Statue of liberty
I think no trip to NY would be complete without going to see one of its most famous icons, the Statue of Liberty.
We were on the Subway a 0830, having collected a sandwich for our mid-morning breakfast on the go. Arriving at Battery Park around 0910. There was a slight queue for tickets. When I got to the window, we were surprised to be offered a ticket up to the podium (we had tried to book tickets on-line the night before with no success).
Security and more Security
As the Statue is such a symbol it seems reasonable that a degree of security is applied; This was fairly normal air-line security. With the exception the "trained professionals" and I do use this term ever so lightly, have no clue what they are doing !! When you see a bag on the scanner with something suspicious, do not shake the bag and re-scan it, in fact they did this 3 times before 4 of them looking at the screen thought it was ok. Take it out of the queue and physically examine it !!
Board the Ferry
We like 99% of the people went up-stairs, and sat down. Pointless... as hundreds of other people stand by the rails, meaning you can not see.
There is a good Museum in the base of the statue, however - yes - security. This time the same as before (without the shaking), and you have all rucksacks taken off you by the Park Service (nice easy to use system - top marks).
The Museum is very interesting, and explains just how the Statue was built and how it is repaired (shock news... it is wearing out in places).
Real size face, build in the 1990's prior to restoration work.
I thought we were getting to the base of the statue but the outside. So I started up the stairs, after 2 flights of stairs Dora was questioning my route finding, as she just saw a sign saying there were another 176 stairs ahead. Anyway we plodded up the stairs in quite good fashion, puffing quite a bit by the time we reached the exit point.
What a smashing view !!
We were able to walk all around, and yet again look over the straights that had been totally new to us 3 weeks previously, but which we had seen countless times since.
This is where all immigrants to the US used to be "processed" on arrival - it is a massive set of buildings, and has many historical displays. The only slight issue here is neither Juliet or myself has any connection to the US, so looking up where/when your ancestors arrived - meant nothing to us.
When the ferry docks, it is a short walk to Wall Street where you will find the famous Bull statue. You will not be able to see it, due to the 000's of tourists who are standing around it. But it is there.
We plodded along Wall Street, and made our way to the Brooklyn Bridge. There is a join cycle path and pedestrian path there (sadly on the same day, there was an attack on the same type of facility just north of Battery Park - killing 8 people).
The bridge was packed with people, amazingly so; People who just stop, without checking is there is anyone fallowing them. I started pretending to be a local - grumbling loudly at people's inconsiderate nature.
The walk in the sun was wonderful, yet cold. The wind howling over the narrows.
I never remember this as being an important day when I grew up in the UK, but in the US this is a really major festival.
New York has one of the biggest Halloween carnivals, and we had already planned on seeing it. But we needed some food first. Just by our hotel was sort of a street food market.
With 1 major Avenue (6th) closed for about 20 blocks, just getting there was a little more difficult. But on arriving in the vicinity of the carnival, the sheer number of people meant that Dora was unable to see (due to her lack of height).
We move locations, and did eventually manage to get quite close to the parades. The costumes, bands, floats, dancers and music was excellent.
The police presence was very heavy, ensuring everyone was safe (especially after the earlier attack).
For the day photos.
For the Halloween photos.