This morning we ventured out on the subway and headed to Tribeca. Enroute we stopped at a Farmers Market around the corner from City Hall. After a look around and a chat to one of the vendors selling honey we stopped off at Jerry's Diner on Chambers Street for a double shot espresso and a raisin and cinnamon bagle.
After Jerrys it was off to the World Trade Centre Memorial. We had our tickets booked for 11am and arrived in plenty of time and just as well as there were plenty of people there paying their respects. After collecting your entry tickets, they are free but you are encouraged to make an on line donation, it is a 6 block walk up to the site. Following an airport type security screening you move on to a huge open park. The park is extremely quiet, if it wasn't for the mass of construction work going on around the World Trade Centre site you could hear a pin drop. While walking around there and taking photos I made a very concerted effort to not include any names in my photos out of respect out of the names listed and their loved ones.
Given where we were quite apt.
It is a token gesture but the least I can do as I did not know anyone who died that terrible day in September 2001. I saw a number of men with tears in their eyes, whether it be because of loved ones lost or just the sheer power of the meaning of what happened here over a decade ago. It really is a moving tribute to all the people whos lives were taken in such a horrible way.
From the World Trade Centre we had planned to go to the New York Stock Exchange, but a right instead of a left landed us at Battery Park City on the banks of the Hudson River. All was not lost as we got our second look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as Jersey City, New Jersey. It was while we were here we were entertained by three construction worker mates. Their extremely broad New York accent mixed with multiple "f bombs" had Vicki and I in stitches.
After leaving our photo spot on the Hudson we were heading back to the subway to go to Greenwich Village when we bumped in to a 3
From South Pool, again a very apt title given where we were
month old pup named Kirby and her "mum" who was trying in vein to get Kirby to walk with a lead on. After chatting to the New York local for about 10 minutes on our travels in her country we continued our walk to the subway and Greenwich Village.
We hopped off the subway at Union Square which was all hustle and bustle as it was lunch time. We stopped off at a Korean cafe/restaurant and enjoyed the food a lot. Nice and light but plenty of flavour. We then called in to a chemist and picked up some things Vicki was after. What amazed us at the chemist is not only can you get bread and milk but also cold beer - huh? LOL
From the chemist we headed back to our brownstone for me to download our photos from today and write the blog. We are both excited about going to see Evita on Broadway tonight and taking some photos of New York by night. Should be worthy of another blog entry.
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