Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Pork bellies and Dow Jones

The Brooklyn Bridge

I couldn’t work in Finance and not visit Wall St… I spent a fair bit of time in the area, looking around all of the financial district skyscrapers, the NYSE, as well as walking along the Hudson, and the site of the former World Trade Centre where I looked at the plans for the site and what it will become.

The New York Stock Exchange, and the site of the former World Trade Centre

I also took a trip on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s quite unbelievable that this is a free ferry service. It must cost the Port Authority a lot of money each year to keep it running…
Another day I returned and took the ferry out to Liberty and Ellis Islands. Ellis Island is a really interesting place, with a museum dedicated to the years that it served as the main immigration point into the United States. The photos and stories of the people who passed through the Island were fascinating.

Clockwise from top left: Skyscrapers of the NY financial district,
along the Hudson, and the Statue of Liberty

One of the highlights of my trip to New York was the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s probably the city’s most famous bridge, and is a great way to see both Brooklyn, and the New York City skyline. I did the walk in the late afternoon, so it was great to be able to see the sun setting over the city, and the light slowly coming on.

Sun setting over the New York skyline, from the Brooklyn Bridge