After a decade in NYC or any big city, one tends to stay away from the tourist attractions unless family comes to town or special access is granted. Local is better, right? Even the iconic Statue of Liberty falls into this category for most longtime NYC residents.
While Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty, is only a 15 minute ferry ride from Manhattan, the various lines and queues can be daunting. Especially dealing with the lines and TSA-like security procedures before you board the ferry and the boarding process and long waits encountered on the return trip.
If all of this sounds undesirable to you, but you still want to get a closer look at Lady Liberty, the NYC Water Taxi provides a excellent alternative. It does not go to Liberty Island, however it sits a short distance in front of the statue for 10 minutes before either returning to Manhattan or heading to other landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge. Thus, avoiding the security procedure and the de-boarding and re-boarding queues.
In my ten years in NYC, I've opted for the speedy NYC Water Taxi over the ferry on several occasions. However, this summer I got the itch to go up into the Crown and to photograph the Statue of Liberty and NYC from Liberty Island. I was surprised to find Crown tickets are sold out two months in advance. Thus, buying tickets in August meant waiting until November.
I have to say, there is something very special about experiencing the views from the Pedestal level, being inside the 129-year old statue, climbing the stairs to the head of Land Liberty, and peering out the small windows of the Crown. I highly recommend it to locals and tourists alike though it just requires advance planning.
I hope you enjoy my photographs from my experience. Click on any of the photos for a full screen view.
The spectacular views of Manhattan from Liberty Island.