New York City

27 August 2003

A ferry trip to Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty

Unfortunately since 11 September 2001 it is not possible to go up the Statue, but a trip to the island was very worthwhile.

The Statue, looking back towards Manhattan

The Statue of Liberty conveys its message of freedom through a number of symbols. The broken shackles at her feet signify escape from tyranny. In her left arm she holds a tablet of law inscribed in Roman numerals with the date of the American Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776. Her crown's seven rays suggest the seven seas and seven continents. Her torch and flame, seen here, symbolise truth and justice enlightening the world.

Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn across the East River

The Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. This was the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed between 1892 and 1954 in their search for a new life in the United States. Because of its unique historical importance, it was declared part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and reopened to the public as a museum in 1990.

Looking back to ferry quay at Battery Point, and the skyscrapers around Wall Street

Looking uptown to the Empire State Building, my next destination

The view down to 5th Avenue from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building

Looking north past the GE Building to Central Park

A panoramic view northwards - click photo for a larger version.

And south towards the Wall Street area

Liberty Island and the Statue are visible centre with Ellis Island to the right.

The Brooklyn Bridge connecting Manhattan to the mainland

The Chrysler Building

The Flat Iron Building was the first skyscraper

Looking west into the setting sun is New Jersey

The Grand Central Railway Terminus next to my hotel

A very grand terminus indeed



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