Friday, July 13, 2012
I had wanted to try to make the Today Show; but Friday is concert day and wow, on TV we see the throng of people wanting to hear Maroon 4 or 5(Adam on The Voice). Glad we didn't venture. We ride the subway to Battery Park. The Clinton Castle is where the immigrants lucky enough to get off Ellis Island landed. Looking at the statue in the harbor and seeing it from the air makes it appear smallish. Riding the ferry is exciting and it you realize how big it is. From every angle, the Statue of Liberty is majestic and appealing. Even though now she is going through renovation and we are restricted to the paths around the statue it is an impressive sight. The audio tour is very imformative and pertinent. The visit to Ellis Island is very thought provoking. The old dorms still stand and their disrepair just highlights the plight of those immigrants that were detained. The great hall is filled with whispers from the past and significantly affects our usually merry band. The archivists are quite helpful and we have luck in finding some of my son-in-laws family. At least five hours is necessary to see the Statue and Ellis Island.
In the evening we go to a nice Italian Restaurant about a block from the theatre . We are walking, riding the tour buses, and the subway. The walk to dinner and the theatre is not too far. Dinner is delicious; but the portion is giant sized. I do not like to waste food, especially costly food. Our first Broadway experience is front and right for Anything Goes. This is a revival that won a Tony in '11 for Best Revival. It closed a week later on the 8th of July. There is quite a bit of tap dancing and the ocean liner theme is fun. It was a delightful play.
I venture to say none of us needed rocking to sleep.