Today we toured statues made of Barre Granite, and spent most our time at Brooklyn Tech speaking with the black student union. We heard their personal stories of racism and how they hope for change. In the evening we enjoyed food at the Dekalb courtyard and ate a variety of food.
Hello from NYC! Throughout our time here we will be looking for evidence about the “melting pot” theory – is it or is it not happening?
We had a pretty early start with breakfast at The Apollo Diner at 7:30 a.m. Starting the day together was great. A subway took us from Brooklyn, where we are staying, to Battery Park, where we caught a 9:30 a.m. ferry to Liberty Island. Seeing Lady Liberty close up amazed most of us because of her size. It was a beautiful day and even though it was cold, it was not that bad for us. She is really tall and can be seen from places across the Hudson and from the harbor. Truly wonderful to meet her.
Then we were off on the ferry again, heading to Ellis Island, and arrived at 10:37 a.m. For many of us it was an emotional experience to follow in the footsteps so many took when they first arrived in the U.S. It was like reliving history. Some even traced their ancestors and found when they arrived here.
Our time at Ellis Island went by fast and we caught the 1:30 p.m. ferry to continue our day in Little Italy. So about 2 p.m. we arrived at Di palo’s Deli. The aroma of freshly made cheese hit us the moment we entered. What an amazing place with specialty cheeses and products not found in other places. Lou, the owner, gave us a very engaging talk about how his deli started, about the cheeses he makes there and imports, his family history, and about the gentrification of Little Italy. We also got to taste some delicious cheeses!
After a break and walking around or having some Italian pastries and coffees 4:30 seemed the perfect time for pizza at Lombardi’s. One different pizza we enjoyed was the clam one – very delicious! There we met Art, who gave us a history of Lombardi’s and a walking tour of Greenwich Village, which was a music and art district in the past. We ended our day at the Stonewall Monument. It was a long and busy day – just wonderful!