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Liberty Enlightening The World

Posted by holmfamilycookbook on October 22, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Did you know that Liberty Enlightening the World was originally the name of the Statue of Liberty? On our recent trip to NYC, Troy and I secured some of the last tickets to walk to the crown of Lady Liberty, prior to the next remodel.

When you're 125 years old, there is a good chance you too could use a facelift! If visiting NYC, I would highly recommend this trip. Easily accessible via the subway, it makes for a full day when you also visit Ellis Island. Tip, do not take a pocket knife.Troy had to "secure" his knife in the bushes, at the suggestion of the security screeners.


After walking to the top, all 354 steps, we were ready to rest our legs. Just happened that there was a tour about to start. The U.S. National Park Service ranger, Dave Stack, imparted so much information with passion and beautiful back drops - the Manhattan and New Jersey shorelines, and the Statue of Liberty.

Dave shared some of the symbolism of the Statue. Her foot is not flat, but preparing to take a step, always moving forward. The shackles at her feet broken, freedom. The crown, always lit for enlightening. Did you know there are 250 watt bulbs to light that crown? Next stop was Ellis Island. This was a self guided tour. I loved reading the stories of people's reaction when they first viewed the statue as they entered the United States.

Needless to say, after our tours we were ready for some dinner and beverages. We caught the subway to Houston, just a few blocks from Bleecker (the street where the apartment is that were staying at). As we walked down Houston, we passed Gilda's Club www.gildasclubnyc.org/ - which supports anyone with cancer, the street also had a sign, "Gilda Radner Way." She was such a GREAT entertainer! So I diverge...


We headed to John's of Bleecker Street, Johnsbrickovenpizza.com. John's was recommended by Susie Ackerman, one of our recipe testers, and written up in United Airlines Hemisphere magazine. I had to eat John's New York pizza!

We had passed by John's at 9:00 on a Saturday night and again 6:00 on Sunday night, both nights had lines out the door. Tuesday at 5:00, we were seated immediately. John's was decorated in quite an eclectic way. The wooden booths had years of carvings on them. Actors and sports celebrities had autographed photos throughout the restaurant. I was seated under a picture of the 1961 Yankees. Troy selected the roasted tomato (with both red and yellow tomatoes), sliced meatball, and black olive pizza.

We accompanied that with a house salad - iceberg lettuce, mushrooms, pickled beets, onions dressed with a light vinaigrette dressing.

Beverage of choice was Yuengling Lager, a darker lager brewed in Pennsylvania www.yuengling.com/. It was great a NYC Greenwich Village neighborhood experience!

~ Susie

Categories: Travel, Restaurant Overviews

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Reply ~merry~
10:46 PM on October 22, 2011 
I had a pint of the Yuengling lager at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It was great!
Reply Wendy
2:51 PM on October 24, 2011 
After ready your blog about John?s Pizza I realized I have eaten there too.
When I first started working at Baer back in like 1989 or so we went to an advertising show in New York.
One of our contacts took us to John?s. I loved their thin crust.
I had to confirm the memory with Dallas and Danelle because I wasn?t sure. Dallas even remembered the kind of pizza we had.
We also climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty. We were all dressed up to go to the advertising show. Danelle and I were even in dresses wearing heels!
Reply Betty Lovett
3:54 PM on October 28, 2011 
I have also been to John's on Bleeker, and I loved it! I didn't know about Gilda Radner's street tho, very cool! Something to go to next time I'm in the village. :) I hope you and Troy will come back soon to NYC!! LOVES!!!! XOXOXO Betty and Brendan
post script
I found the recipe book (surprise!) IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED!! you are the best :) thank you thank you thank you!!!! xoxoxoxoxo