Exploring New York City can be really exhausting when there is a lot of walking involved. Last night we didn’t post a blog because we were so exhausted we just wanted to sleep.
Yesterday we ventured out to south of Tribeca to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and checked out the museum. To get here, we caught the subway for the first time which was exciting. The subway here is quick, efficient and cleaner than you think.
When we got to the plaza, we checked out the twin reflecting pools, which are nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit in place where the Two Towers once stood. We also noticed the World Trade Centre here which is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. After that, we went into the museum. The Museum displays artifacts associated with the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks, while presenting stories of loss and recovery and the history of the Twin Tower. I remember back in 2001 watching glimpses of the events of 9/11 but I never really understood what was going on. To be in this museum and learn about the attacks which killed 2,977 victims, and the World Trade Centre bombing of 1993, which killed six was overwhelmingly awful and emotional. As we walked through the museum, we saw the original foundation of the Twin Tower. We also saw “missing” posters of people who had been killed during the attack. We saw videos of the towers being strike by the airplane and we heard the last words of some of 9/11’s victims. We also saw the faces of the 2,911 victims that perished in the wake of 9/11. In the words of Joe Bradley, Operating Engineer and Recovery Worker at Ground Zero, I felt like we came in as individuals but walked out together.
After this, I was keen on checking out Wall Street, so we walked from the 9/11 Memorial Plaza to Wall Street which was about 15 minutes away. It was cool to see the famous Financial District of lower Manhattan.
When we were done taking photos of Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange, we walked through a busy street to Brooklyn Bridge. This bridge looms over NYC’s East River, linking the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Walking over this bridge, we got to enjoy great views and iconic landmarks. While we were on the bridge, we were approached by a gentleman who asked if he could take a picture of us using his camera and asked if wanted a printed copy of it for $10USD. We said yes as we thought it was nice. It was a really nice photo. After walking over the bridge, we were feeling hungry so we decided to stroll through Dumbo, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, for a place to eat at. After having lunch, we decided to walk around Dumbo until it got chilly and caught the train back to our hotel.
Following that, we decided to visit the Time Square and take some photos before going to the movies to see The Hunger Games: Mockingly 2. I must say the movie ended better then the novel did but it was a bit of an overkill. Amazingly enough on our walk around, we walked past The New York Times building which was cool.