give me your tired, your poor, your cheap and easy way to see the Statue of Liberty

From the Staten Island Ferry.  Photographed with Nikon D300, 70-200mm lens.

Today, we spent the morning with my friend Jen Lee (whose beautiful hair you see on the main page of this site), and her two really adorable daughters.  When I told her that we were coming to town, she kindly offered to be our tour guide.

"What do you want to see?"

"Well," I said, "I think Alex and I really would love to see the Statue of Liberty."

"Hmmmm..." she said, thinking.  "Okay.  So do you actually want to go onto Liberty Island, or is just seeing the statue enough?"

"Oh seeing the statue is DEFINITELY enough," I said.  "We don't actually have to walk up and touch it."

"Okay, so here's a tip," she said.  "You could take the ferry over to Liberty Island, where you have to buy a ticket, face crowds of tourists, stand in line and go through security, or ... " she lowered her voice conspiratorially, " could just get on the Staten Island ferry, which is free, has far less crowds and goes right past the Statue of Liberty."

Free?  Sold!

So that's what we did -- and that's what you should do, if you're in New York, you're interested in seeing the statue for free and you don't mind missing all the historical information that's actually on the island.  And I have to say, the experience was as impressive as I hoped.

 And then we had lunch.  Wonderful, wonderful morning.


SongFreedom by Amos Lee