So day two in New York was equally as busy as day one. We were still in the previous day’s clothing due to missing luggage but we coped!
So we took the subway down to south ferry. We got the red line from Times Square. We made our way to the battery park and got the ferry to statue of liberty first. If you want to see the pedestal or crown views then you must book first as there were none of these available on that day. Statue of Liberty is so impressive and it definitely needs to be top of the list for a visit. We ate at the restaurant on site and it was standard fare but pricey – may be worth taking some sort of picnic? You do need to go through security to get onto the ferry which is pretty much a standard procedure in most places within New York now. You then go over to Ellis Island. Ellis Island is the place where the immigrants landed decades ago when they wanted to go to live in America. A little bit excessive in the museum with a lot of modern day information too but the registry room is the highlight along with sample records of the paperwork used a long time ago. When you dock back at battery park, spend a little time looking around at the statues and information as well as watching the street dancers – very entertaining!
We then took a stroll up through the financial district to get to the 9/11 World trade site. We didn’t go to the museum – a lot of people have told us that it is quite depressing. Obviously, we understand what happened but we chose to use any emotion at the fountains. Absolutely stunning and a fitting tribute to all of those that lost their lives. We didn’t realise that the 102nd floor observatory was opened at the top of the World Trade No.1 building but we weren’t aware of this prior to going! I also think it is a good idea to book ahead – it only opened in May. St Paul’s cathedral is very nearby and is well worth a visit if you can spare the time. It is emotional but inspirational. It didn’t suffer any damage during the 9/11 attacks.
After this, we decided to pop along to Century 21 which is nearby. It is a discount store, a little like TK Maxx in the UK but more organised! I picked up a Nine West and an Olivia and Joy bag and the hubby picked up a shirt and tie too. We probably could have spent a lot longer in here but I had severely blistered feet and we were both in need of rehydration. Just near St Pauls there was a small deli called Stage Door Delicatessen. We used the little pizza cafe and both got a slice and a drink. Just what we needed! We then got a taxi after a disastrous venture on the subway (we got the express train in both directions!).
After a refresh, aftersun and a change of clothing, we made our way over to Ellen’s Stardust diner. Ellen’s was fab! It is basically a large amount of waiters and waitresses who spend their time singing whilst serving. All servers are currently trying to be on Broadway and a lot of them will definitely be on their way – it was amazing. Food was fab too!