While I sit waiting for Hurricane Sandy to pass through I figured I would continue with my NYC posts.
Next in line, Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty. Battery Park located at the lower end of the island and is where you catch the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. I visited this area on a cold, blustery day in November last year.
Some peculiar items located in the park are, The Sphere, a sculpture once located in the lobby of one of the original WTCTowers. Next to the sculpture is the Eternal Flame.
After viewing the street performers and sculptures, take a ride on the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. The lines for the ferry are fairly long and you also have to go through a security gate. Once you are on the ferry it is only a few minutes ride to Liberty Island. One of the stops is Ellis Island. The ferry comes around every hour or so and makes stops to both islands for drop off and pickup.
Stoic nature of the seagull while waiting for the ferry (Below)
Partial view of Battery Park (Below)
From the ferry you can see views of lower Manhattan and Jersey City.
Jersey City viewed from the ferry (Below)
Jersey City and Ellis Island viewed from the ferry (Below)
Manhattan viewed from the ferry (Below)
Statue of Liberty viewed from the ferry (Below)
Statue of Liberty viewed while on Liberty Island (Below)
Battery Park has some interesting views and if you are lucky you might catch a street performance show. The street performers are sometimes very persuasive in asking for tips. It is up to you if you want to give or not. I was one of the lucky or unlucky people (whichever way you want to look at it) to be pulled into their performance. To me, it was a once in a lifetime experience so I grabbed the opportunity.
Me pulled into the street performer show (Below)
These two images were taken from video. The street performer did acrobatic stunts over us (Below)