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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and CRRNJ Terminal:

Immigration Triumvirate

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The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are American icons. For many of us Americans, they were the first two sites that our ancestors saw upon their arrival to this country and finding relatives’ names in the scrolls at the Ellis Island Museum, a touching experience to say the least. I recently discovered a third historic landmark that tells an equally important part of America’s immigration history…the Central Railroad Terminal of New Jersey.

On my previous trips to the Status of Liberty, I had always taken the ferry from Battery Park in New York. This time however, I found myself on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River and left from Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The ticket office for the ferry is located within the railroad terminal, a beautifully restored piece of architecture standing on the waterfront. Once on the boat, the views of this stunning building are incredible. It is surrounded by the 1,200-acre Liberty State Park and faces the New York City skyline.

The building’s history is amazing, if lesser known than its famous neighbors. Approximately 2/3 of Ellis Island Immigrants made the train terminal their next stop, where they boarded trains to take them to other parts of America to start their lives. Later, during America’s railroad boom, the terminal was a stopping off point for New York commuters, who would arrive by train and board ferries to go to Wall Street and other New York locations. On September 11, 2001, the building served as a triage center for the attack on the World Trade Center. Today, the building is an amazing piece of history not to be missed.

Posted by EugeneF 09:57 Archived in USA Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Soccer to US...Football to the WORLD!

CONCACAF Soccer Tournament @ Giants Stadium - July 26th

It's fair enough to say that the Meadowlands is usually known for a different kind of football then for what is coming to the Meadowlands on July 26th. To Americans it is known as soccer but to the rest of the world it is football.

The CONCACAF soccer tournament finals are coming to Giants Stadium on July 26th. The tournament runs from July 3rd to July 26th and is being played in 13 different U.S. cities. The tournament consists of 12 North American teams and it will be the second time that Giants Stadium will be hosting the games.

Tickets are still available! Oh, and you can take the train now to Giants Stadium! Go to http://meadowlands.com/Events/CONCACAF_Gold_Cup_2009_Final.aspx to buy tickets.

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Posted by EugeneF 08:57 Archived in USA Tagged events Comments (0)

Escape NYC Hotel Prices in the Meadowlands Liberty Region

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I recently set out to plan a low-cost trip to New York. Yes, I just put low-cost and New York in the same sentence. My goal was to experience New York, see some of the sites and maybe catch a show without having to stay at a hostel or sleep in a tiny room.

Turns out, the answer was not to stay in New York at all, but just across the Hudson River in New Jersey. New Jersey’s Meadowlands Liberty region is as close to midtown Manhattan as many parts of New York City are and the hotels are just as nice and half as expensive. In fact, when I searched www.stayinthemeadowlands.com and www.stayonthewaterfront.com, I came across just about every major hotel flag in the world, many of which offered options within my budget.

We settled on the Holiday Inn in Secaucus and paid about $100/night less than we would have in New York. We were able to get into New York via a short bus ride that left from in front of the hotel. Turns out, we didn’t even have to go to New York for some of the stuff we wanted to do. The ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island leaves from New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. One night, we were feeling too lazy to brave the New York City crowds, so we decided to have dinner right outside our hotel at the spectacular Bonefish Grill.

Next time you want to go to New York, consider New Jersey.

Posted by EugeneF 09:37 Archived in USA Tagged lodging Comments (1)

Calling All Birds and Bird Watchers

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Mallard.jpg Liberty State Park boasts 200 species of birds, including some on New Jersey's endangered species and protected species. Located along the Atlantic Flyway, a migratory path defined by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Appalachian Mountains on the west, the Meadowlands Liberty region is a prime location for birds of all feathers. New Jersey provides diverse habitats birds find attractive-- marshes, estuaries, hills, valleys, protected marshlands -- all found in the Meadowlands Liberty region.

Some of the common birds that can be seen include the following:
Larks
Snowie Owls
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Green Heron
Egrets
Black and Ruddy Duck
Common Moorhen
Green and blue-winged teal
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Pied-Billed Grebe
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Gadwall
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Virginia Rail
Little Blue Heron
Sora
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
American Coot
Willow Flycatcher
Tree Swallow
Yellow Crowned Night Heron
Marsh Wren
Yellow Warbler
Mute Swan
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Goose
Swamp Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
N. Harrier

Posted by EugeneF 08:50 Archived in USA Tagged ecotourism Comments (1)

Shop Till You Drop!

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I couldn't believe the deals that I found the other day at the outlet malls in Secaucus and I didn't even have to pay sales tax! The quality was great and the selection was vast.

I was able to shop at DKNY Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Gucci, Reebok, and Syms. The deals was unbelievable! I found jeans at Tommy Hilfiger for only $20!!!! Being a good shopper that I think I am I couldn't believe my eyes. I originally went for a pair of sneakers from Reebok but since the stores were so close to each other I couldn't resist. I just had to stop in! I only stopped at a few today but I know I will be back soon to hit all the rest of the stores (maybe even this weekend).

Posted by EugeneF 09:02 Archived in USA Tagged shopping Comments (0)

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