Travel Diary | NYC Day 2 | Ground Zero, Staten Island Ferry and Central Park
21st April 2015
We got up early on our first full day in New York, partly because of the jet lag and partly because we wanted to get so much done. I had started with a cold, which wasn’t the best timing, but I still pushed on regardless of how rubbish I felt.
After a complimentary breakfast at the hotel (Element Times Square) we took a walk to Times Square to pick up tickets for the tour bus. Before we flew out to New York my mum bought us New York Explorer Passes for three attractions. I highly recommend this because it has a whole bunch of attractions you can choose from and it can save you money. The tour bus was just one of the things we could do on with our passes, so we chose the downtown tour so that we could hop off at Ground Zero and hop back on again to head back to Times Square. It was also a great way for us to see many of the famous sites of New York, including the Flatiron Building.
*Can you spot the Brooklyn Bridge?
We got off the bus close to Ground Zero to visit the 9/11 memorial. It was a place that I wanted to visit to pay my respect to those who lost their lives that day. I’m pretty sure I was off school the day of the attacks because I was ill. I remember sitting on the floor in my living room, watching it all happen on TV. I think that memory will stick with me for the rest of my life.
I found the memorial a very moving experience. For me it hit home when I saw people visiting the memorial and touching the names of their loved ones. It was heartbreaking.
While we were downtown and close to Battery Park we decided to take the free ferry to Staten Island. I highly recommend this, not just because it’s free but also because you can get a great view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statute of Liberty (which we visited later in the week).
*I only realised when I’d finished editing this picture that the Empire State Building is in the background and it looks tiny!
Once we were back in Manhattan we found a cafe and picked up some pizza to eat in a small park near Battery Park. The weather was fantastic!
We then caught the bus back to midtown. I had a look at my map and realised we could easily walk from Times Square to Central Park. Okay, it was a little bit of a walk but it was completely worth it. We found somewhere to sit and did a little bit of people watching, which was incredibly relaxing. I need to go back to New York just to explore more of Central Park and see it when the trees have got some leaves of them.
The next post will include photographs from the top of the Empire State Building (and finally some photos of me!), Grand Central Station and a crazy diner where the staff sing to you.
If you missed Day 1 of my New York Travel Diary, you can check that out here.