Ellis Island New York – Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Ellis Island - SignWhile on our trip to New Jersey and New York in October 2015, we made a trip to Ellis Island. I knew it would be an interesting and enlightening visit, but I was shocked at how thought-provoking it would be.  We got off the boat and made our way to the main building (just like many immigrants that landed in New York would. Continue reading “Ellis Island New York – Island of Hope or Island of Tears?”

Battery Park – Historic Park in Lower Manhattan, New York

Battery Park 1One day while we were in New York in October of 2015, we took the subway to lower downtown Manhattan and walked around Battery Park, AKA, the Battery. It is a 25-acre park named for the artillery batteries that were positioned there in the city’s early years to protect the settlement behind them. The Battery was the center of Evacuation Day celebrations commemorating the departure of the last British troops in the United States after the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading “Battery Park – Historic Park in Lower Manhattan, New York”

Statue of Liberty and Liberty State Park – New Jersey

Liberty-State-Park-1Located in Jersey City, NJ opposite Ellis Island, Liberty State Park is bordered by water on three sides: on the north by the Morris Canal Big Basin and on the south and east by Upper New York Bay. As such, it offers daily ferries to the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island, and Liberty Island. Check out their website for more info.  Continue reading “Statue of Liberty and Liberty State Park – New Jersey”