Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Natasha's Trip: Day 5

Today was a long, exciting day. We left the hotel about 9am and our first stop was Starbucks for my breakfast and then the girls got some donuts at Dunkin Donuts.

Natasha enjoying her morning Starbucks

We then headed downtown to Ground Zero. It was very sobering to read about the destruction and see the construction site - sorry no good pictures as it is just a construction site. They plan to build a Freedom Tower there and it is under construction now. There is a memorial set up that you can go through on tour but it was $10 and took 1 hour so we opted out.

Ground Zero

Next we walked down Wall Street where we saw the American Financial Museum and the Wall Street Bull on our way to Battery Park. In Battery Park is the what remains of the Monument that used to sit in front of the World Trade Centre.

The Wall Street Bull

At Battery Park we embarked the ferry to Liberty Island. The Statue of Liberty was our first stop. It was beautiful and huge! We were disappointed, however, to find that you have to book two days to one week ahead to enter the Statue of Liberty, so we weren't able to go up to the top.

Natasha, Amanda, and Rachel on the Ellis Island Ferry

Natasha on Liberty Island. NYC as a backdrop.

Natasha posing with the Statue of Liberty

Next we hopped the ferry to Ellis Island where we wandered around for quite a while reading stories and looking at pictures and watching a short documentary on the Island and the 12 million immigrants that passed through on the way to living the American Dream in the approximately 100 years it was open. I believe it closed in 1954.

I found Hoyers, Griffiths, and other family members names on the Wall outside which lists every single person who registered at Ellis Island. Of the 12 million that arrived at Ellis Island only 2% were turned away and shipped back to their homelands. The two main reasons for denial into the country were incurable disease and criminal record. It was very informative and interesting to see Ellis Island and the best part is, it's free.

We headed back about 5pm and then took the Subway to Little Italy where we found a charming Italian restaurant called Amica II Ristorante. We enjoyed delicious food and great company as the three Italian men, the Host, the Waiter, and the Owner, were very charming and entertaining. God bless Italians!

Natasha savoring Lobster Ravioli

Rachel and Amanda devouring the Lasagna

We then left Little Italy and wandered around Chinatown before heading back to the hotel for the night. However, our evening didn't end there, we did still a little window shopping and stop into Starbucks for a late night drink. I just finished my Venti Wild Sweet Orange Tea... YUMMY!

That's all for tonight folks. Tomorrow is a visit to Grand Central Station and then shopping on the agenda and hopefully getting home to PA at a decent hour.

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3 Smart Remarks:

Anonymous Susanna said...

Looks like you guys are having fun! I love your sunglasses, btw.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Mom H said...

Food looks great in Little Italy!
The lasagne looks fantastic!
Enjoy your last day in New York!

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Sandi H said...

Great pictures to match the time you are having. Looks like a neat place to visit.

8:53 PM  

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