Trip to New York – Day 1

Waking up at 7 and 7:30 we were on the road. Coffee and bagels from the corner canteen and wait for the ferry that will take us to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (sightseeing pass). We chose to take the first ferry to save time. In total, including the ferry, it took us 5 hours for both locations.

Approaching close we saw how big and imposing it was. On the island where the Statue of Liberty is located, there is also the homonymous museum with exhibits related to this world monument. An impression of his ear in life size, a model of the foot, original drawings that were “cut”, infinite information in images, screens and of course the flagship of the exhibits, the original flame that kept the statue when it was first installed. It was there, a meter from your eyes.

Ellis Island is the island through which 12,000,000 immigrants passed between 1892-1954. The island served as the first screening station for immigrants before entering the mainland. People passed through, were examined, deported, died and were born on this island during its operation. In its halls we saw period objects, photographs, videos and testimonies. The atmosphere throughout is overwhelming when you realize the drama, suspense and anticipation that unfolded here over millions of people who sought their fortunes in this country. It was really worth the visit.

Returning back we strolled around Battery Park for a while and on our way to Ground Zero we stopped at Nathan’s canteen with the famous Hot Dogs. $3 each and very tasty.

Walking to the heart of the global economy. With our hotel located 100 meters from the area, we were outside the Stock Exchange almost every day. In the same area we saw Federal Hall (where George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States), unfortunately with scaffolding, the Fearless Girl statue standing tall across from the stock exchange, the iconic skyscraper The Trump Building, the first headquarters of the famous J P Morgan and many other amazing buildings and monuments.

On weekdays, the area is bustling with costumed yuppies, with briefcases and a coffee in hand. SK only tourists and in the evening, after ten, wilderness. We turned onto Wall Street and the imposing Trinity Church appeared before us.

Via Broadway we reached Ground Zero and from there through the Civic Center we found ourselves at the South Street Seaport where we spent the rest of our evening overlooking the East River, the bridges and Brooklyn.


Daily: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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