New York : Day Six

After waiting for nearly a week, Claire finally arrived!!!


The first thing we did when Claire arrived was ... well, I don't remember. I think we stopped and got lunch somewhere.  Buuuut, after that we went back to the Manhattan Temple to do some service work inside. 

After we spent some time there, we went to one of the places I had wanted to go most while in NYC, Ground Zero.

While access to the memorial and the new World Trade Tower is free, you still must reserve tickets in advance unless you want to wait in line for an uber-long time.

When you get your tickets you still get in a line and have to go through security. There currently is no open access, although one day in the future you will be able to just walk to it off the street.

It was amazing to see the building.

The last steel frame was added this week. It is steel from the original building. And this is as tall as it will be, about 400 feet taller than the original WTC buildings.

The building is behind us in this photograph.

The memorial was beautiful. Where each building stood is now a reflective pool with falls. 

And engraved in the edge surrounding the falls are each name of every person who lost their life in the tragedy on September 11, 2001.

 Near the falls a new building is almost completed. It is the 9/11 museum. It will be completed on September 11, 2012. While we couldn't go inside, we peeked in the windows and took a photo of our reflection. :)

Also nearby you can see the spire of St. Paul's Chapel. 

While many buildings near the Twin Towers were damaged and completely destroyed, this little chapel held strong and not a single window was broken. The organ inside had some damage, but was cleaned and is doing just fine. That was the only damage done to the entire structure. Many consider this a miracle.  

It was a surreal experience to be there and to think of all the lives lost.  


After Ground Zero, Claire had to get back to camp. :( We sent her off with hugs and then made our way to Brooklyn!

While there we stopped by Grimadli's, a world famous pizza place right under the Brooklyn Bridge! When we got there the line was nearly a block long!

But at least we had a beautiful view of the Financial District. :)

We actually only had to wait about 45 minutes. Then the owner of the pizza place would intermittently come out and ask for groups of two, three or whatever.  He was very Brooklyn and yet, reminded me of the soup Nazi off of Seinfeld. 

He was to the point and didn't not like to wait or to be interrupted. 

We didn't have to wait too long to get our pizza. And let me tell you, it was divine!

I am not sure I have ever had pizza so wonderful!

After pizza we were told to walk down to the pier and get some ice cream. The ice cream shop had barely closed, but more amazing views were in store. 

It was then we made our way to the Brooklyn Bridge, to walk across it, at night!!!

I apologize for the poor photo quality. The bridge is so friggin' huge that my flash couldn't capture its magnitude!

 It was actually a little scary walking on the bridge. 

You walked on wooden planks with nothing, absolutely nothing, below you! It went straight to the East River. And to the sides of you? 

Cars whizzing by! 

But it was so amazing, the bridge itself and the views it gave! Wellllll, worth it. 

And that was our day six, peeps. Our last and final day, day seven, coming up! :)


Shan said...

Those pictures are just great. What a trip!

Krystal said...

I think I just had a little panic attack looking at the bridge photos... scary!!! BUT the memorial falls are beautiful... love it

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