Huddled masses indeed is what we saw at the foot of the New Colossus. I decided what better way to kick off our Exotic America tour than with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – it’s how so many started their time in America and figured why shouldn’t we too? And all jokes aside, I came to the US as a little bitty immigrant in New York that flew in via Austria thirty years ago, so there’s a nice element of full-circleness that came from our visit.
For all of my trips to New York, I had never actually seen the Statue of Liberty before – not from the plane, not from the car, not from the train – somehow I always missed it. And there is something quintessentially American about it – there are things that it stands for that we’re rather proud of. Ellis Island itself is definitely worth a visit – the restoration is amazing given the amount of work it must have been and the exhibits informative. And we came away having learned quite a bit.
But I wasn’t joking about the huddled masses – this is definitely a popular attraction so start early in the day and if you can (and I can’t believe I am saying this) start your excursion from Jersey City Liberty State Park if you can – you’ll thank yourself later when you’re not standing in the NYC boat line recreating the Ellis Island experience in the sweltering heat.
For more information:
Statue of Liberty
Statue Cruises (good luck deciphering this website but unless you want to reserve tickets to go all the way up to the crown, which run out, just go with the $13.00 boat ticket; discounts for active military)
|The abandoned former train tracks – sadly, the US never continued to invest heavily in rail.|
|This would have been our train home.|
|I had to clarify for diplo-husband that these lovely ladies were not in fact part of an immigrant re-enactment on lunch break but rather actual contemporary citizens (on lunch break).|
|Restored tile work and lighting from turn of the century.|
|A former Ellis Island Dormitory – cosy and fresh.|
|New York Harbor – tall ships, sun fish and oil tankers.|
|What’s more American than a hot dog and fries – no wurstl here.|
|Free condiments – Europeans, take note!|
|The former hospital for contagious diseases, currently under renovation.|
|Huddled Masses on land – this is making that Garden State line look pretty good right now.|
|Huddled masses at sea drifting towards Ellis Island.|
|The New Colossus.|
|Ellis Island as seen aboard the Miss Freedom.|
|New York, New York.|
|Former Central Railroad Terminal of NJ.|
|When was the last time you saw an ice-cream truck?|