“THE GREAT AMERICAN STAR TOWER”
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The Great American Star Tower is one of Great Adventure’s veteran attractions, opening at the park in 1983. This ride is perfect for families, as it features an air-conditioned cabin that travels up a 300-foot tower. Once the cabin reaches the top, it rotates, giving guests an unobstructed panoramic view of the park and its beautiful surrounding areas. Off in the distance, guests will even be able to see the New York City and Philadelphia skylines!
The relaxing nature of the Great American Star Tower makes it the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the beauty of Great Adventure during a day of New Jersey thrills! This is also one of the only rides in the park that permits on-ride photography, so you can always remember this un-rivaled view. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind family experience only at Six Flags Great Adventure!
Original photo of the Great Adventure skyline via greatadventurehistory.com, skytower photo via swampfoxer (flickr.com) (all rights reserved), edit by xenith.wav .
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A short New York experience to end my recap of the East Coast this quarter:
nedynedster and I were wandering the streets of New York looking for some cheap, appetizing food on our first night. Our options were a janky pizza place and a gyro food truck. We chose the latter. As we waited for our food, we made conversation with the guy making our food since we were the only ones there. An immigrant from Egypt, this man had been in the U.S. for the last few years working towards getting his college degree. His dream was to be a pilot of some sorts, and presently occupied himself working at this food stall on an unassuming corner of New York every weekend. He'd travel from New Jersey, make his coin, and return home to continue studying for school. When he finished our food, I was almost sad to leave. He'd been dancing to the music on the radio and was kind enough to caution us about the spicy sauce we had asked for. He didn't even know us, and he was considerate enough to open up about his life and aspirations. This was my defining moment of New York.
The next morning, I sat on a bench overlooking the New York skyline waiting for a ferry to visit Liberty Island. I cried for a good minute as I took in the sight that many people migrating to the U.S. first saw upon entering the country. A sight filled with promise and opportunity often contained rejection and prejudice. I'm incredibly sad that our current national rhetoric has escalated the way it has today. We all come from immigrant backgrounds and people to this day either forget this or neglect it.
I started thinking about the first sights my mom and dad saw when they entered the U.S. They were my age when they arrived from Mexico. How does one compare the images of a city skyline and a rugged border landscape? Ocean and desert? And the lives they lived, what would they say about it?
The immigrant experience is important to all people in the Americas. I saw a different variation of it in New York, but it really reminded me how similar all our stories are. And that's the strongest takeaway I learned away from home. Thousands of miles away, people are living similar lives like ours.