Sunday July, 25th
We slept soooo well that night!! 🙂 Which led to a much better day for moods and energy.
We started out the day at this kitschy diner called Ellen’s Stardust Diner which was a block away from our hotel. It was a lot of fun!!
The food was pretty good..the french toast was de-lish!! The waiters not only served you as in a typical restaurant, but they also were all aspiring Broadway singer/actors. In between bringing out orders and filling drinks they took turns showing off their stuff.
Pleasantly, most of them were very talented. 😀 This guy’s name is Zach and he actually just got a Golden Ticket on American Idol for this upcoming season..so keep your eye out for him on TV! They rattled off all the people that have started out there and now are famous..but I couldn’t tell you who they were. 😛
The day before was absolutely the ‘lowest’ point of our trip. The weather was so hot and humid and riding in the hot subway just compounded the misery along with our lack of sleep.
Sooo…on this day we decided to stay away from the subway at all cost! LOL! We chose to pay for a City Sights Tour Bus tour and let me tell you…This was worth EVERY penny. It truly is the best way to see the city. The guides know so much about the history, the buildings, fun facts that you would never know if you saw the city on your own. Not only that, it takes you literally ALL over Manhattan and you are able to hop on and off wherever you want! We paid for the 3 day ticket which came with some other freebies. It was great! 😀
On the way we went through the Fashion District and there is this cute little info. booth!
If you look closely it looks like those wires are actually threaded through the needle! LOL!
It took us around over to see the New York Hotel. There is something about this building that makes it look fake to me, and at the same time it’s so interesting!
New York likes to do everything BIG. I guess that might be one of the reasons why they call it the Big Apple. (Hardy, har, har! 😛 ) This is a post office. It’s open 365 days a year. Around the top of the building the postman’s creed is etched into the building.
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”
Next we saw Macy’s!! Macy’s logo has always included a star in one form or another, which comes from a tattoo that Mr. Macy got as a teenager when he worked on a Nantucket whaling ship.
The statues on the building you see in the foreground were placed there by the store’s employees in memory of the store’s second owners, Isador and Ida Straus, whom were very beloved and died on the Titanic. (See.. you would never know that on your own!! 😛 )
An artist Antony Gormley, made31 statues of himself, anatomically correct, and placed 27 fiber glass ones on top of buildings all over NY..4 heavier ones made of cast iron are placed around Madison Square Garden. They are 6ft tall. Look very close and you can see him! 🙂
After 9/11 school children placed tiles on this fence to remember the fallen Americans. This is the only ‘finished’ memorial to this day…even though it’s unofficial.
As we headed through West Village and Greenwich Village I saw this store and it just cracked me up! Hahahaha!
I love the panita dome and details on this building.
It’s not everyday you see a Chinese McDonald’s in America!!!
Roof top gardens!!!
As the bus was speeding by this sign I tried to capture it for Walker. LOL!!
Look at those carved statues! LOVE!
I’m a sucker for details, details, details….
We finally made it to Battery Park and the weather seemed to have taken pity on us for yesterday. It was a GORGEOUS overcast, windy and shortly after this picture rainy day!!! Yay for rain!!! 😀
With the mass European emigration of the middle 19th century immigrants settled the Battery area, the location was less favorable to theater patrons and Castle Garden was closed. The structure was then made into the world’s first immigration depot, processing millions of immigrants beginning in 1855 – almost 40 years before its successor, Ellis Island, opened its doors.
While we stood in line to get on the ferry to take us over this guy kept the crowd entertained with his steel drum.
As I mentioned before it rained on this day. To be more precise, it started to down pour on us while we waited in line for the ferry. It was cold and wet and fabulous! 😀
Even though the weather felt amazing..it wasn’t the best for pictures. These look a bit gloomy …what can ya do? 😉
The Statue was a gift from France and it was shipped to us in pieces. We were too poor to build it and so for years only the torch was on display.
After we walked around in the rain admiring the Statue of Liberty we hopped on the ferry to take us over to Ellis Island.
We deiced to pay for the $8.00 audio tour and I’m SO glad we did. We wouldn’t have gotten as much out of the museum if we hadn’t. The go into a lot of detail and you really get a better understanding of what those immigrants went through to enter this country. It was excellent.
The picture below doesn’t do this room justice. It is a BIG room.
One of the examinations used a button hook to examine your eyes for this highly contagious disease. They had one on display..I would NOT want someone using that hook to pull open my eye!!! SHIVER!!!
They would mark the coat lapels of immigrants with chalk. Each mark meant something different. One woman told a story about her family member (her sister I believe) that had warts on her hand and she was marked accordingly as a “no go” and a kind stranger mentioned to her to turn her coat inside out (it had a silk lining and looked like you could reverse it.) Her sister made it through.
These families would travel by boat for months and months and it didn’t matter if they were together or not. If you didn’t pass they would send that one member back to wherever they came from and in most cases never saw them again….
Another test was given to those where there might be a question of mental state. They wanted to make sure you were healthy but also to make sure you could support yourself once you were here.
Here are some examples of some of the tests that were given.
In the test below you need to match the images.
Find the four smiling faces.
Match the leaves.
This is a display of money from all over the world!
After our tour of Ellis Island we made it back to Manhattan and found the Hershey Store. I found this giant 5 pound bar of chocolate. I wanted it sooooooo bad!!!!