~ Liberty State Park, New Jersey ~

On the foggy, drizzly morning of June 13, 1958, Morris Pesin made his historic 8 minute canoe trip to the Statue of liberty with a Jersay Journal reporter to dramatize the close proximity of the Jersey City shoreline to Ms. Liberty. The results of his trip served to focus public attention on his idea of a public access to the Statue from New Jersey and an open space family park rising up from the waterfront wasteland of decaying piers and abandoned railroad yards.

Morris Pesin is known as the "father of Liberty State park." He spent 18 years crusading to create this urban state park, which opened on the Bicentennial of the United States on Flag Day, June 14, 1976. He, then, continued to work with other park advocates for 16 years to guide the progress of the park to a free and green park within sight of Liberty and Ellis Islands for people of all backgrounds to enjoy.

A plaque in the Visitor Center reads, "A tribute to Morris Pesin whose imagination, dedication and perserverance were prime factors in making the dream of Liberty State Park a reality."

Jersey City's most-visited "destination" site is undoubtedly the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal. From the terminal visitors may take the ferries that sail to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Station or tour the remarkable natural wonders of Liberty State Park, New Jersey's largest urban state park. Together they form "The Historic Trilogy," an incomparable location in all of the United States.

The Statue of Liberty National Monument recalls the period of massive immigration to the United States at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. The main port of entry at Ellis Island processed 12 million arrivals from 1892 to 1954. While many stayed in the region, others spread across America, with more than 10 million leaving from the nearby Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal.

The Ellis Island Immigration Station opened in 1895 to process the immigrants pouring into the New York Harbor area. These people supplied the labor, and in many cases the expertise, which fueled the Industrial Revolution in this country. Today, over half of the people living in the U.S. can trace their ancestry back to those immigrants.

Completing the trilogy is the CRRNJ Terminal. It was constructed in 1889 and expanded to its current size in 1914. Expansion was necessitated by increased rail and ferry traffic. Approximately two-thirds of the immigrants processed on Ellis Island used the CRRNJ Terminal to find their way to a new life.

There will be several panorama shots and vertical shots on the three pages covering Liberty State Park, Ellis Island and Liberty island. These locations demand those kinds of phtography.

The Circle of Flags

One of the first things I saw on Liberty Walk, after the Circle of Flags, were these Canadian geese

Lady Liberty as seen from the Circle of Flags
This is as close as one can get to the Statue of Liberty without getting in a boat or swimming, both of which are illegal, except for Statue Cruises, which has the exclusive franchise to run tours to Ellis and Liberty Islands. The distance to the statue from the Circle of Flags is 2000 feet (a bit over one-third mile) and from Battery Park in NYC the distance is 1 5/8 miles.

Verrazano Narrows Bridge from Long Island to Staten Island

A closer look at Lady Liberty

The new World Trade Center going up

Jersey City and New York skylines from Liberty State Park

There were more Canadian geese in attendance

The Salt Marsh with the park Interpretive Center in the background. Salt marshes, like the small remaining one in Liberty State Park, once lined the entire coast of New York Harbor and much of the east coast of the United States. Over the centuries, most have been filled in as industrial sites were built. These remnant marshes teem with the life that results when brackish water meets fertile soil. We've learned much about the benefits of our remaining wetlands and now we are protecting them from filling in and development.

The green topped building on the left is Citicorp Center in NYC. The top is plated with copper, which is the same metal used to make the Statue of Liberty. The skyline on the right is a part of Jersey City.

On the left is the former Immigration Processing Center (now the museum) on Ellis Island. Ellis Island is even closer to New Jersey than Liberty Island. There is a bridge between Liberty Park and Ellis Island, but traffic is restricted to workers.
On the right are three planes that were flying up the Hudson River. Some distance behind them were three blimps, which were, as the sign read, a part of the Parade of Blimps.

More NYC skyline with the Empire State Building in the center

Another section of New York City skyline. Havnig been to NYC several times I think this is as close as I want to get, expecially in a motor home.

Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

CRRNJ Terminal

Inside the CRRNJ Terminal
Finally, after over two hours of walking and exploring, I arrived at the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, which is where the tickets for the Statue Cruise's Ferry are sold.

The people were lining up when I got there

While other people were returning from earlier trips

A couple of closer shots of the new World Trade Center

The shot of CRRNJ on the left was taken from the ferry. It was very difficult to get a full shot from the dock. The arm on the left side of the right photo belongs to the girlfriend or wife of the guy in the photo. I never have understood those foam souvenir things. Perhaps in the next life.

The two panoramas above are of a similar view the NYC skyline. The old view on top was taken in August of 2001 less than a month before 9/11. The bottom photo was taken after I returned from the ferry ride from Liberty Island in September of 2012. You can see that several other new buildings have gone up during the past eleven years and the sky was much clearer then.

Heading back to Arvie

These photos were taken after my visit to Ellis and Liberty Islands on the walk back down Liberty Walk

Lady Liberty from the ferry

And some cormorant-like birds waiting to dive for fish

Hey! I'm taking to YOU!

Even more Canadian geese

Of course, there were flowers

Back to the Salt Marsh and I was very near Arvie and Budder again. It had been a long day.

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