It’s no secret that I’m cheap. Why would I pay to see the Statue of Liberty on a “cruise” when I could ride by it on the Staten Island Ferry for free? Actually, that’s exactly what I did last summer. But for the sake of my aunt who’s never seen it before, I shelled out the moolah for what I thought would be a chance to go up the Statue of Liberty only to be severely disappointed by – yes – a mere boat ride that only passed by the statue. Well, you win some and you lose some.
While it was not the most comfortable boat ride (I was pressed in by fanatic tourists on all sides), I managed to get a few decent shots of New York’s gawgeous skyline along the Hudson River:
For what it’s worth, I got a nice close-up of Lady Liberty herself, which I could not have done from the Staten Island Ferry.
And the sight of the Freedom Tower never ceases to delight me:
So here’s the building that I (after a month of living in the city) learned to recognize, the Empire State. In fact, I just went up it that same morning; read the full post (and see the views!) here.
My plea to all those who know NYC buildings more than I do still stands: if you recognize a famous/your favorite building here, please share the knowledge!
We got to see the U.S.S. Intrepid, which we eventually went on. Now the Intrepid was a monster of a boat, with at least a dozen planes sitting on its top deck. But you’ll have to wait for a later post on all that!
Have you gone up the Statue of Liberty? Do they still let people go up her crown?!
Thanks for reading!
P.S. See her from the Staten Island Ferry (for free): Our Version of Boating