A perfect way to end our time in New York City! I’m so glad we chose to wait to see Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty with Chad. We had the most amazing view of NYC and walking up into Lady Liberty was a surreal moment. I knew that the French gave us the monument as a gift of friendship but we learned that it was actually a gift to celebrate 100 years of friendship after declaring independence with Frances help and many French citizens monetarily contributed. It was also in direct response to the assassination of President Lincoln. Lastly we learned that Americans were short on funds to complete the pedestal in which to hold the statue so a newspaper journalist Joseph Pulitzer implored American citizens to give donations in any amount and no matter how small it would be printed on the front page of the newspaper and he raised over $100,000 and ensured its completion. .
PS I don’t think you can get any more patriotic than this first picture, what a day! #thejewelledlife#nyc#statueofliberty#ellisisland#newyork#newyorkcity#statuecruises#american#travelgram#traveldiary#travelwithkids#rv#rvlife#friendship#oneworld#traveler#patriotic#proudtobeanamerican
So I sit here, thinking over what to write.. I find myself completely lost for words! This city is truly breath taking. Above are a select few photos of things we have done over the last couple of days. •One World Trade Center •9/11 museum •Boat trip to see the Statue of Liberty 🗽 •Empire State Building •Times square
And plenty more places to see over the next week. 🇺🇸☺️ #newyork#worldtradecenter#statueofliberty#empirestatebuilding#911memorial#timessquare
“Castle Williams is a circular defensive work of red sandstone on the west point of Governors Island in New York Harbor.”
“The castle was one component of a larger defensive system for the inner harbor that included Fort Jay and the South Battery on Governors Island,... This system of forts came to be known as the Second American System of coastal defense and existed to protect harbors like the one in New York from British interference with American shipping.”
“Its usefulness as a fort began to end in the 1830s, so Castle Williams subsequently served as barracks for the island's garrison and new and transient troops. Thereafter, the castle was remodeled by the US Army for use as a prison in various forms during the Civil War and through the first half of the 20th century.” (Source: National Park Service - US Department of the Interior)
The Governors Island is only available for visiting during a certain period of the year. This year it’s gonna be open every day through October 31.
To go from NYC to the Governors Island you gotta take the ferry at the Battery Maritime Building (Lower Manhattan), which costs $3 (adult), and it takes less then 10 minutes to get to the island.