Friday, November 14, 2008

A very long but great day...


Ellis Island...the first stop for many of our ancestors...a place of hope and tears...lot of history on this island...as it was not always immigration...

We are really here.

An amazing view as the fog lifted off the Hudson
Inside the First building on the second floor...this is where the main medical screening went on..and the assesments of whether these people could support them selves in this country...Many were deported at this stage...
Here she is...you can not go to past the platform...but it is 156 steps to the level above the oval shaped windows....the elevator was broken...
New York skyline at ground zero...not much to see there right now...the building on the right is the new World Trade Center...built where the church stood before 911....the towers are being made into water pools and a park will surround them...for now it looks like a mass of steel and cement deep in the ground...
The fire department that responded had to have seen the whole thing as it is RIGHT across the street from ground zero...pretty much the only memorial we could find was on the wall of the station...a street sign for "Liberty Street" is hanging inside now....mangled from falling debre again not much to see.
But here....is time square...now this was the best way to end the day...we ate street vender hot dogs...and watched the people it was amazing to be sitting there...on Broadway...wish we had known Grease was playing we would have gotten tickets...

So all the way to New York...I got pooped on by a sea gull...and then he stole my lunch...but that is ok...because i saw things I never thought I would see in real life...and believe it or not...the people we ran into in New York are much more polite than the ones in Seattle...I would go back again...we did not even get near Central Park...

So tomorrow off the Phillidelphia...Deleware...and DC....should be another educational day.

Comments on "A very long but great day..."

 

Blogger Stan said ... (10:41 PM) : 

Your tour brings back a lot of memories, not only of when I was stationed just north of New York and went to the city almost every weekend, but also to the time that your mother and I lived in Philly and went to New York to show her the sights. We did visit the Statue Of Liberty, but we had to take the stairs and were able to go all the way up to the crown. The stairway to the torch was closed for the season. The vendor hot dogs on the streets, remember those. My first exposure to putting sauerkraut on a hot dog! My first trip there in 1964, on Broadway they had a lot of dance studios. The pictures of all the girls were posted outside. You could go inside and for a $1.00 per dance you could dance with your selection. Keep in mind I was only 18 and fresh in from Homer, Alaska so I never went inside, but now that I am older and more worldly, I think perhaps something else was going on beside dancing. You think?

 

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