Thursday, May 03, 2007

Foreign Journey: New York, New York: Downtown

New York City, the city with many nicknames; "Big Apple", "The City that never sleeps", "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere", "Centre of the Universe". It holds the status of being the arts, culture, financial capital of the world, and basically the capital of the modern world.

Like in every major modern city, travelling in New York Cityit is bound to be expensive. However, the Staten Island ferry to Staten Island is free. Something which might be surprising to visitors, especially Singaporeans.

Being a free ferry ride, it is expected to have loads of crowds.

The ferry passes the most famous icon of New York City, the Statue of Liberty, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Due to security reasons, no visitors are allowed to land on the Liberty Island.

The ferry also allows visitors to view the downtown district of Manhattan from the sea.

The state of New Jersey can also be seen. A contrasting view, which very much explains why New Jersey is always considered second rated under New York.
After the ferry, a walk around the financial district of New York City, or the financial centre of the world, is an unforgettable experience.

The famous New York Stock Exchange, and the Dow.

Although this might be a modern city, the history and heritage is still not forgotten.

The tragic incident of the fate of WTC.

The rebuilding at the World Trade Centre site, for the Freedom Tower. A tragic incident it may be, it has become another attractions, where many vendors set up their stores around the area for an extra tourist buck.



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