That is how long I recently had the pleasure of spending in Manhattan. It was one of those trips where everything went right. Connections were made, transitions flawless, plans wholly accomplished.
Since it’s the eve of the Fourth of July, I want to spotlight 180 of those NY minutes that were spent getting to, from and visiting the Statue of Liberty.
The weather looked like it might not cooperate, but in the end it all worked out and even provided me with two different backdrops for the Statue: cloudy and partly cloudy/blue sky mix.
It really makes me appreciate the work that went into designing, building and transporting her, how long she has been standing there, how many millions of people have photographed her, the people for whom she was the first sign of making it to America (12 million immigrants viewed her as they arrived at Ellis Island). Also the times she has stood through and watched and I thought of the people who were standing there when the World Trade Center Towers were hit. Now riding back on the ferry, another change in the skyline. The new World Trade Center being built. Signs of hope, perseverance and optimism.