New York City 2014: Ellis Island, Bridesmaid Luncheon, and Austrian Dinner

Group Photo on Ellis Island with Manhattan in the background

Group Photo on Ellis Island with Manhattan in the background

Koen and I were finally able to visit Ellis Island! We really wanted to go last year, but because of Hurricane Sandy, the museum was closed. Koen and I visited Ellis Island with Christina and her family, Ashley, and Meredith. This was a special visit because Christina’s father’s father and grandfather (so her grandfather and great-grandfather)  entered the United States via Ellis Island and both of their names are commemorated on a plaque. Koen and I visited the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp recently, which is about leaving Europe for the United States, so we felt like we came full circle visiting Ellis Island and learning about entering the US.

After Ellis Island, I left with Christina, her mom, Ashley, and Meredith for the bridesmaid luncheon at Ladurée in Soho. Yum! We enjoyed a delicious lunch and macarons. I love Ladurée so much – all of the pastel colors, the feminity, and the Parisian je ne sais quoi. When Koen proposed to me, we celebrated with brunch at the location on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Although we have a Ladurée in Antwerp, it’s only a boutique – macarons and sweets to-go – so I was excited for the bridesmaid luncheon!

That evening Koen and I went back to Brooklyn for a delicious Austrian dinner at Café Steinhof with Elaine and her dad! Right before we arrived in NYC, it seemed the entire Simeon family became ill. So Koen and I were happy to be able to see at least a couple of Simeons and give our best wishes to Christine and her mom 🙂

We started out by grabbing breakfast at Fay Da, a Chinese bakery in Chinatown

We started out by grabbing breakfast at Fay Da, a Chinese bakery in Chinatown – Koen got a mango smoothie and a steamed hotdog bun; I ordered an iced coffee, steamed pork bun, and a coconut bun!

 

Cindy and Lee browsing the Chinese baked goods

Cindy and Lee browsing the Chinese baked goods

 

My yummy yellow coconut bun!

My yummy yellow coconut bun!

 

Koen took this lovely photo on the subway on the way to Battery Park

Koen took this lovely photo on the subway on the way to Battery Park

 

Battery Park, on our way to the ferry

Battery Park, on our way to the ferry

 

Louise Bourgeois, "Eyes", 1995

Louise Bourgeois, “Eyes”, 1995 – Public art in Battery Park

 

New and old architecture

New and old architecture

 

Entrance to the ferry

Entrance to the ferry

 

Leaving Manhattan

Leaving Manhattan

 

Koen and me with the Freedom Tower in the background

Koen and me with the Freedom Tower in the background

 

View of the Financial District from the ferry

View of the Financial District from the ferry

 

Passing the Statue of Liberty

Passing the Statue of Liberty

 

God bless America, y'all!

Christina and me with Lady Liberty

 

Ellis Island!

Ellis Island!

 

The Registery Room: From 1900 to 1924 this room was filled with new arrivals waiting to be inspected and registered; on many days over 5,000 people would file through the space

The Registery Room: From 1900 to 1924 this room was filled with new arrivals waiting to be inspected and registered; on many days over 5,000 people would file through the space

 

Arriving at Ellis Island

Arriving at Ellis Island

 

Getting inspected

Getting inspected

 

The inspection process

The inspection process

 

If you were suspected of being ill after the initial inspection, the inspector marked you with chalk

If you were suspected of being ill after the initial inspection, the inspector marked you with chalk

 

Groups of women and men

Groups of women, children, and men

 

Ship registry

Ship registry

 

Photos of passengers

Portraits of passengers

 

The courtroom where your case would be heard

The courtroom where your case would be heard

 

A photo of the first café the new arrivals encountered

A photo of the first café the new arrivals encountered

 

Sebastian and Sebastiano Latina

Sebastian and Sebastiano Latina

 

Koen with Manhattan in the background

Koen with Manhattan in the background – he almost fell into the water! It was only after taking photos we noticed the signs that you’re not supposed to sit on the walls

 

And me with Manhattan

And me with Manhattan

 

Ladurée in Soho

Ladurée in Soho

 

Annette, Christina, and Meredith

Annette, Christina, and Meredith

 

Ashley and me

Ashley and me

 

Group photo with our meals

Group photo with our meals

 

My mini chicken burgers with mozzarella, ginger, and lemon confiture

My mini chicken burgers with mozzarella, ginger, and lemon confiture

 

Dessert!

Dessert!

 

Christina and the bridesmaids

Christina and the bridesmaids

 

Christina and her mom

Christina and her mom

 

Café Steinhof in Park Slope (Brooklyn)

Café Steinhof in Park Slope (Brooklyn)

 

Elaine and her dad

Elaine and her dad

 

Koen and me

Koen and me

 

My delicious bratwurst with sauerkraut and potatoes

My delicious bratwurst with sauerkraut and potatoes

 

And Linzer Torte with sour cherries for dessert!

And Linzer Torte with sour cherries for dessert!

 

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