It's been fifty-nine years since I've been to New York or seen the harbor. On July 4th, 1955, my mother, father, brother and I sailed in on a ship from Stephenville, Newfoundland where we'd been at Harmon Air Force Base for the past two years. I was impressed with the site of the Statue of Liberty, but somehow I missed seeing Ellis Island (or have forgotten). The facility closed in November of 1954. As we sailed past these landmarks I remarked to my husband I wished we'd planned to stay in the area for a few days so we could tour Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. We both love history and both landmarks have impacted our history in such a major way.
In 1955, our car was damaged aboard the ship, and being a holiday weekend, we had to spend several days in New York getting it repaired. We stayed at the Henry Hudson Hotel. Our room was on the 19th floor--way too high up for this ten-year-old girl. The hotel wasn't airconditioned and there were no screens on the windows. A half piece of glass did tilt up and out from the base, but it didn't reassure me. I'd been going through a sleep-walking phase and was terrified I'd walk in my sleep and jump out the window. My fretting upset my mother and interrupted her sleep.
The Henry Hudson Hotel is still there, a very fashionable one now. The picture to the left is from an old postcard http://www.lileks.com/NYC/postcards/Hotels/hudson.html
My memories of New York, other than my fear of sleep-walking, are of visiting the Empire State Building and eating at an automat--something I'd never seen or heard of.
Here is our first view of Carnival Triumph as we pulled up to the dock for boarding and a picture of the Intrepid taken from the Denali Deck where we had lunch.
We were so tired our first day, we were in bed and asleep by 10:00 PM. Saturday was spend at sea where I played the slots, visited the shops, and we sat on our balcony and read. We loved the motion of the boat. As a matter-of-fact, I miss it here on land.
As after every trip, now there is laundry to do, and chores to catch up on, not to mention all the emails to answer. Our little dog Molly was so thrilled to see us she ran around in circles. She stayed with our son. He said she was depressed and moped around the entire time.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Tomorrow I'll post pictures of St. John.
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