S: New York City August 2012
1: THE BIG APPLE | Our flight landed in LaGuardia, so we hopped on the SuperShuttle and made our way to the Manhattan Club.
4: We enjoyed the light breeze as we strolled deeper into the park. We were surprised by the sight when we looked over a bridge. What an amazing place to spend a Saturday afternoon.
8: We got tickled at the girls that were rowing in circles . Then I noticed the white dog enjoying the boat ride.
10: We walked up as they prepared to jump over the two kids. | Later, we found a bigger group performing for a crowd.
11: After they got 3 volunteers to jump over, they stopped and pulled a kid from the crowd. The guy jumped over him so fast that the little boy didn't move way after the jump was complete.
12: I was amazed the guy jumped over all four people with plenty room to spare.
15: I love how they displayed the current Olympic metal count in Times Square.
17: It took a while to find out where we were on the screen, but we all did. | Minnie Mouse was on Times Square
20: The original Macy's location. You can barely see where the letters were above the door. Do you see the star?
22: Carnegie Hall
23: Empire State Building
24: Above - Madison Square Gardens Below - Largest US Post office
25: Flat Iron Building
28: Occupiers taking up the sidewalk in front of Trinity Church. Sigh... | Sculpture from World Trade Center damaged on 9/11. One of the new buildings in the background.
29: We passed by the Merchant Marines monument while waiting in line for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island boat.
30: The boat ride to the islands provide us a good view of New Jersey and New York City
35: Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine.
39: You can see NYC through the windows, but immigrants had many steps to complete before being allowed to leave Ellis Island.
40: The hospital buildings are still off limits to visitors. However, they are in the process of renovating them., Maybe when we return...
48: Leaving Ellis Island Once their travel plans were settled, immigrants bound for destinations across the country took barges or ferries to railroad terminals in Jersey City or Hoboken. Immigrants going to New York City took the ferry 'Ellis Island' to the Battery, where they would usually find a great crowd of relatives, friends, baggage carters, and boarding house representatives waiting to greet the new arrivals.
49: I'm sure they were exhausted as they made their way to their final destination. However, many others are still detained for more observation..
50: They were lead down another hallway for many more medical or mental tests prior to being allowed in the US.
52: Birth and Death Records dating from 1900 show that over 3,500 people, including more than 1,400 children, died on Ellis Island. Burials were arranged by either friends or relatives, charity associations or, as a last resort, by an undertaker contracted by the Immigration Service. Though death was a far more frequent occurrence, births too were part of the hospital routine. Over 355 babies were born on Ellis Island.
53: Many women came to the USA by answering ads for a wife. When they arrived at Ellis Island, they signed the contract.
54: A ladies club organized a Christmas party for all the children waiting on Ellis Island. They often brought toys and treats for the children through out the year. | Dutch children at Ellis Island
56: It must have been difficult for them to look out one side of the island and see the Statue of Liberty and the other the shores of New York City. They were stuck in the middle of two worlds.
57: The children played on the roof top as they waited their fate.
59: Large families came through the gates of Ellis Island. Some stayed together, while others were separated when some were deported.
60: Women and children could not be released in the US without a husband or other family as a means of support. Some had to wait months for their father/husband to arrive.
61: Many children were forced to work to help support the family.
63: I wonder how many found the Isle of Hope instead of the Isle of Tears.
66: Kissing post was where families had to say goodbye before going downstairs through different doorways. Some will stay, but some are deported.
67: Dormitory Rooms contained three levels of bunk beds and sinks in the corner.
70: The ships were packed with immigrants coming for the American dream. Many could only afford the steerage, so during the day they flooded the deck for fresh air and sun.
81: The Registry room from early 1900 to today.
85: Back at Battery Park, we walk through the World War II Memorial and by the World Trade Center sculpture that was damaged on 9/11. A short drive from Battery Park is a small Vietnam Memorial.
86: Manhattan Bridge with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.
87: China town
88: Queens across the East River. Below is United Nations head quarters complex on the East River.
90: Macy's and the Empire State Building
91: Sherwood was our tour guide today and he was the BEST guide. We could have rode all day listening to him. | However, we were on our way to the 9/11 Memorial
94: When completed, 1 World Center will be 105 stories with a square glass parapet at 1,368 feet, the heights of the original Twin Towers. | Honoring the lives of those who were lost is at the heart of our mission. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.
98: The Survivor Tree. A Callery Pear tree that was originally planted at the trade center complex in the 1970s. It was discovered in the rubble in October 2001 with snapped roots and a blackened trunk. It was only 8 feet high in 2001, as most of the tree was crushed when the towers fell. The tree now stands 35 feet tall. | The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks of 2/26/1993 and 9/11/2001 are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools.
99: They are still working on the museum located between the memorial pools. It will commemorate the unique life of each victim.
101: Painted tiles were done by many children in the city as a tribute to 9/11 victims. None have been broken since placed on the fence.
102: The bull always has a crowd. They taken pictures with it where they can.
103: View of the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges from the Seaport
104: We switched to the Uptown tour for the afternoon. The A in the window means the health inspector could not find any violations. | Seinfeld's Soup Nazi | Buildings around Columbus Circle
108: Former residence of John Lennon. A fan approached him for an autograph which he signed. Later the fan shot him as he left his home.
110: This building was a Cancer Hospital when it opened. There are no corners in the building. It was thought in the early 1900s that cancer was caused by dust and dust settles in the corners. | At one time you could buy a unit really cheap in this area. It was riddled with violence and drugs. They finally took the neighborhood back from the drug dealers. It is the most prominent area in NYC today.
111: St. Michale's Church
113: Harlem Area near Apollo Theater
114: The building was directly in front of us while we were at the red light. I noticed the little boy in the top window watching the world go by.
115: As we were leaving Harlem, I spotted the little girl in the window. I waved after I took her picture and she waved back with a big smile.
116: The Guggenheim Museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The cylindrical museum building, wider at the top than the bottom, was conceived as a "temple of the spirit" and is one of the 20th century's most important architectural landmarks.
117: The Met is the largest museum in the US and was founded by a group of prominent American citizens. They wanted to open a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. It opened on February 20, 1872.
119: We started our weekend trip walking around Central Park. Naturally we decided to end the trip with another stroll thru the park.