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2. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Wall Street, Castle Clinton

Statue of Liberty New York

Advice: we grouped many attractions and landmarks under the same title according to their location.
Location: at the southern tip of Manhattan and islands located southwest of Manhattan.
How to get: to Battery Park - "South Ferry" subway station, trains:  1   R  ; to Wall Street - "Wall St":  2   3   4   5  or "Bowling Green" (near Charging Bull statue):  4   5 
Mark on the map: google-map (#2), standard map (#2).
Neighboring attractions (from Battery Park): National September 11 Memorial & Museum (0.6 miles / 1 km), Brooklyn Bridge (1 mile / 1.5 km).
Spend time: if you decide to visit all the monuments mentioned here you will spend a whole day.
Cost: Statue of Liberty + Ferry are $25 (2017) per ticket includes a visit to the ground level of the Statue of Liberty. To visit the reserve part with crown you have to book your tickets online (price does not change). After the restoration the statue was opened on 10/28/2012 quite a little. After Hurricane statue opened on July 04, 2013.

All the above mentioned attractions from this chapter are located in the south of Manhattan. Battery Park is in the center and it is a departure point for Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry. Ferry departs from Battery Park approx. every 20 minutes. There are also ferries and boats for other excursions. We will tell about them later. Cost of ferry tickets is included into standard and big version of the city ticket so you can skip long ticket lines. Otherwise you will pay $25 (2017).
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France in 1886 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Declaration of Independence (delivered 10 years later). After terrorist attacks in 2001 the Statue was closed for visitors for a long time and reopened on July 4, 2009. In 2012, the statue was completely renovated, is open to the public from October 28, 2012. The height of the statue is 34 m / 110 ft, but with pedestal it is 93 m / 300 ft from the ground.
Due to confined spaces of the Statue's interior the number of visitors is limited up to 3000 (for Crown only 240). So if you want to get inside you have to book the tickets online in advance on the official site. Opening hours: from 9am to 5pm (6.30pm in summer).

In the western part of Battery Park there is Castle Clinton (or to be more exact Fort Clinton), built in 1811. Originally named West Battery it was renamed as Castle Clinton in 1815, its current official name. In 1824 after the army having vacated the fort it became a popular entertainment center. But the greatest popularity was gained in 1855-1890 when fort became the New York Immigration Depot. In the course of these years over 8 million of immigrants (mainly from Europe) were processed during its operation. Now it is rather attractive landmark (free admission).

In 1892 the Immigration Depot station was moved to Ellis Island located between the southern Manhattan and the Liberty Island. Famous Immigration Museum is located on Ellis Island (free admission). Even if you are not a museumgoer the island is worth visiting because it is the perfect place to admire NYC harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

Not far from the Battery Park there is financial part of the city with its main narrow street - Wall Street. Although the 3200 kg bronze statue of a bull which is located there, attracts tourists more. "The Charging Bull" (photo) is a symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, and is one of the popular icons of NYC. There is a National Museum of American Indian on this square. It is dedicated to the native inhabitants of the Western hemisphere, to their way of life, history, languages, literature and art. It was founded in 1989. Opening hours: from 10am to 5pm (on Thursdays till 8pm). Closed: December 25. Free admission.


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