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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
June 6, 2011
Our holiday in the USA,
Cambridge, United Kingdom
September 10, 2004
From journal From Old York to New York
New York, New York
April 24, 2005
Stand along the back railing of the ferry in either direction. They offer the best opportunity to see the city and maneuver from one side to the other.
A great little bonus trip is to check out a minor league baseball game with the Staten Island Yankees. See http://www.siyanks.com/. The stadium is within walking distance from the ferry and a lot of fun.
From journal The Caves of New York
February 10, 2005
The ferry ride was nice and peaceful and allowed for some great skyline pictures of New York City. The view on the New Jersey side is amazing, even on a drizzly Sunday morning.
We took the first stop to Ellis Island. This museum contained so much history about those who passed through here into the United States. The museum and exhibits are both interesting and enjoyable, and you might just learn a thing or two. Within the museum were exhibits about how immigration breaks out by country, time period, men vs. women, etc., as well as what those immigrants had with them or how they dressed.
Also within the complex is a library where you can search for relatives who may have passed through Ellis Island. For a minimal fee, you can use their computer system to find out any information. My wife was lucky enough to find her great grandfather, the boat he travelled, his actual signature in the manifest, and information about him. It was amazing to see that this histroy was right here, and it was so personal for her.
we also took a quick trip by the Statue of Liberty (we did not stop, as the kids were getting a little restless). The ferry boat moves around the statue before docking to allow for some great pictures of Ms. Liberty.
From journal New York in a Day
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 20, 2005
She stands 151-feet tall and lifts her lamp up 305 feet above the ground. Emma Lazarus’s well-known inscription, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free... send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed, to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door," is engraved in her book.
To get to the statue, you need to take the boat from Battery Park. Since the statue is run by the National Park Service, there is no charge to see the statue. You do have to pay for the ferry ride over. Currently it is $10pp. You will then make your way over to Ellis Island.
Ellis is where many immigrants were processed as they arrived in America. From 1892-1924, it served as the nation's busiest immigration center. It later served as an army hospital. It was closed in 1954. But a $160-million restoration project restored it to its former beauty, and it was opened as the Immigration Museum in 1990. After spending some time here, you can climb up the statue. Since 9/11, the status of Lady Liberty is always changing. Before heading out, you might want to check for any changes.
Did you also know that the Statue of Liberty is also a lighthouse? In 1886, she was also commissioned as a harbor light. The light in her lamp has been a guide to ships for many years. On the ferry ride over, you can spot the Robbins Reef Lighthouse, built in 1886. For more lighthouse information go to .
Stating no one should come to New York without visiting her great Lady is easier said than done. No matter what time of year you come here, avoid going over the weekend if at all possible. We went in October, and there was probably a 3-hour wait. Then, who knows what will be going on? We came back the Tuesday before we left, and something was going on, so it was closing early! There are several other ways to see the statue. You can see her from Battery Park or from atop the Empire Statue building. Or the boat tour companies offer several tours that include a close encounter with her. Circle Line cruises offers several different cruises that feature the lady. Their website is .
From journal A southern belle in the big city- New York City
Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
August 19, 2011
From journal New York Baby
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
October 13, 2010
From journal New York on a budget
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
February 24, 2008
From journal Pausing in New York
August 6, 2006
From journal Trip to New Jersey and NYC
by The NYC Expert
July 4, 2000
From journal New York Confidential