New York – Manhattan (From Grand Central to Statue of Liberty and China Town)

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While vacationing with family in CT during the summer of 2005, my husband, son and I took a day trip to New York City and our main destination was The Statue of Liberty. That was my second visit to the Statue of Liberty but first of my son and first of my husband too even though he had lived no more than 2 hours from New York most of his life before moving down south.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station sits on Park Avenue in mid town Manhattan spanning from 42nd to 45th street and bordering on Vanderbilt Avenue on the west and Lexington Avenue on the east.

First opened in October 1871 as Grand Central Depot built by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Grand Central has undergone a journey of glory, decline and revival. Triumphantly emerging out of the ten year battle between developers wishing to demolish it and build tower buildings and societies preserving historic landmarks in 1978, Grand Central, dubbed New York’s and National Land Mark in the late 1966 and 1976, respectively, finally received the much needed renovation in 1996 and was restored in 1998 to its heyday splendor. Winning the hearts and minds of many, let’s hope no one would dare to wield again a wrecking ball at Grand Central.

Grand Central’s façade on 42nd street

Grand Central’s façade on 42nd street

Chrysler Building to the east

Chrysler Building to the east

Main Concourse

Main Concourse

Lancet Arch adorning arched windows

Lancet Arch adorning arched windows

Melon-shaped chandeliers on both sides of the main concourse

Melon-shaped chandeliers on both sides of the main concourse

One of the five such chandeliers in Vanderbilt Hall

One of the five such chandeliers in Vanderbilt Hall

http://grandcentralterminal.com/ is a good site for more info on Grand Central.

Statue of Liberty

The Chinese reference to the Statue of Liberty is 自由女神, meaning Goddess of Freedom. So I had thought that was also the English reference to the iconic statue until I came to the states in Sep, 1989. I did not have to wait long and had my first visit to the statue in the summer of 1990. I marveled at the statue’s beauty and vastness and learnt about it as matter of fact: a present to the United States by the people of France in 1886 commemorating the centennial signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. But it was many years later when I gained true and profound understanding of what it stands for: freedom, democracy and hope.

We boarded a ferry boats for Liberty Island leaving Battery Park at the south end of Manhattan. As the great views of New York harbor and Manhattan passed by and the Statue of Liberty grew closer and closer in sight, I glanced at my husband and son, both born citizens of the United States, and wondered if they were excited, as I was.

Sculpture of Eagle at Battery Park

Sculpture of Eagle at Battery Park

New Jersey on west side of New York harbor

New Jersey on west side of New York harbor

Manhattan from Liberty Island

Manhattan from Liberty Island

Ellis Island backed by New Jersey high rises

Ellis Island backed by New Jersey high rises

Manhattan on the left and Brooklyn Bridge on the right

Manhattan on the left and Brooklyn Bridge on the right

Zooming in to Manhattan from Liberty Island

Zooming in to Manhattan from Liberty Island

Very close to Liberty Island now

Very close to Liberty Island now

Liberty Statue Close up

Liberty Statue Close up

Here we are!

Here we are!

Chinatown

Chinatown is an area in lower east side of Manhattan loosely bordered by Kenmore and Delancey Streets on the north, Allen Street on the east, Worth Street on the south and Broadway Street on the west. An enclave of Chinese Immigrant begun in the1880s, history of Chinatown reflected in many ways the journey taken by Chinese immigrants in the United States including the adverse and tumultuous path in the earlier years. Now a site hosting the largest concentration of Chinese Immigrants in the western hemisphere, it is one of New York’s tourist attractions featuring many Chinese shops and restaurants amidst various tenements.

Info booth

Info booth

Mahayana Buddhist Temple

Mahayana Buddhist Temple

Entrance to Manhattan Bridge

Entrance to Manhattan Bridge

Seafood shop

Seafood shop

Commodity Store

Commodity Store

Chinese signs

Chinese signs

McDonald in China Town

McDonald in China Town

Confucius Plaza

Confucius Plaza

Statue of Confucius

Statue of Confucius

Having dinner at a Chinese restaurant

Having dinner at a Chinese restaurant

Delicious seafood dish

Delicious seafood dish

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