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Liberty Island, A Helicopter Trip and Madison Square Basketball, New York, US - 27th March 2007

Today's trip is to head down to Battery Park and get a ferry out to see Liberty Island. It's not without its complexity as at first we end up with tickets to some sort of non-stopping cruise. Luckily, we manage to tout one of them off to a passing Swedish tourist before getting the correct ticket for the Liberty/Ellis circle. It's not like the old days (i.e. 1995) when you could turn up and visit the statue, as we discover when a park ranger informs us that we should have booked at least a day in advance if we wanted to go in to the statue. Meh. Nevertheless, it's still a nice wander around and a chance to look at Manhattan from across the river and to once more see "Lady Liberty" close up. Later, we take a helicopter trip around Manhattan to see some of the sights from the air, and then we go and see a college basketball game in Madison Square Garden. It's the final of college basketball's National Invitation Tournament (the NIT), between South Carolina's Clemson University - The Tigers - and West Virginia University - The Mountaineers. And because it's college basketball, and not some pro game, the camera is even allowed in. Isobel, meanwhile, gets to tick off another item on the "list of American Icons" as she orders us a couple of foot-long chilli and cheese dogs to eat whilst we watch.

next album: A Return to Fire Island, Long Island, New York State, US - 30th March 2007
previous album: Crossing Brooklyn Bridge, New York, US - 26th March 2007

2007 The bagel bar near to the Marriott hotel

The bagel bar near to the Marriott hotel

2007 Isobel in the Upper East Side bagel bar

Isobel in the Upper East Side bagel bar

2007 Crowds in Battery Park

Crowds in Battery Park

2007 A cluster of buildings around the ferry terminal in Battery Park

A cluster of buildings around the ferry terminal in Battery Park

2007 A passing seagull

A passing seagull

2007 A classic view of Manhattan

A classic view of Manhattan

2007 The back of the ferry and the three boroughs of New Jersey, Manhattan and Brooklyn

The back of the ferry and the three boroughs of New Jersey, Manhattan and Brooklyn

2007 Another seagull shot, and Manhattan in the distance

Another seagull shot, and Manhattan in the distance

2007 The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

2007 Liberty looks towards Manhattan

Liberty looks towards Manhattan

2007 In the ferry, bulkhead lights illuminate the way

In the ferry, bulkhead lights illuminate the way

2007 A tourist does a bizarre pose

A tourist does a bizarre pose

2007 Isobel flakes out on a wall

Isobel flakes out on a wall

2007 Liberty and Old Glory

Liberty and Old Glory

2007 Isobel roams around with the old Pentax

Isobel roams around with the old Pentax

2007 Isobel takes a photo of a gull

Isobel takes a photo of a gull

2007 A 25c telescope

A 25c telescope

2007 Isobel gives the peeper-scope a go

Isobel gives the peeper-scope a go

2007 Lady Liberty up close

Lady Liberty up close

2007 The Empire State in the distance

The Empire State in the distance

2007 A fish-eye view of the statue

A fish-eye view of the statue

2007 Isobel sits on the ground and giggles at stuff

Isobel sits on the ground and giggles at stuff

2007 The 10mm fisheye provides some interesting distortion

The 10mm fisheye provides some interesting distortion

2007 Isobel walks along a wall

Isobel walks along a wall

2007 The Liberty Island Ferry

The Liberty Island Ferry

2007 A tourist waves goodbye

A tourist waves goodbye

2007 Ellis Island's old immigration center

Ellis Island's old immigration center

2007 The Ellis Island ferry's life belt

The Ellis Island ferry's life belt

2007 A people-dressed-as-statue snares a passing tourist

A people-dressed-as-statue snares a passing tourist

2007 A break-dancing troupe perform in Battery Park

A break-dancing troupe perform in Battery Park

2007 Some impressive acrobatics

Some impressive acrobatics

2007 One of the break-dance dudes goes around collecting offerings

One of the break-dance dudes goes around collecting offerings

2007 Collecting money

Collecting money

2007 A beak-dance dude limbos through a line of teenage girls

A beak-dance dude limbos through a line of teenage girls

2007 Inside Katz's Deli

Inside Katz's Deli

2007 Nosher takes a photo of his Pastrami Rueben

Nosher takes a photo of his Pastrami Rueben

2007 Katz's Deli

Katz's Deli

2007 Newspaper boxes on Allen Street

Newspaper boxes on Allen Street

2007 Ironwork artwork

Ironwork artwork

2007 News boxes and an iPod advert

News boxes and an iPod advert

2007 Isobel reads the paper

Isobel reads the paper

2007 Fire escapes

Fire escapes

2007 Inside a New York laundrette

Inside a New York laundrette

2007 Isobel outside Engine Company No. 5

Isobel outside Engine Company No. 5

2007 Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

2007 Conspiracy theory in Union Square

Conspiracy theory in Union Square

2007 Two girls on a tower

Two girls on a tower

2007 City life around Union Square

City life around Union Square

2007 A bizarre photoshoot occurs

A bizarre photoshoot occurs

2007 A dude sells maple syrup and honey

A dude sells maple syrup and honey

2007 An old guy does an impressive demo with a vegetable peeler

An old guy does an impressive demo with a vegetable peeler

2007 Plants for sale by the film academy

Plants for sale by the film academy

2007 Post no bills, except where there are bills posted

Post no bills, except where there are bills posted

2007 Life in a bar, briefly

Life in a bar, briefly

2007 Isobel looks at knock-off sunglasses

Isobel looks at knock-off sunglasses

2007 Our helicopter awaits

Our helicopter awaits

2007 The pilot's view

The pilot's view

2007 A back-lit Liberty Island

A back-lit Liberty Island

2007 The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

2007 Governor's Island from the air

Governor's Island from the air

2007 Looking up to Midtown and the Empire State

Looking up to Midtown and the Empire State

2007 Battery Park and Brooklyn Bridge

Battery Park and Brooklyn Bridge

2007 The World Trade Center site and Ground Zero

The World Trade Center site and Ground Zero

2007 Empire state

Empire state

2007 The railway depot and the elevated railway

The railway depot and the elevated railway

2007 Central Park

Central Park

2007 The pilot again

The pilot again

2007 Interchange and road tunnel

Interchange and road tunnel

2007 Isobel in the helicopter

Isobel in the helicopter

2007 There's a nice view of the Empire State as we land

There's a nice view of the Empire State as we land

2007 Isobel on the landing pad

Isobel on the landing pad

2007 The New Yorker building

The New Yorker building

2007 Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden

2007 The basketballers warm up

The basketballers warm up

2007 The cheerleaders do their thing

The cheerleaders do their thing

2007 West Virginia's cheerleaders do some acrobatics

West Virginia's cheerleaders do some acrobatics

2007 Basketball action

Basketball action

2007 There's a shot at goal

There's a shot at goal

2007 There's a media scrum after the game

There's a media scrum after the game

2007 The tradition of snipping bits off the net

The tradition of snipping bits off the net

2007 Nosher tries Isobel's hat on

Nosher tries Isobel's hat on

2007 Outside the New York Public Library

Outside the New York Public Library

2007 The library lions

The library lions

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The bagel bar near to the Marriott hotel