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Discussion in 'Non Disney Trips and Travels' started by Isafari, Oct 27, 2011.

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    Busy planning our New York section of our summer trip. Never been to NY before and I am pretty clueless about everything there.

    I know you take a ferry to see the SoL but where do you catch the ferry from? Is there just the one dock?

    Just trying to plan distances from various attractions :thumbsup:
     
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    Yes, from the NYC side there is only one departure point, Battery Park. You'll want to take some manner of public transportation (bus, taxi, subway) as parking is VERY limited.

    This is a great site to visit for more information: http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm
     
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    You can get a ferry to the SOL from Battery Park, downtown Manhattan or from the Liberty State Park, New Jersey.

    Most people I know have gone on the Staten Island Ferry, it's free and I think it leaves from the east at Battery Park. You also get to see the skyline of Manhattan - don't quote me but it takes about an hour (I think)

    You can find out more info at the National Park Service here
     
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    :lol: snap Becca, great minds think alike :D
     
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    Thanks guys - and thanks for the links.

    I have quite a lot of questions about NY :unsure: :lol:
     
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    OOOH!! I might actually be helpful!!!

    When are you going? Not that I have any ulterior motives, of course ;-)
     
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    Just going for 5 days in July.
     
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    OOOH!! The weather will be LOVELY! :bounce:
     
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    I have some haunting memories from our last trip there. It was in late December of 2000. The city was gearing up for the Millenium. We were one of the last boats off the island heading back to the battery. I have video and stills from the deck of the boat with the twin towers gleaming behind us. We commented on the beauty of the view. It was quite stunning. It is sort of very sad thinking what would happen to that view in less than 10 months. :sad:
     
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    I never had the opportunity to see the towers in person.

    We have tickets on the 14th of November to visit the memorial. I imagine it will be an emotional day.
     
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    :hug2: I think it will be emotional Becca, friends that have been say it's very surreal and calm.
     
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    That's what I've heard as well...

    Last year we visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum and took the tour. All of the tours are given by someone who was in some way directly affected by the tragedy of that day. Our tour guide was a New York sanitation worker. I still think of him often and hope he has found some manner of peace.

    Sorry Issy, not meaning to turn the topic of your thread :hug2: It's going to be a WONDERFUL holiday!
     
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    I love Lady Liberty. If it is possible to have a crush on an inanimate object, then I have one!

    You can reserve to go inside as well. She is just stunning
     
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    New York looks wonderful, my nephew went there a few years ago on a school trip and his photos were great - you will have a wonderful time there Diane! :yes:
    What do you have planned while you're there?
     
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    Can anyone please help with this question.....

    Can we get a ferry over to the Statue of Liberty, (will actually be closed but can wander around) go to Ellis Island, and the ferry back to mainland for free? :unsure:
     
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    Issy, to my knowledge, there is no "free" ferry to the SoL or Ellis Island.

    Of course my knowledge is limited so I'm more than happy to be proven wrong by someone here that has an inside scoop. In the meantime, I'll ask around to a few of my more "seasoned" NYC friends and ask if they know of anything.

    I *believe* the Staten Island Ferry is free. But it doesn't stop at those places, you would merely be able to "view" them as you float by.
     
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    Brilliant - thanks guys, I totally understand now :thumbsup:
     

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