Get ’em while they’re hot! Free celebrity up skirt pics (sorry, no downblouse shots of this hot celeb). Even better than Jessica Simpson or Jessica Alba. This paparazzi has candid photos of that French beauty, the Statue of Liberty! You could almost see her thong in these pictures, if thongs had existed when she was crafted!
Okay, in all seriousness, here is what it looks like underneath her robes:
For those who want to visit but have hideous memories of going there before the refit (I believe it was mid-80’s), the staircase is new. When the time I went when I was around 8, I remember long lines and hideous heat. We waited forever, “trapped” in the old staircase among a crowd of heat-exhausted tourists, all to look out some airplane-window-sized portholes in the crown. Now they only let 160 people a day up there on guided tours, although the summer heat and tiny windows are still the same.
In the pedestal, you can see the original torch, which was modified during numerous retrofits and eventually taken out of service due to heavy corrosion.
Here is another nice image with Nikon’s 70-300VR zoom lens:
The ferry to the Statue Island also goes by Ellis Island, seen in this shot from the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal:
On the way back to the dock after visiting Ellis Island, I tried to beat the haze and get a decent shot of the Manhattan skyline. I’ll let you be the judge if I succeeded in some small way.
I’ll have more articles about US East Coast locations coming up, since I just did a long trip “back home” and visited places I haven’t been in many years. If you’re interested to read/view those as well, sign up with the orange RSS or Email links in the left sidebar! One advance tip: to visit the White House you need to call your congressman or embassy to arrange it in advance. D’oh!
Getting to the Statue of Liberty:
- I have three BIG tips for anyone going to the Statue. 1) Get tickets in advance for the earliest possible visit in the morning. 2) Get up early and go to the first visit in the morning. 3) Go first thing in the morning! Yeah, there’s a theme here… the lines go from bearable to “WTF!?” very fast. We got tickets the day before, for 9am the next day.
- If you want to go to the crown, reserve tickets online, MONTHS in advance. We were told in July that they were fully booked until September. http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm
- Be at the ferry at least 30 min early for your assigned time. It leaves from a visitor center in New York City’s Battery Park, near the Bowling Green or South Ferry subway stops. The ticket fee ($12) is only for the ferry ride to the Statue and then onwards to Ellis Island, before returning to Battery Park. Entrance to the pedestal or Statue is technically free, but does require a ticket. (Sorry, you can’t parachute in to save $12).
- The line to get on the ferry to leave the Statue Island is VERY long, especially if you didn’t have the earliest tickets in the morning. At Ellis Island it was not so bad (at least when I was there recently).
- Backpacks: try not to bring one! Security will NOT let you take it into the pedestal or statue area. You will have to lock it in some pay-lockers, which are not very big. Cameras are fine past security, but NOT camera backpacks! Have a small shoulder-bag for your camera and/or lenses.
- Security is basically like airport security, but these guards take their job a lot more seriously than the TSA does. They are guarding the premier symbol of the United States of America. Respect, yo!
Official website of the National Park Service / Statue of Liberty: http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm