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Day Four

Getting round on public transport.

We decided to return to downtown Manhattan and see some of the sights we had just whizzed past on the big bus; plus take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry.

We started with the ferry. The Staten Island ferry is free and it goes quite close to the statue of liberty, Ellis Island and Governor's Island, so we decided to give it a try. The ride takes around half an hour and you end up in Saint George's, Staten Island. I'd have liked to look around Staten Island itself, but we decided it wasn't a priority and we did not have enough time, so we just had a very fleeting look at St George's.

At the Staten Island ferry Pier.

At the Staten Island ferry Pier.

A Staten Island Ferry.

A Staten Island Ferry.

Peter on the ferry.

Peter on the ferry.

Fleeting look at St George's.

Fleeting look at St George's.

View of Manhattan on return journey.

View of Manhattan on return journey.

After riding the ferry we wandered towards Battery Park. On the way there we passed a shrine to the first American saint - Elizabeth Anne Seton. She helped care for the poor and run charities to help the needy.

Shrine to the first American saint.

Shrine to the first American saint.

Battery Park is a pleasant place for a stroll located right on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. It is also where some cruises to the Statue of Liberty depart from. This park has several statues including one called The Immigrants by Luis Sanguino, and the East Coast Memorial, commemorating those who lost their lives in World War II. Battery Park also had a large dancing fountain which was proving a great source of fun for several overheated children and Castle Clinton, originally a defensive structure, but now where you buy tickets to go to Liberty Island. We returned to this park later on in the day too and enjoyed craft beers in its open air cafe. There were large numbers of friendly squirrels in this park.

On the waterfront, Battery Park.

On the waterfront, Battery Park.

The Immigrants.

The Immigrants.

Castle Clinton.

Castle Clinton.

Castle Clinton.

Castle Clinton.

Craft beers in the park.

Craft beers in the park.

Let me in, Let me in.

Let me in, Let me in.

After Battery Park we walked to Bowling Green Park with its famous Charging Bull Statue and Fearless Girl Statue. My husband loved these and found it hilarious that they were so covered by crazed tourists posing for selfies that you could not even see them. I thought they were awful, especially the crowd covered bull. I ended up just taking pictures of anyone posing with it as it was easier than trying to pose yourself. For the bull people pose either with its giant head, or down the other end with its giant testicles.

People pose with this end.

People pose with this end.

And this end.

And this end.

All the while Fearless Girl faces him down.

All the while Fearless Girl faces him down.

Next up we headed off towards Wall Street, bumping into Donald Trump on the way. Now he did make me laugh.

Look who's on Wall Street.

Look who's on Wall Street.

Wall Street has several famous buildings including Federal Hall and the New York Stock Exchange. Federal Hall, or a least an earlier version of the current building, was where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the USA.

Federal Hall.

Federal Hall.

The New York Stock Exchange.

The New York Stock Exchange.

After Wall Street we walked along to South Street Sea Port. This area played a significant role in New York's maritime history. It is now a historically preserved area with old restored buildings, old sailing ships and a maritime museum. This area also has great views of Brooklyn and of the Brooklyn Bridge.

South Street Sea Port.

South Street Sea Port.

Looking towards Brooklyn.

Looking towards Brooklyn.

Historical buildings, South Street Sea Port.

Historical buildings, South Street Sea Port.

Peter near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Peter near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Peter and I at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Peter and I at the Brooklyn Bridge.

After looking around the seaport, and especially enjoying the excellent views of the Brooklyn Bridge from it, we went back to Battery Park for a drink then took transport to visit the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station and New York Public Library. I wanted to go to the library to see the original Winnie the Pooh bear and all the other soft toys belonging to A.A Milne's son, Christopher Robin. Unfortunately we timed it wrong and the library was shut. Bryant Park next to the library was hosting a large outdoor concert.

The Chrysler Building.

The Chrysler Building.

Grand Central Station.

Grand Central Station.

Peter in Grand Central Station.

Peter in Grand Central Station.

New York Public Library.

New York Public Library.

Bryant Park.

Bryant Park.

Then it was home and a rather spicy dinner in John Brown Smoke House washed down with happy hour lager at $2 a glass. Now you cannot beat that.

Happy with beer at $2

Happy with beer at $2

Posted by irenevt 00:41 Archived in USA

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