Sunday, April 20, 2014

Coming to America

Inside Ellis Island.  My Great Grandfather, Giuseppi Joseph Falcone
walked through these doorways, in this room, to come to America with his brother.
This is the Ship Manifest from the Ship that Lena Perna, my Great Grandpa's 2nd wife, came over from Italy.  She was traveling with a child, and had $72.  That was the most money, on this page, that anyone had.  They traveled in the bottom of the ship, with the poor people.
It was so cool to be able to look up this information, right there on the computers.  It was a great feeling, seeing their names.  I felt a special feeling, and had a better understanding of why my dad did so much genealogy work.  I felt grateful for the sacrifices that my grandparents endured. Because of him, coming to America I have had many blessings.
I can only imagine how wonderful it must of have felt to see the Statue of America, after being 'packed' on a crowded ship for 14-16 days, in the bottom of the ship, with one suitcase and some snacks.  It truly is a marvelous sight to see!
A welcome light of hope and dreams. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mass Incarceration in the US

Here is why I am an Advocate and Activist, for prison reform. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hair Extensions

Look, while walking up on the 'Highline',  The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York,
 We discovered where they grow my 'HAIR EXTENSIONS'!

Perfect Match.  And all I have to do, is pull weeds.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Sad Reminder of what Terrorist can do. We will not Forget.

 One World Trade Center is the primary building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City, and the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.[9] The 104-story supertall structure stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade CenterOn March 30, 2009, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the building would be known by its legal name, One World Trade Center, rather than the colloquial name, Freedom Tower.[1]
The tower's steel structure topped out on August 30, 2012.[3][11] On May 10, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making One World Trade Center the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the world at the time by pinnacle height. Its spire reaches a symbolic height of 1,776 feet (541 m) in reference to the year of the United States Declaration of Independence.[12][13][14] It has been the tallest structure in New York City since April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building.
 St. Paul's Chapel-- a Sanctuary at Ground Zero, after 9/11.
This small chapel is right across the street from the where the Twin Towers stood.
Many sought refuge there.  It was a somber, yet somehow, comforting feeling inside, for me.
Ground Zero, memorial pools, and the names of the  2,996 
murdered Americans.  We will not Forget.
Brandi and I felt the unbelievable, senseless, loss of so many.
The building and Architecture, is truly a "Modern Marvel".


Time Square, Cake Boss, Les Miserables, Broadway Shows, Food Tour, Subways, Bakeries, Little Italy, China Town, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, Museum of Modern Art, and more!
I Had a blast with my Sister-Sheila, Daughter-Brandi, and Niece-Krista.
I have never been to New York, so everything was exciting to me.
(more pictures to come)