Visit:: Lady Liberty
There's something quite spectacular about seeing the Statue of Liberty up close. A little intimidating (it's the eyes) but somewhat magical. I always think about people coming to the city for the first time, ready to start a new life. How they must have felt seeing her for the first time- the excitement, tension, nerves.
I seem to always say hi to her whenever I'm in the city- this time was no different. Fun fact- A and I visited NYC on the same school trip a decade ago. We knew of each other but only because of our mutual friends. It was this trip, he says, that he noticed me and 3 months later we became best friends. The rest, as they say, is history. So, trip down memory lane put aside, back to NYC. A never made the trip to Ellis Island and was his no.1 thing to do this time.
Now I'd been twice before so why not go for a third? I thought I'd go and be bored as I'd seen it all before. However, I was pleasantly surprised. In 2015 a lot of stuff had been moved out to restore after Sandy meaning there wasn't actually a lot to see. But since then, they have really changed the place. There are extra images, artwork and stories. They've filled it with a lot more personal history and it really makes it. I mean, you have to use the stories- it is a fascinating place and it was used as the first point of call to the city for such a long time. It's well worth the trip to see it all. One of the most interesting pieces for me was all the passports they managed to track down.
Besides the history of Ellis Island I just adore the boat ride. Seeing Manhattan's skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge across the water, Lady Liberty doing her thing, drawing the crowds, letting you know exactly where you are in the world.
I love spotting her no matter where I am in the city. In the day time as we went across to Ellis Island, against the stunning pink sunset as we walked the High Line and glowing up against a bright skyline as we ventured up to The Top of the Rock at night.