Slobot About Town LVIII:

Slobot takes the Midnight Train to New York City, pt. 01!

It was almost midnight and Slobot was at the Magnolia Street Train Station.

He was waiting for the Crescent train, which runs through more states than any other Amtrak train.

Slobot's train was delayed for more than 2 hours, but by 2:30 a.m. Slobot was onboard and headed for New York City!

Slobot whiled the time away by drinking coffee in the dining car.

In Washington, DC, the train stopped for a much needed bathroom break.

The respite allowed Slobot a chance to stretch his legs.

Soon Slobot was back on the train. He occupied his time by reading Peter Bogdanovich's This is Orson Welles.

After 14 hours on the Crescent, Slobot finally emerged to discover that he was finally in New York City!

Slobot's first stop was Central Park.

Central Park provides a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Slobot spent the afternoon in quiet repose.

Night, however, soon descended and Slobot realized that he needed to find a place to sleep.

Slobot made his way to Astoria, Queens in the hope of finding a place to spend the night. In Astoria, Slobot found the Triborough Bridge. The Triborough Bridge began construction on Black Friday in 1929.

Construction was complicated by the Great Depression and so the bridge would not be completed until 1936. After visiting the Triborough Bridge Slobot made his way to a new friend's apartment in Astoria.

The next morning Slobot emerged from his crony's $800 a month Astoria hovel. Slobot then made his way to the subway and, ultimately, to the southern tip of Manhattan.

At the southern tip of Manhattan, Slobot found the East Coast War Memorial, which is dedicated to the 4600+ men and women who died in the Western waters of the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. It was dedicated by then president John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Near the memorial Slobot also found a familiar image lurking on the horizon, the Statue of Liberty!

The statue is guarded by the Coast Guard, among others.

The Coast Guard hot-dogged around, much to the delight of Slobot.

To get to the Statue of Liberty, Slobot had to take a ferry.

Slobot was soon aboard the ferry and so saw the Manhattan skyline recede into the distance.

Before long, Slobot found himself on Liberty Island.

Slobot leaned against a rail and gazed at the 151 foot statue.

France, in anticipation of the 1876 Centennial of the American Declaration of Independence, had planned on making the statue a gift to the United States.

The statue, however, would not be completed until 1884 and the pedestal, built by the United States, was not completed until 1886.

On October 28, 1886 then President Grover Cleveland unveiled the completed Statue of Liberty.

The statue, having been extensively refurbished, was rededicated by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

Stay tuned for more of Slobot's adventures in New York City!