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Report 1704: News Flash!!! Four Canadian Tourists Visit New York City

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Summer 2009

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Page 4 of 6: Liberty Island to Central Park, With a Walk Along the High Line

photo by Doug Phillips

On Liberty Island

Over to the europa café shortly after 8:00am; #1 subway (Red line) at 42nd Street to South Ferry; walked over to Clinton Castle; purchased tickets for the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island; passed through security and board the 9:30 ferry over to Liberty Island. Once on Liberty Island we discovered that there was a two-hour wait to get into the base of the Statue of Liberty. Fortunately there was a National Parks Service tour guide about to go on a 40-minute walking tour of Liberty Island, so we joined in. Mike Sheehan was excellent! Highly recommend this free tour. Over to Ellis Island and another very good tour, this time following the audio guide rented at Clinton Castle.

Back to Manhattan and a walk up to the area around City Hall where we got a cab over to the Meatpacking District. Following lunch, we walked the length of the High Line, a raised urban park following the route of an abandoned railway freight line. Highly recommended.

Following our walk on the High Line we split up to pursue individual interests. Originally, I had intended to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art this afternoon, but the Museum is closed on Mondays. So I took the subway up to 96th Street, entered Central Park on the west side and walked around most of the reservoir - great views of the city from the top end of the reservoir. Over to the east side of the park, I started walking south, sometimes on 5th Avenue, and sometimes through the park. I thought I would spend some time in the Guggenheim, but many galleries were closed. While there was a reduced admission, I passed on entering the museum. Besides, Central Park was much more enticing - perfect weather, lots of people, a variety of activities to observe. Back to the hotel shortly before 7:00pm, where the four of us met up and went out for an early dinner.

Next: I get to the Met

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