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The Liberty Cruise and One World Trade Center, New York, United States - 23rd October 2018

Day three of our trip to New Jersey and New York and we're back on the open-top bus, this time heading downtown to the financial centre. The traffic's heaving so we get off and walk the final stretch to the ferry port, where we take up the boat cruise that's part of the bus ticket. This turns out to be an extensive, well-narrated trip up to Liberty Island and then all the way up the East River to Brooklyn Bridge. After that, we head up the 1,776 feet to the top of One World Trade Center - formerly known as Freedom Tower - to admire the dizzying views of Manhattan. In the evening we meet up with Phil and Tania at the Serendipity restaurant/café for some more classic American eats, before we get a psycho Uber back to New Jersey

next album: Pumpkin Picking at Alstede Farm, Chester, Morris County, New Jersey - 24th October 2018
previous album: Open-top Buses and a Day at the Museum, New York, United States - 22nd October 2018

2018 Millburn railway station

Millburn railway station

2018 A classic American loco hauls a train in to Millburn station

A classic American loco hauls a train in to Millburn station

2018 Harry puts one of his pictures up to the train window

Harry puts one of his pictures up to the train window

2018 The gang on the train

The gang on the train

2018 The boys look out at the industrial wastelands

The boys look out at the industrial wastelands

2018 New Jersey pylons and the skyscrapers of New York

New Jersey pylons and the skyscrapers of New York

2018 The brutalist joys of Penn Station

The brutalist joys of Penn Station

2018 Macy's on 51st Street

Macy's on 51st Street

2018 The Empire State building

The Empire State building

2018 Busy crosswalk

Busy crosswalk

2018 Nice view of the Empire State

Nice view of the Empire State

2018 The Flatiron building from the bus top

The Flatiron building from the bus top

2018 A giant statue which looks like a pair of buttocks

A giant statue which looks like a pair of buttocks

2018 Nice old building, with groovy fire escapes

Nice old building, with groovy fire escapes

2018 Graffiti street

Graffiti street

2018 The First National City Bank, circa 1812

The First National City Bank, circa 1812

2018 Iconic shoes-on-a-wire

Iconic shoes-on-a-wire

2018 Some impressive architectural details

Some impressive architectural details

2018 Tantalising remains of an old painted business sign

Tantalising remains of an old painted business sign

2018 Harry and Fred in a Deli somewhere

Harry and Fred in a Deli somewhere

2018 The WTC memorial

The WTC memorial

2018 One World Trade Centre

One World Trade Centre

2018 More of the World Trade Centre

More of the World Trade Centre

2018 A vanishing-point view of 1WTC

A vanishing-point view of 1WTC

2018 The new view of the financial district from the ferry

The new view of the financial district from the ferry

2018 Empire State in the distance

Empire State in the distance

2018 The gang on the back of the ferry

The gang on the back of the ferry

2018 Fred, Isobel and Harry

Fred, Isobel and Harry

2018 Ellis Island

Ellis Island

2018 Great view of NYC from the ferry

Great view of NYC from the ferry

2018 The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

2018 Fred looks overboard

Fred looks overboard

2018 The gang, with Liberty Island in the background

The gang, with Liberty Island in the background

2018 At least there are enough lifebelts to go around

At least there are enough lifebelts to go around

2018 To Royal Navy's R08 HMS Elizabeth is in town

To Royal Navy's R08 HMS Elizabeth is in town

2018 Derelict warehouses in Brooklyn

Derelict warehouses in Brooklyn

2018 A Fire Department boat speeds past

A Fire Department boat speeds past

2018 More derelict buildings

More derelict buildings

2018 A view of NYC behind Governors' Island

A view of NYC behind Governors' Island

2018 Wall art on a dockside building

Wall art on a dockside building

2018 The tour guide does his thing

The tour guide does his thing

2018 Part of the old Queen Mary dock

Part of the old Queen Mary dock

2018 Nice old ferry port

Nice old ferry port

2018 Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

2018 Harry hangs off a railing

Harry hangs off a railing

2018 Fred's tiny key ring trinket

Fred's tiny key ring trinket

2018 A squirrel

A squirrel

2018 Inside the bottom of 1WTC

Inside the bottom of 1WTC

2018 A view from the top of 1WTC looking towards midtown and the Empire State

A view from the top of 1WTC looking towards midtown and the Empire State

2018 The Hudson River

The Hudson River

2018 The boys at the top of the tower

The boys at the top of the tower

2018 The whole of Manhattan is spread out below

The whole of Manhattan is spread out below

2018 Looking out east over the Brooklyn Bridge

Looking out east over the Brooklyn Bridge

2018 The gang roams around the observation deck

The gang roams around the observation deck

2018 The new subway/PATH interconnect station below 1WTC is impressive

The new subway/PATH interconnect station below 1WTC is impressive

2018 The Occulus is like a big rib cage

The Occulus is like a big rib cage

2018 Huge candy store on 61st Street

Huge candy store on 61st Street

2018 Pigeon explosion, as a woman hails a cab

Pigeon explosion, as a woman hails a cab

2018 Serendipity Three

Serendipity Three

2018 Fred, Harry and Tania

Fred, Harry and Tania

2018 Funky decor in Serendipity

Funky decor in Serendipity

2018 Harry nearly knocks all this stuff off the mantlepiece

Harry nearly knocks all this stuff off the mantlepiece

2018 The boys' puddings turn up

The boys' puddings turn up

2018 A jumble of signs and windows on Madison Avenue

A jumble of signs and windows on Madison Avenue

2018 Night-time traffic

Night-time traffic

2018 People on a crosswalk

People on a crosswalk

2018 Shiny buildings and cars

Shiny buildings and cars

2018 An Amish market

An Amish market

2018 In the Lincoln Tunnel on the way back to New Jersey

In the Lincoln Tunnel on the way back to New Jersey

2018 A picture in lights of Manhattan at night

A picture in lights of Manhattan at night

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Millburn railway station