New York City II
Today was the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island then to "Ground Zero" and to Buddy's Resturant on Hudson.
The perfect place to stay is in North Bergin with0ut a doubt. A quick 15 minute drive to the Stature of Liberty park in Jersey City and easy parking for $5 and starting with the first ferry out was perfect. We had tour tickets for the Statue and had to be there by 11:45 am so we stayed on the boat and went there first. The tour was great and there is a lot to learn about why it's there and how it was built and then fixed up in the 80's. The ferrys run from the Statue to Ellis often and after our 2 hours we jumped the next boat and did the tour there.
I found my Great Grandparents names in the registry, that was pretty cool. I got a chance to see what they went through getting here to live the dream life.
After getting back to Jersey City it was a quick jump through the Holland Tunnel to the center of Manhattan to see the site of the towers. The whole area is still a reck. Construction going on every block. When you look at the sky line its like looking at someone that lost a front tooth. There is a noticable hole. Even when you are in the area there is something missing. I can't even imagine what it would have been like having the buildings there but you can sure tell something is missing.
Driving around the finacial district was a mess. A lot of the streets are torn up and there are lanes closed everywhere, which adds to the caos of getting around. The impression I got from the experience is everyone is putting it behind them and moving forward how ever they can and no one is going to stop them.
The food recommendation in the book was right on again. Every one of the places we have had a meal has been above average. Every place had lines out the door when we got there. Today when we got to Buddy's we were the first and the place soon filled up. The food was Southern Home Style and it was good. We had to call it a day and go home to nap it off.
Driving around was much easier today, I'm getting a lay of the land. Driving in Mathattan is not for the timid at heart but once you get in the zone its not that bad. I would have liked to try the subway but I can't see how to make it work with a radical 3 year old son that loves to be chased.