We started our morning with a classic New York bagel at Bagel Talk, just down the street from where we’re staying. They had five kinds of vegan cream cheese! I got an everything bagel with vegan chive cream cheese and tomatoes which is the kind of meal I’ve only ever made at home because I’ve never been to a restaurant that has tofu cream cheese.
Then we walked around Central Park, where there was a surprising amount of wildlife. Most surprising of all were the many turtles!
We saw this group of police officers on horseback, just chatting:
Then, in the most touristy of fashion, we made our way to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
On the ferry ride over, it was hard not to think about how we had the very same view as millions of immigrants during the time that Ellis Island was operational.
We took an audio walking tour around the Statue of Liberty which made us feel very patriotic and proud of the founding ideas of America. The Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and opportunity since it was installed in 1886. The coolest fact that I learned about the Statue of Liberty was that it is made completely hollow, and made out of copper which is only the thickness of two pennies. We weren’t able to go inside due to poor planning, but it was pretty amazing from the outside anyway.
At Ellis Island, we found out about the website LibertyEllisFoundation.org where you can look up records of your ancestors’ history through Ellis Island. We haven’t tried it yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
The whole “I’m holding up the statue with one hand” picture didn’t really work out.
Until next time,