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November 1, 2013
From journal Exploring America's History
Gravesend, United Kingdom
December 6, 2011
From journal New York Weekend break part Deux
Sunderland, United Kingdom
December 19, 2010
From journal My first visit to the 'big apple.'
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 12, 2010
From journal Welcome to New York
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
October 8, 2010
From journal New York on a budget
St. Augustine, Florida
October 29, 2009
From journal Must-See Visits in New York City
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
January 1, 2008
From journal A Week in New York
July 30, 2005
From journal Long Weekend in New York
November 9, 2005
It was a superb day when we visited with clear skies and we weren’t too surprised when we met a large queue at the ferry terminal. We stood in line for our tickets and then again for access to the ferry, but our wait was not boring as there were a variety of street entertainers and a number of souvenir stalls to peruse.
The journey was exciting – this after all was our first visit to the "big country" – and as liberty loomed closer we began to realise the vastness of the figure. It must have been an awesome sight for immigrants as they, fatigued from their long ocean crossing, saw this vast symbol of hope towering before them. I guess they’d feel relief alongside nervous excitement as they prepared for their new life.
I was a little surprised at the scale of the statue and was intrigued to hear that her index finger is 8 feet long, her nose 4½ feet, and the overall height a staggering 151 feet. "Liberty enlightening the world", to give her full title, commandeers the eponymously named island and dwarfs the hundreds of tourists that poured off the ferry to frantically explore her innermost sanctuaries.
There are some superb views across the Hudson River to Manhattan and tidy gardens around the statue, but the main attraction is the statue itself. So we climb the steep staircase up the massive plinth and make our way inside. There’s a superb exhibition explaining the history of the statue with some of the original moulds and first casts in plaster. The explanations and historical notations are short making for an easy but explicit read of the progress of this impressive work of art.
The original lantern is on display in the middle of the statue. It’s impressively large when you’re standing up close and personal with it. It was given a rest after being at the top of the statue for just over a century. Some routes around the statues innards become quite congested with visitors and you’ll need to be patient as you weave your way around the narrow staircases that give you access to different levels of Liberty.
But nothing beats the experience of approaching by ferry and seeing one of the world’s most famous statues for the first time.
From journal A first trip to New York
Los Angeles, California
July 3, 2007
The idea of the Statute of Liberty conjures up many different ideas of what it is, but almost everyone’s first though when they see it is "wow, it’s small." The Statue is 152 feet tall and weights 225 tons. France gave the statue to the US in 1865 as a sign of friendship and close historical ties between the two countries (France helped the US win their independence from Britain during the Revolutionary War). The ferry for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island leaves every 15 minutes from Battery Park starting at 8:30am. Tickets ate $12 more if you want an audio tour. If you want to go into the Statute then order the monument time passes online. They sell out quickly, and when you get to the Statue the lines are LONG to get inside, even with the pass. Get to the park early, because you need to pass through security. The ride to the Statue of Liberty takes about 15 minutes.
There isn’t much to do on Liberty Island. There is a gift shop and usually a park ranger giving talks about the history of the Statue. When getting back onto the ferry to the Ellis Island is careful of which ferry you board; one heads to Ellis Island and then back to New York and the other goes to New Jersey. Ellis Island was my favorite of the two destinations. The space in the complex is devoted to the history of the island and the immigrants who passed though it. Tourist can learn about the whole process that the immigrants went thought once they arrived in New York through photographs, documents, and even quotes from the people who were there. Other exhibits such as "Treasures from Home" show off items that immigrants brought with them from home, and "Ellis Island Chronicles" tells the history of the island itself. How it started as fishing to how it grew in size from 3 acres to 27 acres. There is also a show for an extra $6. The show Island of Hope/Island of Tears is decent. It lasts 25 minutes and tells the story of a few immigrants and their journey to Ellis Island. It was decent but reminded me more of a bad High School play then a professional production.
There is even the American Family Immigration History Center, where for $5 you can research your family. All you need to know is the name of the person who came through island and you can find a wealth of info. My search lead me to a manifest of two people who could possibly be my great-great grandfather, but what I didn’t know is that they both came over with family members that I never knew about.
From journal New York, New York