On our second day in New York, I planned a trip to take a boat to see the Statue of Liberty. We woke up super early because I planned that to be the first thing on our to-do list. And, welcome back to drizzling weather!
Financial District and Battery Park
We took a cab straight to Battery Park at around 7 a.m. We went over to get a photo op with the Charging Bull. No one was there, surprise, because of the rain. It wasn’t pouring, but it was just enough to be miserable standing outside. Then we stopped through the East Coast Memorial on our way to the security checkpoint before boarding the boat.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
All my photos are a little dreary and grey! When I bought our tickets to visit Lady Liberty, the crown level tickets were sold out. We did get to go to the pedestal level which has great views of the foggy New York City.
The best part of getting on the first boat ride of the day was that we were back in the city before 11 a.m. We didn’t linger too long in any one place and there were not that many crowds because of the rain and the time. The boat that arrived after ours at the Statue of Liberty was full – so we left the island just in time.
One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial
We stopped by O’Hara’s for lunch after our Statue of Liberty tour. I wanted as much as possible to plan routes that were walkable to avoid too many taxis over the three days. Zack has visited this pub on work trips before.
The pub was affected when 9/11 happened and they have this book of pictures about the damage they received. The kitchen was up and running as soon as possible to help feed the people working to clean up the aftermath. The book contains letters and newspaper cutouts about the fire and police department and more.
After lunch we walked through the 9/11 Memorial and went into the Westfield World Trade Center – which I didn’t realize was a mall. It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava who had also designed the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum.
Kate Spade New York – Birthday Pin
We stopped by the Kate Spade New York store in the Rockefeller Plaza area to pick up my birthday pin, but they didn’t have any available. When we walked into Westfield World Trade Center, there was another Kate Spade store. I stopped in to ask and they had a pin available! This was a free pin promotion that I received an email about, but didn’t have time to stop into a store before we went on our trip.
And, finally, we got in line to see Hamilton! The show was amazing. There was never a dull or slow moment. I loved it and it was the best birthday gift to myself! I am so happy that Zack was there to enjoy it with me.