So I got up at 7am yesterday morning to head down to the statue of liberty.
Two days ago after I’d been to the 9/11 exhibition (which was very moving) I tried to go to the statue of liberty. Unfortunately it was 2pm so the tours for the day had all sold out. So I got up early to try again.
Fortunately they had tickets available when I got there at 9am, though that was only the beginning, there was a 1.5 hour queue to get into the statue due to the extremely tight security. Even then you only got into a museum and to climb to the base of the statue which was disappointing. After that I went to ellis island which was where the poor immigrants to the US were admitted around 1900 when it was in use. It was a really interesting museum and it discussed how immigration has occurred over the past several hundred years as well as the cultural changes from moving to a new land. They also had a video showing the personal stories of some of the immigrants. After that I went to Wall Street which we really interesting. I tried to get into the stock exchange but I wasn’t allowed as a tourist, you probably wouldn’t get into any others though. I did get to see a tour of the Federal building however.
After Wall Street I got the subway up to Chinatown and saw the Brooklyn and Manhatten bridges. Chinatown was really interesting and there weren’t many non-Asians around. I ate quote early in a really nice and cheap (I.e. less than $10, you can barely buy a sandwich for less, here Pret is cheap though still more expensive than it is in the UK) restaurant called East Corner Wanton; there I ate a dish I’d never heard of before called congee (my iPod had heard of it though :p). After continuing to wander through Chinatown I went up to Time Square and saw a jazz band playing; they sounded good and I got their CD but haven’t added it to my iPod yet.
Today I did my first load of washing before heading to the UN. The building itself as interesting and there was a guided tour around the general assembly room though there was yet another long queue so I decided not to bother. It is definitely appropriate for the UN to be in New York, it is probably the most multicultural city in the world; certainly one of the highest alongside London.
Finally I headed to the New York public library to upload this to my website, the New York library is a very beautiful building and also seems to have a lot of books. To compare it to Oxford I carried out a rigourous scientific study: searching for Condorcet’s 1785 work on election theory. Unfortunately for Oxford they lost; although the New York library doesn’t have the original like Oxford it does have an English translation which is much more useful (and the library is fully open to the public!)
PS photos will come from Washington I’m not hogging the hostels whole connection to do it and the Apple Store and library don’t allow plugging in of cameras.