While staying in New Jersey for a few days, we took a day to go into New York City. Like I’ve said on previous posts, this country girl needs to go back south as these northern states are just not for me. The traffic on the way there was easy on our side, but people coming into NJ were backed up for miles.
Luckily we went into the city before lunch because on our way back home around 6:00 PM the traffic going into NYC was now crazier than ever. Traffic was backed up again for miles and miles. The photos below show what I’m referring to.
We drove into Staten Island, which was about an hours drive from the great park we were staying at, which was a campground in Colts Neck. There’s only about 20 sites and you have to be military to stay there. Once we arrived in Staten Island, we took the ferry over to the city. The ferry from Staten Island is free and so is the parking on Sunday. The rest of the week it’s only $8.00, which isn’t bad especially compared to how much they charge to cross the bridge into the city itself. We were under the impression it would cost $15.00 from what I had read on another blog, however, because our truck has double tires in the rear they charged us $42.00.
You can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the ferry and although I would have liked to tour both of them, it just wasn’t in the cards for us to go to either place on this trip. Truth is we probably never will tour them because I don’t anticipate us ever coming back this far north, but like the old saying goes, “never say never!”
Being that we only had a few hours to spend in the city, we had to make the most of our time. There were two things we definitely wanted to see; the 9/11 Memorial and B&H Photo. Everything else would be a bonus and we would just take in the sites along the way.
Once we arrived via ferry, we walked to the 9/11 Memorial. It was a somber moment standing there thinking about what took place. The pools that sit where the twin towers use to be include the names of those lost. Flowers are placed on a person’s name when it’s their birthday. From there we braved the subway and headed to Central Station. Standing there in the middle looking up at the ceiling and all four corners remembering back to all the movies I’ve watched that featured that exact same spot. Of course it wasn’t smooth going the whole time, but we survived and live to tell about it. The other main place we went to was B&H Photo, which is a huge photography store that I’ve never been to. I discovered them online many years ago and never thought I would have the opportunity to actually visit the store with their one and only location being in New York City.
If I had to do it over, I probably wouldn’t do it anytime soon; however, ask me in a couple years if I want to go back and I might say yes. Until then we’ll just keep heading south back to Florida and then out west. Many more pics from our time there is below. Please enjoy and feel free to share your own memories of New York City in the comments below. (Click on any pic for a larger view and to scroll through all of them).