19 April 2014

Spring Break Day 3 :: New York City


What a day! H has been wanting to visit New York City for as long as I can remember, and we were so excited to finally bring him there. We piled in the car, and headed to the ferry to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I've always wanted to do that, so was pretty excited. It was a bit long for the kids -- especially with the lines and lack of snack packing on our part. I did find my great-great grandfather's (Angelo Toson) immigration records, which was pretty cool. He came from Varmo, Italy and arrived on April 16, 1912 when he was 39 years old. I never knew him, but my great-grandfather, who we were very close with growing up had arrived a few years earlier when he was just 15. Since he was sponsored, he didn't need to pass through Ellis Island, like his father did a few years later. The Statue of Liberty was also quite amazing. H, who is petrified of heights, out of the blue had a panic attack on the stairs. But other than that, it was awesome. Afterwards, we checked into our hotels (we stayed at Hotel Indigo Chelsea -- which turned out to be in a really great location for us -- and Jesse, Kim and family were around the corner) then headed out for a late lunch/early dinner in Bryant Park. After refueling, we walked over to Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Times Square by night. Wow. This city is just amazing.

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