Well, yesterday was my last afternoon in NYC and I am flying home today, so I took in some of the sights of the city before heading back to the hotel. I walked around to the World Trade Center site, now the site of the Freedom Tower, and then it was off to St. Paul's Cathedral that housed many a weary recovery worker after 9/11. After a moment touring the grounds and reading up on how this little cathedral became a house of hope it was off to Starbuck's – hey I have to get my Starbuck's fix even if was just a Iced Green Tea – see Bill H, I was trying to be good.
After grabbing my Starbuck's to go, I headed off towards the Brooklyn Bridge and decided it was a nice enough day to walk across the bridge, the only trouble is once you get over, you have to get back so I hiked myself back over the bridge, through town, to the water's edge. Great view of Jersey from the shore. I continued walking and wound up at Battery Park and by the boat that takes you to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
So I purchased a ticket, and went through security and boarded my cruise ship for the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, since it was later in the afternoon I was not able to get up into the statue, but hey, I have to leave something for next time! I took a nice walk around the island, took some great photos, observed the filming of a scene from an upcoming movie – Starship Dave – and then had lunch. After that it was off to Ellis Island.
I love black and white photography and the history of Ellis Island just fascinated me. If you ever saw the movie Hitch the scene when Will Smith takes Eva Mendes to Ellis Island to show her a relative in the book of entrances, that is where I stood. It's a beautiful entrance hall and I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that time. Anyway, moving on, the history that they have captured draws you into the time of fleeing refugees and immigrants showing up in America looking for a brand new start and HOPE. Ellis Island was HOPE.
Well, the day was quickly fading, the dark storm clouds were moving in, the Hudson getting quite a bit more choppy, so it was time to head home. I walked the 3 blocks back to my hotel, made some phone calls, read the paper and began dialoging about the Agape video which will be ready by Sunday for their commissioning. Enjoy the pics! The adventure was fun – but it would be better with some friends. I will take what I can get, though!
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