Thursday, April 14, 2011

New York Thursday

Our late nights and early mornings caught up with us a bit on Thursday when we all slept until almost 9:00! After having breakfast at Cafe Champignon in Chelsea, seeing the police rush in as we walked out of the building and meeting a few Lady Gagas on the subway we arrived at Battery Park to take the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We had to wait in line for a total of two hours (what a waste of time!!), but luckily we had entertainment...

...and met some friends! This is Dr. A. Ravi Kanth, a cardiologist from India and his brother, Athuluri Murali, a software engineer who lives in New Hampshire. It was fun to talk to them and it definitely helped pass the time.

We finally arrived at the Statue of Liberty. We didn't have tickets to go inside so we just walked around the base.

Another ferry ride to Ellis Island.

Ellis Island was full of interesting history, stories and pictures. There was even a new exhibit about immigration to Texas!

The view of lower Manhattan from the return ferry. After getting off the ferry we walked a few blocks north to Ground Zero.

I had seen this area when Erik and I were in New York in October 2002, and it was incredible to see how much has changed since then, yet it is still a huge construction site. We also visited a small museum about the rebuilding of the area which had pictures and models of what the site will eventually look like.

Wall Street is only a few blocks away so that was our next stop.

We had a little more trouble locating the bull, but we eventually found our way.

By this time I was ready for dinner and Pellegrino's in Little Italy definitely hit the spot. I had the gnocchi alla Roma which was delicious.

What better way to end another fun day than to head straight to the top of the Empire State Building? This view is looking south and you can see Broadway and 5th Avenue.

On our way back to the apartment we had our first mishap with the subway, not too bad considering we made it to Thursday evening before that happened! Luckily we weren't too far away and we knew exactly where we were going so the taxi ride wasn't outrageously expensive!

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