Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sightseeing in New York - Day 2
Today we decided to go down to the South Ferry to get the Staten Island Ferry so we could see the Statue of Liberty. We took the metro there as we had done so much walking yesterday. However, just our luck, there was maintenance on the lines and the train stopped short of our destination. Rather than take the bus for the last few blocks we decided to walk it and get some breakfast. We stumbled upon a french country style cafe with lots of homemade, organic food on the menu and we had a scrummy breakfast there.
When we got to Battery Park, the lines of people waiting to get a ferry to Liberty Island was huge. We heard an announcement come over the loud speaker that anyone wishing to take the ferry should expect to be in line for at least 2 hours. More fool them I say. It was absolutely freezing and you can't even go up the statue of Liberty now, you can only walk around the bottom of it.
We caught the Staten Island ferry instead. It leaves every half an hour for Staten Island, and its route takes it close enough to Liberty to get a really good view and take plenty of photos. And to cap it all off, it doesn't cost a dime!
We did some browsing around Times Square, gave up on trying to get tickets for any of the Broadway shows, then went back to the hotel to get warm before going out for dinner.
Dinner was at an Italian restaurant called Ciro, on 8th Avenue and 50th street. A nice end to another busy day.