I recently went to New York for the first time. It was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to go back. The reason for my visit was to attend the BlogHer18 Health conference. I ended up extended my trip by a few days to explore the city. Below is a recap of my last day in New York, visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Visiting The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Statue of Liberty
Friday, was my last day in New York. It was bittersweet but I was excited because I was going to go see the Statue of Liberty. I work up early and headed downtown to catch the ferry to Liberty Island.
I’ve done a lot of self guided tours lately. So it was a treat to have a tour guide for the Statue of Liberty. Kristin was the name of my tour guide. She was a really sweet woman, you could tell that she enjoyed what she did. We took a short ferry ride over to the Statue of Liberty where we entered the museum and saw the original torch on display. Kristin was very knowledgeable on the Statue of Liberty. She gave us a brief history as we toured the museum.
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door”
Interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty,
- The torch was replaced in 1985, the old torch is on display in the museum on Liberty Island.
- Patina is the name of the Statue of Liberty’s copper skin, which has a naturally oxidized, green coating.
- The copper skin of the statue of liberty is as thick as a penny.
- There are 226 steps up to the pedestal.
Afterwards, we walked 226 steps up to the pedestal. The view was amazing. However, it was cold out and extremely windy which made it impossible to get a decent photo. As we descended down we made out way to the gift shop until the next ferry arrived. Ellis Island was our next stop on the tour.
When I think of Ellis Island I am reminded of the movie “Hitch”. Other than that I really didn’t know much about Ellis Island prior to the tour. Ellis Island was an immigrant inspection station for over 60 years. Immigrants would arrive and wait in long lines for medical and legal inspections to determine if they were fit to enter the United States. It was heartbreaking to hear what everyone had to go thru in order to complete inspection.
Staten Island Ferry
After the State of Liberty and Ellis Island tour, I made my way over to the Staten Island ferry. I’ve heard so many references to the Staten Island ferry in movies and in shows that I had to see it for myself. I was told that there wasn’t much to do on Staten Island except ride the ferry there and back. So that’s exactly what I did.
Dona Bella Pizza
By the time I got off the Staten Island Ferry, I was starving. I figured let me get my last bite of New York pizza before I leave the city. I stopped by this place called, Dona Bella Pizza. It was right around the corner from my hotel. I ordered a vegetable slice of pizza and it did not disappoint. They heated it in the oven right before they served it to me and it was amazing.
Afterwards, I made my way back to the Frederick Hotel and waited in the lobby for my shuttle service to arrive. This concludes my trip to New York. I enjoyed it so much and I can’t wait to go back and explore the other boroughs. Check out the vlog up on my Youtube channel down below. If you want to see more from my trip to New York then see these other posts, BlogHer18, 9/11 Memorial, and the Empire State Building.
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