Sunday 29 November 2009
Highlights: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, New York Hotdog, Madame Tussaud’s, NBA Game at Madison Square Garden
A crazy busy day as we really got into the swing of travelling saw us head out to the former World Trade Centre site which was mostly under construction nearly 9 years later. From here we walked to Battery Point and caught a ferry across to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Statue is amazing and I even enjoyed the ferry across especially since the weather had picked up. The Ellis Island immigration video and discussion I found very interesting, especially how people got all this way and got turned back (at the sailboat companies expense).
Both Andrew and I enjoyed a New York Hotdog on return to the main land. Unfortunately the Sports Museum was shut but we did manage to find the Wall Street Bull. From here we caught a subway train to Times Square and went and visited Madame Tussauds. Andrew didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t have great expectation but it was simply fantastic. The wax figures were very life like in fact there was one of a person taking a photo and almost everyone got fooled and waited for the ‘person’ to take the photo.
After a quick stop off at our hotel we headed over to Madison Square Garden for the NBA New York Knicks Vs Orlando Magic game. First MSG is an amazing place, hard to believe I was actually seating in this iconic stadium watching a game.
Unfortunately the Knicks aren’t much of a basketball team and lost badly in the end 114 to 102 (it should have been worst). Still what an experience; at every break in play something was happening. In fact during one timeout we had an on court proposal that was accepted!! When the women was bought out onto the court she thought it was for a cash promotion contest but was instead shocked to find out it was a proposal which she accepted.