After the Guggenheim, I walked through Central Park for hours. I started at 89th St and made my way down to the exit at 59th. Central Park is so big and it’s so beautiful even in winter when most of the trees have no leaves.
The Guggenheim was in the midst of an installation when I visited and only the first 2 floors were open to visitors. So instead of using my CityPASS for that, I decided to buy a ticket (price reduced to $6 due to the installation) and save the pass for the Top of the Rock instead. I think the building is pretty cool and I wish I’d been able to walk all the way up on the ramp and back down again!
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
After abandoning my place in (the very long) line the day before, I made it to the first ferry of the day at 9.30am for Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The weather could have been better but at least the queue was relatively short at that time.
Again, this was part of the CityPASS and consists of one ferry ride to and from Battery Park, with stops at Liberty Island and Ellis Island, and admission to Ellis Island Immigration Museum. If you don’t want to go to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, you can choose to do a Circle Line Cruise instead.
The Statue of Liberty is under renovation until October 2012 so there’s no entrance to the statue’s crown, pedestal, or museum. It was still nice to be able to get a close look at the famous Statue of Liberty. I enjoyed the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and I think the building has been restored very meaningfully.