|View of Manhattan from ferry|
Alan and I had visited the Statue of Liberty in 1988 but were unable to get much further than the first landing on the stairs. This was due to the fact that the elevator was out of order......I do know the world has changed and folks have to have advance tickets to get to the top. So I didn't even expect to get up anywhere. I was pleasantly surprised when we learned that we could go up as high as the pedestal. However, there is no option of elevator service now......but the climb was worth the experience. At this point, there still was a view to enjoy! I was surprised how patriotic I felt just being at the Statue of Liberty, the Star Spangled Banner kept floating through my head!
|Ellis Island with Manhattan in background|
Once we got back to the ground level, the snow had come with a vengeance and there was nothing but haze where there once was Manhattan!
|The Great Hall|
My Grandmother came over from Germany with her mother and sisters. She was only 2 years old! Although it is possible to do all this research from the comfort of your own home, and I did this about 10 years ago, it is so much more meaningful to actually find these records in the Registry Room!
So many questions and no one to answer them.....
|continuation of manifest|
|a sight not normally seen in Battery Park|
After spending almost 2 hours on the island, and this felt like 15 minutes because it was all so exciting and interesting, we decided to get back to Manhattan!
Again, when we were here last, you could see this little church from the water. But now there is a coast guard station blocking most of the view. I love the fact this little church is not for moving!
It is self service and incredibly busy. You get a ticket when you enter, everyone gets one, and they write what you ordered and what it cost on the ticket. Even if your ticket is blank, you have to submit it to the cashier when leaving. A strange system, but it seems to work.
Alan had never had pastrami and tried this. Luckily, he really enjoyed it. I got a Reuben sandwich. I love these and they always remind me of my Dad. After all, he introduced me to them!
|Chaos appears to reign!|
|Alan speaking the international language of camera!|
You would think this was enough activity for one day, but we had tickets to see Enrique Inglesias at Madison Square Garden for 8pm! So we had a bit of a rest at the hotel. This hotel is located so close to MSG and the Empire State Building that it is easy to walk there. And it did feel nice to be able to walk and not fight traffic or crowded subways!
Of course, we passed the Empire State Building, looking very spooky this evening -
And we also passed an Arthur Murray Dance Studio. The whole day was filled with memories of family, from Ellis Island, to Reuben Sandwiches and now Arthur Murray! How is that connected? My Dad and Mom met at the Arthur Murray dance studio in St Louis! They were both dance instructors!
Our last activity of the day was the concert. This was an amazing cultural experience, not due to his singing or even the show. We are not really Enrique fans. But to watch this mainly Hispanic crowd and feel like such a minority. The majority of the concert was in Spanish and the majority of the audience had their phones recording and taking pictures and talking to friends the whole time. I think we have crossed a line and are maybe in the older generation now! But it was an event and experience at the Madison Square Garden and I am glad we did this!
|The joy of walking to an event!|
|MSG full house!|
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."