The more I travel on this trip, the more I realize just how much of a country gal I am. I hear people talk of the excitement of cities, but mostly I feel overwhelmed when in the hustle bustle of the cities.
None the less we are going into New York for the day. I have been several times over the years but of course this is Hailey's first trip to the East so we will go in for the day. Of course there is no way to do justice to New York in a day so we must choose carefully the most important things that we want to do. I have been to New York several times post 9-11 and followed the reconstruction of the area so I wanted to visit the site and see the Museum. Hailey wanted to see the Statue of Liberty and ride on a Ferry in the Harbor to get the Harbor Views. Her second choice was to see the John Lennon Memorial in Central Park.
Getting to the city is a long trek from Northwest Connecticut but I enjoyed the scenery since I was a passenger rather than the driver. It is amazing to just be able to look at the scenery as I pass by rather than the cars and the road.
Lunch was first on the order of business. It always is when Bjorn is with us. Some people view the city as a way to experience the city. With Bjorn along....we would eat our way around the city. Near the 9-11 site is a wonderful place to eat. The glass atrium is huge and full of light. The are upscale restaurants but also a large food court on the second floor that has anything a person could want. We had salads at place that chops your fresh salad, made to order.
On a previous trips to New York, I saw the mangled steel left behind by the collapse of the towers. The steel beams still formed a cross as they stood up in among the ashes. It became a symbol of hope and recovery in the somber days following 9/11. Workers wrote memos on the beams.
I saw it then, it touched my soul.
Photo from the Examiner via internet
photo from Catholic exchange
Recently court challenges by atheists were rejected and it has been allowed to remain in the 9/11 museum although no pictures of it are allowed to be taken.
I saw it again, it touched my soul.
Following 9/11/ the 30-foot American flag destroyed at 90 West Street in the aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Center was stitched back together by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas, and other veterans who survived the shooting at Ft. Hod, Texas, World War veterans on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, the family of Martin Luther King Jr., on the 9/11 anniversary in 2008 and school children from around the country. Patches from retired flags from all 50 states were used to repair the flag. The National 9/11 Flag contains threads from the American flag Abraham Lincoln was laid on when he was shot at Ford’s Theater. On June 14, 2012 – Flag Day – three red threads from the original Star-Spangled Banner flag that flew at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem were sewn into the fabric of
This flag stands as a symbol of hope, resiliency and recovery in the museum.
This tree was the lone tree survivor in the ground zero area. Named the Survivor Tree, it was severely burned, with broken limbs and roots. It was moved to another site for recovery while the area was rebuilt. It was returned to the grounds and thrives next to the Museum .
The museum while a somber experience is not grim and hopeless. It is a testament to the resolve of the American people and the resiliency of those that lived through that trying time. I am glad to have borne witness to the strength and renewal.
of the GPS - I hate those turn around trips down dead ends) So I was happy to have Melissa do the driving into the city. We spent $52 for parking....OUCH..... but lucky to have found parking due to the vehicle height.
We found street parking and enjoyed dinner in Hells Kitchen before our return home, very tired.
There is a phrase about a New York Minute. It certainly does not apply to the amount of time needed to see New York. You need much much more time and many visits to see New York.