Liberty Island Cruise
It took us over 2 hours to travel 5 miles yesterday. We had set out from our hotel down to Statue Cruises where we had originally reserved a spot to climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Sadly due to the government shutdown, we were not going to get within spitting distance of the Lady, so we resigned to exchange our tickets for a sightseeing cruise instead.
On our way over, we fell victim to bad directions (from a confusing website), a very late bus, construction delays, and misleading signage to the ticketing area. Our misadventure took us past New York City Hall, the construction site of Freedom Tower, the Hudson River, the Irish Hunger Monument and ferry terminal. By the time we found the ticketing and boarding area, it was 1:30pm and we hadn't actually done anything yet. My head was aching and I was tired.
Once on board the boat, I sat on the bench with a blank look on my face and handed the camera to Will. As a consequence, I'm actually in some of the pictures! It was a short jaunt over to the statue and by the time got over there, I had perked up considerably. It was a beautiful day and quite awe-inspiring to see Lady Liberty off to starboard. I attempted to get an extend-o shot of me and Will kissing in front of her but ended up with a series of blurry, crooked images with a green blob in the distance. We did manage to get a good one though.
Lliam took a couple of looks at the statue and then found that sitting on the metal bench and producing funny noises by scratching it with his fingernails was more entertaining. Meanwhile, I was playing around with the panorama feature on my phone, and found it to be quite good.
Here are all the pics:
Liberty Cruise, a set on Flickr.
Fraunces Tavern & Museum
After disembarking, we plopped down on a nearby bench to inhale some snacks and figure out our next move. I started randomly googling things, and looking on a map realized that we were not far from Wall Street. I also found that we were close to the Fraunces Tavern and museum, which has some colonial history.
It gave me the shivers to pass the threshold of a nearly 300-year-old building where George Washington himself frequented and conducted business. The Long Room and George Clinton dining
room were particularly breathtaking.
room were particularly breathtaking.
On a whim, we navigated over to the famous bull where we were going to take some pictures. It turns out that 100 of our closest friends had the same idea, because there was a line to get to the photo op.
We snickered as we noticed that just as many people were waiting to take pictures with the bull's upturned hind quarters as its front. We headed over to Wall Street expecting to see something spectacular (I don't know, maybe dollar bills raining from the sky?). It turned out to be this narrow street paved in cobblestone with tons of construction.
Wall Street, a set on Flickr.
Just after 6pm we were on the subway and for the first time experienced a rush hour train ride in New York City. Compared with BART, it was marginally more packed than say, an eastbound train leaving Embarcadero station. The major difference is that the trains go much slower and are far more jerky, so holding onto something is mandatory.
We arrived at 8th ave & 15th street a little bit early to meet our friend Steve and his wife Charlie. Steve works at Google and graciously offered to host us at the office. We were glad we took him up on it, because little did we know that a whole common area was Lego-themed. We chatted for a couple of hours while Lliam eagerly pulled lego bricks off the wall-mounted compartments and built some unique creations.
This was after we were treated to a delicious meal in the Google cafe, which we ate on the 8th floor rooftop seating area with spectacular views of the NYC skyline. The Empire State Building stood out with the Chrysler building in the distance.
Google NYC, a set on Flickr.