It was raining heavily on the day we were to board the 1-hour Statue of Liberty cruise. However, the rain didn’t seem to deter visitors at all. It was very crowded at Pier 17 with tourists from all over the world.
As the decks were very crowded, it was quite difficult to take clear and beautiful photos of the statue without people blocking. Here are some of the better photos we managed to take:
Just some background of the Statue of Liberty, it was a gift of friendship from France to United States on 28 October 1886. The statue symbolises hope, freedom and democracy, and welcomes all immigrants entering America. With more than 100 years since she was founded in the harbour of New York, she has become an important part of American culture. She was designated a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on 4 July 1986. Unfortunately, due to damage from Hurricane Sandy last October, the Liberty Island is closed and slated to re-open on 4 July 2013.
As for the Brooklyn Bridge, it is one of the oldest suspension bridges in USA. Since its completion in 1883, it has become an icon of New York City and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.
If you would like to take the cruise too, suggest you book tickets online first so that you probably don’t need to queue too long before you can get in. 🙂