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A July 2010 trip to New York by Liam Hetherington

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Quote: For centuries many people's first glimpse of North America was New York City. On my first ever visit to the USA I followed in their footsteps.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor...

Statue of Liberty

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Attraction | "America's New Colossus"

Statue of Liberty Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
It was the poet Emma Lazarus that created the legend. Her poem The New Colossus mythologised the new statue that had been erected in New York harbour, gave it a symbolism greater than the one originally intended. In her words this personification of liberty now became ‘Mother of Exiles’, her ‘beacon-hand glow[ing] world-wide welcome’ to those who braved the arduous voyage across the storm-battered Atlantic from Europe in search of a better life – the poor, the desperate, the destitute, those that possessed naught but a steerage-class ticket and a hope of a brighter future. The sky-thrust torch was the symbol of that brighter future. The poem continued:Give me your tired, y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York, New York 10004
(212) 363-3200

Trains and Boats and Planes (and Feet)...

Grand Central Terminal

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Attraction | "Another Hundred People just got off of the Train..."

Grand Central Terminal Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
Once given leave to stay by the authorities on Ellis Island immigrants would be funnelled to New York’s train stations, from where they would be distributed out across a continent. Grand Central Terminal was always the biggest of these. But as its name – terminal – implies, it was also the end of the line, and domestic migrants used it to flock to New York to try to make good their dreams. In Copacabana Lola has ‘just arrived, track 17, all the way from Tulsa’ ; in Sondheim’s Company a character remarks that ‘another hundred people just got off of the train’. Grand Central is a place of arrival and a place of departure – how romantic, and how fitting for my first visit to t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Grand Central Terminal
87 E 42nd St
New York, New York
(212) 340-2210

Ellis Island and Immigration Museum

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Attraction | "Island of Hope, Island of Tears"

Ellis Island and Immigration Museum Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
If the Statue of Liberty was the symbol of a new life in America, the neighbouring Ellis Island was the reality – an institution of the state wherein federal employees put a value on each human life.In order to control and restrict the number of immigrants spilling out at the New York docks one central inspection and processing centre was required. The location chosen was an island out in the bay named after a Welshman, Samuel Ellis. Opening on 1st January 1892, by the time it closed for good in 1954 some 12 million people passed through its doors.Its aim was to weed out those who would not be a benefit to the nation. Experts were employed to asses the health (phy...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Ellis Island and Immigration Museum
Upper New York Bay North of Liberty Island
New York 10004
(212) 883-1986

Quote:
These days international travellers come not by ship but by plane. This means that they will generally land at either New Jersey’s Newark International Airport or New York’s JFK International out on Long Island. Flying with Delta from Manchester we touched down at JFK.I have to say my memories of JFK are not great ones. The airport is rather run down and dilapidated to be honest – not exactly a great advertisement for the city. Upon arrival we had to walk down endless narrow grubby corridors with ‘70s decor and missing roof-tiles. Upon departure we couldn’t help but notice no less than 11 kite-like devices attached to the ceiling of Terminal 3 with hose running down from them to cat...Read More

Brooklyn Bridge

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Attraction | "Crossing Between Two Cities"

Brooklyn Bridge Photo, Brooklyn, New York
Quote:
New Yorkers are inordinately proud of Brooklyn Bridge. It was completed in 1883 to connect the then neighbouring cities of New York and Brooklyn (Brooklyn was not swallowed up by New York until 1898). This was the first connection between the two other than by boat. At a stroke it transformed the area – for the first time commuting between the two cities became possible. Communities in the Lower East Side packed up almost overnight and moved out to the wider spaces and clearer air of Brooklyn, to be replaced by the next wave of immigrants. For the next twenty years it was the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge
Access At Tillary Street And Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY

The Multi-National Metropolis

Big Onion Walking Tours

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Attraction | "Eat The Poor"

Big Onion Walking Tours Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
New York is a city of immigrants. Each culture gave a little of itself to the make-up of this great city, particularly in terms of cuisine. This is a city whose bagels, frankfurters and old-school Italian restaurants are part of its image. In 2009 I foolishly attempted to win a bet by trying to eat myself ‘Around the World in 80 Meals’ – I maintained that it was possible to find food served from 80 different nations without leaving my hometown of Manchester. And I managed it – just about ! But how much easier, I found myself wondering, would it have been in New York ? ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

Big Onion Walking Tours
476 13th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215
(888) 606-9255

United Nations Headquarters

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Attraction | "Leaving the US without Leaving NYC"

United Nations Headquarters Photo, New York, New York
Quote:
I am – like most IgoUgo-ers I imagine – by nature an internationalist and I love the diversity of the world’s cultures and the differences that come from crossing a border. And one border can be crossed without even leaving New York City. Technically the ground whereon sits the headquarters of the UN is international territory and is generally accorded extraterritoriality. There are no passport border posts, but there is a thorough security screening in a tent outside the main building watched over, at the time of my visit, by Caribbean troopers in blue UN uniforms. Having studied international politics at University I could not wait to book myself on a tour of the UN Headquarters....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2010

United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue (at 46th Street)
New York, New York 10001
(212) 963-8687