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Friday, August 28, 2009

NEW YORK TRIP, DAY 5
LOWER MANHATTAN
We look out the hotel window on day five and see our favorite building.........

The Hearst Tower...........

It even has its own entrance to the subway...............


But we're going to Columbus Circle for a subway ride to......
The skyscraper canyons of lower Manhattan!
A lovely old public timepiece......
And one of the original subway entrances......
Dwight and his tote explore City Hall Park.........
A very serene place to enjoy a summer morning........
I am finally resigned that this is as close as I will ever get to Nathan Hale. I wanted to photograph this statue on our first trip to New York, but City Hall was being renovated and this was a hard-hat area, then after 9/11 security has always kept us out.............
The Mayor's Office windows reflect the dome from the Municipal Building...........
A fountain in the park.............
These building tops across the street are on the block that was Newspaper Row for many years......
New Yorkers take a break in the sunshine.................

Man and tote enjoy the city.............
This is a lovely fountain............
With a tremendous sound................

Even the oldest buildings are constantly being updated...........
Inside St. Paul's Chapel............
The lovely interior as it looks now...............
And how it looked in the days after 9/11 when it was the mecca for all the rescue workers...........
One of the ancient tombstones in St. Paul's graveyard..............
Many of these are from the eighteenth century...............
Click on this photo to enlarge it so that you can read one of the interesting stories about one of the inhabitants of St. Paul's Graveyard..............
Before the World Trade Center and The World Finance Center, these stones suffered from some pretty strong sea breezes..............
Ground Zero--construction is underway............
I think it's encouraging that building has reached ground level..........
Architects vision of the Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial that will be on this site..............
We approach another lower Manhattan mini-park...........
And get a big red surprise!...............
Onto Wall Street............
The Stock Exchange is smokin'....................
What a beautiful frieze..............

Some modern art in an interior plaza.................
Pretty groovy................
Scale..................

Modern Art lover...............
It's hard to get a good view of 40 Wall Street, but it was briefly the tallest building in the world.............
Faunces Tavern--a smaller building that has survived from colonial days.................

And one that I always to see! This is where George Washington said goodbye to his officers after the Revolutionary War......................
And where many a modern diner says "goodbye" to his/her money!..........
The dark white portion of a building visible on the left side of this photo is the lower stories of........
The Woolworth Building--also once the tallest building in the world..............
This ferry station lets us know that we are close to the station for the Staten Island Ferry...........
Great omen! Our ship is the John F. Kennedy and we have a friendly captain...........
Goodbye Manhattan!.............
We leave the city in our wake...................
I am reminded of a poem about the Staten Island Ferry by Edna St. Vincent Millay that in part says: "We were happy, We were merry,
We spent all night going back and forth on the ferry....."
Onward to Staten Island!............
The ferry is pretty speedy, NYC is soon far away in the distance..........
We pass Ellis Island..............
And soon we see the Lady of the Lamp.............................

My friend, Martha, who has never been to New York, asked me to wave to the Statue of Liberty for her..................
All the way from New Mexico............
He IS a Yankee Doodle Dandy!........................
Once we get to Staten Island, we all get off and reboard--security reasons. Even though this means a bit of a delay, this whole trip is free, so we remain delighted!...................This is another ferry going the other direction.........
Dwight is thoroughly enjoying being "at sea"...................
Lady Liberty again!.......................
"give me your tired............."...................................
Hail to thee, Lady Liberty!..........................
Another ferry and a sail boat salute her!...........................

This is without a doubt one of the highlights of our trip!..............................
One of the busy tug boats.....................................
Here comes the skyline again.......................................
And another tug......................
Happy days are here again.....................
You can see the ferry landing from here.........................
And the Brooklyn Bridge...............................
This has been a lovely outing..............................
One that Dwight enjoyed as well..............................................
This is the Manhattan landing of the ferry.................
From here, you can see the Cabrini Shrine and another small building nestled in among the giants.................
We're about to disembark--they're fastening the giant hook--and not a minute too early because we have to hurry to meet some pretty important folks in Little Italy. See you!

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