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Another Day of Adventure

semi-overcast 65 °F


Breakfast at the hotel was a perk with Todd's 'Premier' status with Marriott. Another nice surprise in staying there. Afterwards we struck out 'on foot' to catch the tour bus for Lower Manhattan. Yesterday, we avoided Lower Manhattan since it was the 18th Anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and the crowds and ceremonies would have made it impossible to get near. Seated on the top of the double-decker bus allowed us to view the magnificent buildings along Broadway as we passed by Greenwich Village, Washington Square, City Hall, and St. Paul's Chapel near the site of the World Trade Center's buildings collapse. We disimbarked the bus and walked the several blocks to the Memorial Pools which were constructed on the footprints on the 2 destroyed buildings. After purchasing passes to enter the Memorial we waited in line for an hour to show the passes at the ticket window to receive the stubs to enter! Nothing like New York (or the Army where you hurry up and wait!)!! The Museum is huge. Once entering the building lobby you descend 70' by esculator to the bed-rock level from which the Towers rose in construction. We opted for a docent-led tour, well worth the $40. expenditure (for 2). The story of that fateful day was told with pictures, videos, and artifacts (crushed fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars) along with pieces of steel girders ripped in two from the violence of the explosions. The clean-up effort was illustrated, and of course, the personal interest stories of the fallen and the survivors left behind was very emotional and sobering. On this 23 acre site a new, magnificent World Trade building has been built and stands 1,776' in height including the tower on the top. It stands as a wonderful symbol to the world that our freedom cannot be defeated.
From there we walked to the Hudson River water's edge in Battery Park to board a tour boat. We cruised the East River, under the Brooklyn Bridge to the Hudson River near the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and admired the New York and Staten Island skylines from the harbor. Disembarking the boat at Pier 76 near 42nd St. and walking to 30th and 7th Avenue to catch the tour bus, we completed our tour of Lower Manhattan. Sites along the way included the United Nations Building, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chrysler Building, and too many museums to mention. By the time we completed the tour at Rockefeller Center and walked back to the hotel we were 'pooped'. "Mustang Harry's" around the corner looked like a good place to have a drink and dinner once more. Total distance walking for the day--5 miles............... many aching muscles! More tomorrow...


Posted by dixter 16:15 Archived in USA Tagged new york 2 city-day

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