If I had to pick one place to visit in New York, it would be the Statue of Liberty. Without.Question.
I first visited the Statue of Liberty with my parents in the summer of 1965. I had been to New York City many times, both to visit relatives and as a tourist, but this was my first visit to Lower Manhattan. I have two memories of the visit. I remember climbing -- not sure if it was to the crown -- infinite steps and the sense of awe and wonder I took away. The sense of awe and wonder remain to this day. One of the great pleasures of my life was an office view of the Lady in the Harbor. My colleagues told me that the view would become routine and at some point I wouldn't notice it. That never happened. Every day the view was brand new to me.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the United States in 1886. It was designated a national monument in 1924. The lines, as you see below, are ever present. It is highly recommended that you buy your ticket ahead of your visit. If you wish to visit the crown -- my memory of infinite steps -- those tickets are often reserved six months ahead.
"I lift my lamp beside the golden shore."
"Stand beside her and guide her thru the night with the light from above."
If you're unable to get tickets a great view of the Statue and all of New York Harbor is via a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The half hour trip is without cost, but the views are priceless. I took this picture returning from a minor league baseball game in Staten Island last July.
Sunset over Ellis Island
You may be able to coordinate a visit to Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration when you visit the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island is a fascinating repository of the twelve million who passed through there as a first step to America.
I hope during your visit to New York you have the opportunity to meet Lady Liberty.
I'm just about halfway through the alphabet in this series of posts for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm at that moment where I don't think I can begin to do justice to the wealth of sights to visit in New York City. Please come back and visit. We will be going to some great places.
As ever, thanks for visiting and enjoy the week!