September 11th, 1883

“September 11th, (Cont.)

…New York lies on an island called Manhattan, about 15 miles long, and is separated from Brooklyn by the East River and from Jersey City by the North River, both branches of the River Hudson which unite at Battery Point where Castle Garden stands and where all the immigrants are taken to. The rivers are covered with large ferry boats that carry each about 20 carriages and 1,000 passengers. They are well fitted out and have ladies and gentlemen’s cabins….”

 (Sally Here: Check out the third photo down on the following web site. It’s a bird’s eye view of Castle Garden and the NY harbor in the 1880’s)

 “Papa had to hurry ashore to enter the ship at the Custom House. Soon our passengers left us, and were taken by a small steamer to Castle Garden. Our Neapolitan friends and the Greek girl came down in the cabin to bid us goodbye. When papa returned, we had tea and then went ashore. We boarded the tramway car as the American’s say, and left it in their Avenue, preferring to have a little walk and look at the shop windows. The greatest part of New York consists of long avenues going the length of the island and crossed by streets going from East to North River, which are only numbered. There are tramways running in every direction and then there are the elevated railroads that go over the houses…..”

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