Apple Chronicles: The Statue of Liberty

One of the world’s most famous landmarks is the Statue of Liberty and I definitely would not miss the chance to visit the icon of democracy in person.

The Statue of Liberty as seen from Battery Park.

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The forgetful me realized that I wasn’t carrying my trusty camera as we were on our way to Battery Park so I had no choice but to use my then recently-acquired iPhone X to record the trip.  I was pretty satisfied with the image quality of this phone thus far so even if I was bummed out that I don’t have my camera with me, I didn’t mind it so much.

Battery Park with the skyline of Manhattan peeking through the trees.
One of the locals.
Through this gate is where we’d get our tickets.

Our trip to the Statue of Liberty starts at Battery Park where we’ll get our tickets and board the ferry.  It is such a lovely park overlooking the bay and the statue of Liberty as well.

Got our tickets!

Getting to Liberty Island feels a bit like going to another country as the security screening is at the same level as that of an international airport.  I can’t really say that I’m surprised given how important the Statue of Liberty is.  The process is quite efficient though so I don’t think anybody minded it.  And it’s actually a delight staying inside the security screening tent at that time as outside temperature was almost freezing and it was so windy.  Eventually though, we had to wait for our ferry outside, which wasn’t that long.

Here’s our ferry: Miss New York!

360° view of Battery Park (via Google Maps)

We opted to sit at the top of the ferry which was wide open despite the wind chill.  From here, you have a magnificent view of New York City, Jersey City (New Jersey), the Statue of Liberty, the clear blue sky, and the flying sea gulls that seem to be cruising along with our ferry.  It’s one of those moments I’m glad I have my gloves as my fingers were going numb after prolonged exposure to the chilly wind, and that it can operate touchscreens so I can continue taking pictures!

The Statue of Liberty as seen from the top level of our ferry.
The skyline of Manhattan (including the World Trade Center) and Battery Park, taken as we depart.
Lady Liberty as we approached her island.

It doesn’t really take that long to get to Liberty Island.  As we were arriving, we can already see the next passengers that will take the ferry onto its next destination.  For us though, our first agenda is to fill our stomachs at the cafeteria.

Time for us to start our tour of the island!
I’ve seen countless copper statues before, but none of them are as elegant and impressive as the Statue of Liberty.  Her robe almost look like it will flow with the winds.

After we had our fill, we just went around the island to take photos of Lady Liberty and the surrounding areas.  There were signs along the way for some additional information for visitors and at the back lie the entrance to the statue.  We didn’t know that entering the podium of the statue required a separate prior booking so we just stayed outside.  After circling the island, we went back to the pier to catch the next ferry back.

Selfie with the skyline of New York City in the background.
This is my favorite shot of Lady Liberty during this trip.
This was actually my first time to see Lady Liberty from this angle.
Until next time, Lady Liberty!

The next stop of the ferry from Liberty Island is Ellis Island, another historical landmark.  It used to be the main gateway to the US from 1892 to 1924, so in those days this was where your first steps on American soil would take place.  We didn’t alight the ferry here and continued with it back to New York City.

Approaching Ellis Island.
Some of the distinct buildings on the island.
The Statue of Liberty together with the skylines of Jersey City and Manhattan.

Going around Liberty Island.

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