Time has simply run away from me since my last post. Finally today, after a trip down the Hudson River, you get to meet Lady Liberty.
Even though I've visited New York City in the latter part of August it still stirs my heart with fond memories of an awesome visit to New York City. If this is the first time you join me on the journey, welcome! If you've been chewing your finger nails in anticipation of the next leg of the journey, then I hope that you are not disappointed.
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Watchtower: 3:25pm. This is the world headquarters for the Jehovah's Witnesses and their publication - Watchtower Magazine. They've been in the area since 1909 and own several properties here.
|Pier 17 - this is where our cruise began. I just love the skyline.|
|What a backdrop! It gives you a bit of an idea of just how big these buildings are.|
Beautiful architecture. I can't help but imagine how much these buildings must weigh so close to the edge of the water.
|United States Coast Guard|
Many, many windows. Would the term 'geometrical' apply here at all? (Geometrical: Relating to simple shapes forming regular patterns. relating to simple shapes, especially when these form regular patterns
|Abandoned pier in New York Waterfront being renovated.|
Interesting contrast between older and newer architecture. I can understand a little bit better how Donald Trump can fall in love with beautiful buildings.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, living memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust.
Now this is Hollywood material. Isn't that beautiful? I'm tempted to say it: Just like in the movies! ha-ha
Here the new World Trade Center building is more visible. This building will consist of 105 floors, whereas the previous towers were 110 floors each. If I remember correctly, the progress is at around 73 floors thus far.
|New York Department of Marine and Aviation (Pier 40)|
Although it was quite a rainy and windy day on the water everyone tried to sit where they'd have a good vantage point for Lady Liberty.
|Hyatt Hotel - a distinguished name in the hotel industry and one of over 420 hotels worldwide.|
The Pier Apartments - Here's a sneak peek inside - I like! (It doesn't look like much during the day but it looks pretty at night with the lights on.)
Central Railroad of New Jersey terminal (also known as Communipaw Terminal) - In Algonquian language Lenape the word Communipaw means big landing place at the side of a river and it is said to be the first port of entry to America for an estimated 10.5 million people. This terminal was built in 1889 and was in operation till 30 April 1967. It has been listed in both the New Jersey, as well as National Register of Historic Places since September 1975, and it is also a New Jersey State Historic Site. I can not believe that this building has been standing for 122 years. That is longer than what most people are alive. Wow!
The terminal has sat abandoned since the early 1970's. Today it is one of the important sites of Liberty State Park and houses a museum. Numerous fares, concerts and other sponsored events are held on the grounds and parking lot and it is also a great spot from which to see the 4th of July fireworks.
Ellis Island, America's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. It has housed the Museum of Immigration since 1990. The entire island has been owned by the US Federal Government since 1808 - over TWO CENTURIES! - Remarkable! Which brings us to the third, and perhaps most famous of the Liberty State Park trio: The Statue of Liberty.
Do I honestly need to put a caption on this one? ;) OK then... just in case - this is the infamous Statue of Liberty - "(Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde.) Designed by Frederic Bartholdi, the statue was a gift to the United States from France and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a robed female figure (Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom), bearing a torch (liberty) and a tablet (tabula ansata) evoking the law, with a broken chain and shackle at her feet, has become an icon of freedom and of America. The spiked crown represent the 7 seas and the continents. The date of the American Declaration of Independence is inscribed on the tablet: 4 July 1776.
Before the tour started we were browsing in some souvenir shops. Everywhere Lady Liberty appeared a green-blue-ish color. I eventually wondered whether it was cheap or a bad quality look-alike but no, the real one is the same green-blue-ish colour. Then, reading up about it, I found that the statue is made of copper. It is the process of oxidation - the chemical reaction between metal and water. Almost unreal to imagine that it looked similar to this at one time:
Now, bear in mind that this photo (above comparison) is photoshopped (Source: www.visualnews.com) I think it looks a bit too golden, but if it was gold I'm certain that it would not have ever been on display ha-ha)