Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Not Just for Tourists

This post comes from Lisa. Since she got to go on a beautiful cruise while I was stuck in the office, I told her she had to write about it.

I know that we New Yorkers never go to certain places unless we are accompanying certified out of town visitors…But, if you’ve done the free Staten Island ferry thing and would actually like to get up close to the magnificent Statue of Liberty, here’s something really special and memorable to do on a summer evening, no visiting relatives required:

My colleague, Keika, and I went on a Statue Cruises evening ferry to Liberty Island, and it was a glorious experience. The vistas of the New York skyline from out on the Harbor were stunning. And while we couldn’t go into the Statue of Liberty, we had Liberty Island practically to ourselves! We took in breathtaking views of Lady Liberty without crowds against beautiful twilight and sunset skies. We were also especially thrilled to discover a sculpture of Emma Lazarus near the Statue since there will be an exhibition about her here at the Museum that will open on October 26.

The evening package included a tour and meal. The ranger-led tour was full of fun and interesting facts (Did you know that the Statue is made of 350 copper pieces and the copper came from Norway?). We enjoyed a hearty meal at the Island’s cafĂ©, where we sat outside and enjoyed the harbor view, summer breezes, and the rustling of trees.

When we returned to Battery Park, we were greeted by the glitter of fireflies, which only added to the magic of the experience. New York can be magical, even for jaded New Yorkers.

Photo of the Statue at night. Also by Lisa.

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