Thursday, January 13, 2011

New York Seen Through My Eyes- Part 2.

The Statue of Liberty
                                    

The Statue of Liberty National Monument officially celebrated her 100th birthday on October 28, 1986. Standing at the entrance to New York harbor is 151 - foot statue of a woman holding a book and a torch on- high. 

It was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American independence.


The Statue Of Liberty is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. Its formal name is Liberty Enlightening the World. 


The start of our journey to the Statue Of Liberty: the ferry ride is great , we get to see the wonderful view of entire financial district's skyscrapers, we also get to see an all round view of the Statue Of Liberty, Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge.



Pictures of some remarkable buildings before we start our Journey

 Approaching the famous Verrazano Narrow Bridge:  that is still the longest bridge in the United States.




When you  see the rising shape of the immense Verrazano 



shining in the late afternoon sun, know that you are

seeing a sight that defines New York City: big, impressive, and breaking 



the boundaries that separate people.

The bridge marks the gateway to New York Harbor; all cruise ships 

and most container ships 

arriving at the Port

of New York and New Jersey must pass

 underneath the bridge. Most ships, when built, must be built to

accommodate the clearance under the bridge.
The Liberty statue, made of copper sheets with an iron framework, depicts a woman escaping the chains of tyranny, which lie at her feet. Her right hand holds aloft a burning torch that represents liberty. Her left hand holds a tablet inscribed with the date "July 4, 1776" (in Roman numerals), the day the United States declared its independence from England. She is wearing flowing robes and the seven rays of her spiked crown symbolize the seven seas and continents.




From our boat we could see the famous beauty of the New York City Skyline


Manhattan Skyline shot from the ferry

Whitehall Street Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan


The Brooklyn Bridge ranks as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and remains one of New York's most popular and well known landmarks.

An elevated pedestrian path not only gives you the opportunity to cross the river without being bothered by the traffic that rushes past a level below, but it also offers a great view of the bridge's towers as well as downtown Manhattan's skyline. The views alone attract millions of visitors to this bridge each year.


        

Near the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor is Ellis Island. This island served as an immigrant station and a temporary shelter for people coming to the U.S. from other countries. Between 1892 and 1954, approximately 12 million people passed through Ellis Island seeking refuge, freedom and opportunity. The main building on Ellis Island is now a museum dedicated to the history of the Ellis Island Immigration Station.

Lady Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they arrived in the New World and continues to greet millions of tourists from around the world each year. 



Wall Street: this how it looks
The tour of NYC is not complete without a visit to the Wall Street. Being a Sunday, it was pretty empty. 
By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Wall Street was “the place” to be if you were a large financial institution or other big business. So many buildings sprung up on this tip of Manhattan that the Wall Street district began to boast its own distinct skyline, separate from the buildings in Midtown.
People like J.P Morgan built headquarters like the one at 23 Wall Street, which was – for decades – the most important financial institution in the country.
(One can still see the pockmarks on the building, left there from an unsolved bombing that occurred in 1920.)
Federal Hall
Other notable buildings include the columned Federal Hall,  originally built to house City Hall and its offices. Major U.S. stock and other exchanges remain headquartered on Wall Street and in the Financial District, including the NYSE, NASDAQ,AMEX ,NYMEX,NYBOT.

Trinity Church is located at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway in downtown Manhattan. The  current Trinity Church was consecrated on May 21, 1846. A Gothic Revival structure designed by Richard Upjohn, its 280-foot spire was the highest in the city until the advent of the skyscraper.
The historic Episcopal church stood strong while office towers crumbled around it on September 11, 2001. However, the historic pipe organ was severely damaged by dust and debris and had to be replaced.


Staring at you from across the street is Trinity Church. This is the oldest church site in New York, though not the original building. 


The Trinity Church. This church simply looks gorgeous!
 
(Some more pictures of NYC) Rockefeller Promenade
It is very beautiful, one can spend hours looking at all plants and the cool fountains


Another View of the NYC from the Rockefeller Building: the Green Patch that you see is the Central Park
" When the weather turns warm, Rockefeller Center sends the Zamboni ice machine home and opens up its outdoor, below-ground-level rink as a restaurant and bar. Colorful umbrellas set a festive tone for the place, which, in addition to tourists, attracts a large after-work crowd. The menu offers burgers, salads and pastas, as well as a cocktail list that includes specialty margaritas and frozen drinks". as quoted by a travel review contributer: Karen Hudes.
Prometheus at Rockefeller Center 
Prometheus is said to be the best-known sculpture in Rockefeller Center and the most photographed monumental sculpture in all of NYC. Created by famed American sculptor Paul Manship, who held a great fascination for mythological subjects and events, it has become the main attraction of the Lower Plaza. 


Thank you for being with me on this short trip of NYC. More to come in the next blog.
Did you enjoy this trip?
Let me know.

17 comments:

  1. Nice pictures & description. My wife is going to NY in a month. Your blog comes at the perfect time.

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  2. nice pics and liberty pic wow
    thanks for virtual trip

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  3. nice description rama.you covered almost all the"top highlights"i think.good did u travel there recentely?

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  4. When I had been there ,I too admired the "trinity church"its really beautiful.Rama,do you remember seeing a "triangular shaped building "in manhattan downtown ?that's really awesome.

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  5. I love the descriptionand pictures both.and looks like weather is very pleasant there, when I visited, we were freezing at Statue of liberty.it was so cold over there and same at the top of empire state building.

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  6. :) I have seen most of the places! Reliving the experience while reading your post!

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  7. Hello Rama,

    Wonderful tour of New York.The photos are fascinating.I enjoyed watching the various sights shown by you and your narrative is excellent.

    Your header photos of fabulous.How can you withstand so much cold?

    Best wishes,
    Joseph

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  8. Nice write ups. NYC is one of my fav places to go to.

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  9. Hello!
    Very interesting post!
    Thank You very much for sharing...

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  10. Thank You very much for You beautiful comments!
    The weather is not very cold here.

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  11. cute snaps n gr8 post..cheers buddy

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  12. Your blog is interesting. I had the great pleasure of visiting him.
    Best wishes

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  13. Thank you for your congratulations. My mother tongue is Lithuanian.
    Good luck to you

    Jonas

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