last night my company had our summer outing and, much to my chagrin, we took a boat out on the hudson. (you can look at this post to see why i have chagrin, and yes, the shipwreck post is coming soon. get excited). let's just say boats are not my thing.
we sailed down to the tip of manhattan and got right up next to the statue of liberty. when i was intern i used to watch the sun rise and set over lady liberty, and it was the first time in my life i felt like i had "made it". (i was wrong. but hey, i appreciate the memory). the statue of liberty is an amazing engineering feat (i'm an engineer, i have to mention it!) and such a huge symbol to all americans about how diverse and unique our country is. even if america isn't your jam, there's really no other country that came to fruition out of the families of immigrants from every corner of the world. and i think that's pretty cool, myself. so what do you know - when we sailed by her everyone came out on deck to take a pictures. iphones and blackberrys as far as the eye could see. we might be jaded new yorkers, but there are still certain sites that we never tire of either, and lady liberty is one of them. a few more that i think are worthy of the list are:
the brooklyn bridge
top of the rock (see this post for more!)
grand central station
if i had any advice to a tourist, it would be to put those at the top of your list. what about the other former or current new yorkers who read this - what would you add? and for those who have come here, is there something you think i'm missing out on by pretending i'm too cool to see it?