinner was a quickie in Shake Shack, I opted for a super-spicy hotdog which was taste-tastic. The Shake Shack is fast food but everything is prepared to order so it feels a bit fresher than some places.

New York 2011
New York 2011

 Earlier in the week we bumped into someone selling comedy show tickets and the Comedy club (The Comic Strip) was literally a couple of blocks from our apartment so it was well worth $10 each for an evening of entertainment, we decided to make it our Thursday night out.

About 10 acts performed in total plus a few extra up-and-comers (who obviously weren't being paid) as the crowds departed. I loved the frozen cocktails here and my drink of the holiday was an amaretto frost which was amazing closely followed by a melon snowball. Luckily, although we were sat close to the front row, we didn't get picked on really. Being the day before the royal wedding we had several of the 'haven't you got a wedding to go to' comments. It's surprising how much the Americans knew about it, but more on that in day 5's post...


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