The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor
The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, with Manhattan
island in the background
Statue of Liberty (official name: Liberty Enlightening the World) is, of course, New York's premier sight, though
officially it's in New Jersey. A gift from the French to celebrate
America's 100th year of independence, the statue was unveiled in 1886.
Battery Park, on the south-west tip of Manhattan island.
Park is prettier than the brutal name would suggest and offers tourist ferries to the Statue's island and neighbouring Ellis Island - the historic immigration area - as well as
a brilliant distant view of the famous monument.
All visitors now
have to undergo an airport style body and baggage check before boarding the ferry. If you wish
to climb the monument, even to the lower level, you will probably
need to book ahead by phone or internet, or at least arrive very early.
A dramatic sculpture near the Battery Park ferry dock.
The island also offers an excellent museum on the background and structural
details of the big girl.
The ferries run via Ellis Island and its lively and well produced
museum at the same cost, for those who wish to learn more about early
immigration to USA.
Ellis Island, the first point of contact for millions of immigrants into the USA.
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