|Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry|
|Statue of Liberty from Staten Island Ferry|
Once we finally made it to Staten Island, the challenge was finding parking. None of the signs were clear about overnight parking, so we took the only spot we found near the ferry and boarded for the ride across to Manhattan. We were amazed that the Staten Island Ferry is free and the views of the Statue of Liberty were great! I have over a dozen pictures of her....
We debated to try the subway or bus in NYC. We found a bus line that ran 1/2 block from our motel, so we decided on the bus. Even public transportation is expensive in NYC, about $12 each time our family rode. It was a nice break from walking, though, and another fun way to see the Manhattan area where we stayed. Our motel was amazing! It was the most expensive night of the trip by far. We had a 9th story view of Midtown Manhattan and lots of lights and noise. After 36 hours in NYC, this country girl was ready for some peace and quiet!
|Flatiron Buidling, Manhattan|
|9/11 Memorial, Tower 1|
After the 9/11 Memorial, we rode the Staten Island Ferry back to move the car to an overnight parking garage. Andy found the car had a flat tire, bought some Fix-a-Flat to move the car and made the 1/2 mile walk back to the Ferry in less than 30 minutes - He's the Man! Our ferry ride back into the city was at dusk and I took a dozen more pictures of the Statue of Liberty. I could ride that ferry all day!
Day 2 in NYC took us to the American Museum of Natural History. This took walking to find the right bus stops and a ride past Central Park. We only had 4 hours at the AMNH, so we had to walk quickly and not spend much time at any exhibit. I would recommend a whole day there to be able to see the entire museum and watch the films. Mallory and Drew were most impressed with the bones of the "giant turtle" and dinosaurs and Abby liked the Sea Life exhibit.
|American Museum of Natural History|
|Abby at AMNH entry|
|Drew by a giant turtle shell|