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April 29th 2014
Published: June 11th 2017
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Gone was the sunny weather of yesterday as we awoke to a bleak and bitterly cold morning. We caught the very crowded subway express train and got off at the Brooklyn bridge stop then made our way down to Battery park where we were to catch the ferry across to the Statue of Liberty. The ferry was full as we motored across the choppy river and were afforded an excellent view of the statue as we came in to dock. We shivered our way around the grounds and then through the security before we made the climb up to the crown of the statue. There was a winding staircase of over 300 steps which brought us to a tiny viewing platform within the crown. The view from there was spectacular and you could see right out over all of Manhattan and the Brooklyn bridge. After a few minutes at the top we climbed back down to the pedestal and once again braved the wind to walk around the base of it. It was just too cold and windy to bother with going over to Ellis island which is where the early immigrants first came into the US and which is more relevant to Americans anyway, so we took the ferry back to Battery park. Wandering through the Garment district and Greenwich village to locate an art store that I wanted to purchase some pencils at it started to drizzle with rain so we just found the store and then took the subway back to the apartment. We did have a brief sojourn into Bloomingdales department store which seemed to consist of rather overpriced merchandise. The architecture around Brooklyn was quite beautiful with many of the buildings being very ornate, partcularly the court house and the Trinity church.
We are off to a comedy club tonight which we are told is the thing to do in New York so hopefully we will get there without turning into iceblocks.
We went to dinner last night at a local bistro. The food was quite good but the prices were just as bad as you would pay in Perth.
They have forecast rain for the next few days so tomorrow we will spend time in the Metropolitan Art gallery and the Museum of Natural history.

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