Ground Zero, New York City
Favorite thing: The primary building of the new World Trade Center complex, the FREEDOM TOWER or officially, One World Trade Center or 1WTC, is a 104-story skyscraper. Its construction is part of an effort to rebuild, following the destruction of the original World Trade Center complex during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
I'm getting ready to write up some of my NYC tips from my trip last week, but in the meantime, some thoughts:
* You will need tickets to visit Ground Zero (now called the National 9/11 Memorial). Timed tickets are free, but you should book them in advance: http://www.911memorial.org/visitor-passes. I highly recommend visiting - it is very stirring. Security is tight, and you will have to pass thru airport-like security, so arrive ~ 15 minutes before the time on your ticket.
* You can also book the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in advance - there is no admission fee for these National Parks, but there is a charge for the ferry to get there: http://www.statuecruises.com/choose_tickets.aspx
* I agree about doing either Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building - both offer stunning views of the city, but no need to do it twice, especially since there is a charge at both places.
* DEFINITELY see a show! If you don't have your heart set on a specific show, you can stand in line at the TKTS booth in Times Square to get 1/2 price, same day tickets. If you do have a specific show in mind, check out Broadway.com as they often have discounts for major shows. I can recommend Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q, and Jersey Boys. I don't know if Rent is playing on Broadway again, but if it is, that is also a very good show. I have heard wonderful things about The Lion King and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but have not yet seen them.
* I also agree about Madison Square Garden - unless you are seeing a show or sporting event, it is just an arena. A very nice one, but still...
There is so much to see and do in New York - be sure to leave time for some "serendipity days". The unexpected discoveries you make together are the ones you will remember most. Have a wonderful time, and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
May God bless the many souls who lost their lives, on September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on airline flights 11, 175, 77 and 93.
The courage and sacrifice shown by the New York Fire Department firefighters, the New York City Police, and other Emergency Medical Services will never be forgotten.
Fondest memory: Barack Obama, the U.S. president announced to the world: Osama bin Laden is dead.
Bin Laden in the 2011 World Trade Center terrorist attack and other U.S. embassy attacks
as the intellectual author of the FBI's most sought after terrorists included.
For years, went into hiding until he caught on May Day destiny.
The transmission number - still unclear - questions that try to answer: the special unit
is the number of soldiers involved in the action, to have started deployment, how they
got into and out of Pakistan without being stopped, would have, how identified bin Laden,
why it was destroyed one of the helicopter, and what really happened to bin Laden's house?
One World Trade Center, more simply known as 1 WTC and formerly known as the Freedom Tower, is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.
The 105-story supertall skyscraper is being constructed in the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site, occupying the location where the original 8-story 6 World Trade Center once stood.
On March 30, 2009, the Port Authority confirmed that the building would be known by its legal name of One World Trade Center.
Once a towering symbol of New Yorks financial status reduced to a hole in the ground through the actions of Al Qaeda terrorsits now out of the rubble the Freedom Tower is begining to take form.
The WTC consisted of 7 buildings in Lower Manhattan with the most prominent buildings being the twin towers each a walloping 110 stories tall, in 1972 the tallest building. For those workers afraid of heights the windows were designed to be only 45cm wide thus giving a sense of security. The PATH train takes you alongside the WTC so you can see the building works taking place. Today there is a viewing platform on the crossing into Wall Street Mall.
A brief background into 9/11 although it is ingrained into peoples minds mostly. At 8.46am the 1st plane crashed into the N Tower & at 9.03am the 2nd plane collapsed into the S Tower. Of the 2,749 deaths 658 were WTC employees & half of that number were fatalities of the firefighters who risked their lives
We ventured down to the site of "9/11". It's an enormous hole in the ground, really. You can see how much damage was done to the buildings surrounding the towers as well. There are layers of things underground which are being worked on.....the entire area is fenced off...and you can walk through caged walkways on a couple of sides to see the construction that is underway. It's a chilling site. Can't imagine being in the area at the time it happend. We were with Gosia in Warsaw at the time. We had just seen films of the bombing of Warsaw during WWII and then we came out to learn of this disaster. The whole thing is mind boggling.
There is a St. Paul's Chapel that sits so close to Ground Zero....i t's a wonder that there was no damage done to it. It's a lovely little church with some very moving displays inside. During the weeks and months that followed September 11th. there were enormous numbers of volunteers who came forth to provide physical, spiritual and emotional care to the rescue workers. "Among the tragedy and chaos, this ministry became a symbol of the power of faith and resilience of the human spirit." See my travelogue for more.
Trinity Church is one of the oldest churches in the city...founded in 1697 and one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in America. One of the signers of the Declaration of Independance is buried in the church yard here. Many notables have passed through the portals and are remembered at the site. It's a bit of a history lesson to wander through the yard as well as visiting the church itself.
another pic in my group shows a flag sent by school children....the stripes are a series of hands . Banners and photos and all sorts of memorabilia are on display all over this church which was a peaceful and helpful oasis in the swirl of work and horror.
Should this be a tip or not. I think it should be. It's not the fondest of memories, but a memory that everyone should experience. Everyone remembers 9/11, where they were what they were doing and whether to belive what they saw on tv or not. Even though it's already more than 5 years ago since the planes flew into the towers the WTC site is still pretty empty. There are many plans as to what to do with the site. I think it should just be an empty hole like it is now. Make it a place of memory. To memorise this awful event in present day history.
Standing at the place I felt exactly as I felt 5 years ago. Overwhelmed and not being able to do anything about this situation. Very emotional indeed. Next to the viewing platform, on Liberty Street, you will find the Tribute WTC 9/11. Here a story is told from person to person. People who survived, people who were left behind and fire fighters etc. They all tell the same story from a different perspective. There are lots of photo's, sound fragments and written words. In the basement you can read letters left by the visitors. This is probably the most emotional of the tribute....
Check out the website of Tribute WTC 9/11.
The World Trade Center had been a symbol of New York. I used to see it but never went up the observation deck at Tower 2 until one day in 1997. It was a cold day and the view was clear, far and wide.
Could see the Brookyn and Manhattan bridges, mid town and uptown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island in the south.
It is no longer there but the memories of those who perished in Sep 11 will never be forgotten.
While in New York we decided to go and pay our respects at Ground Zero. It has a very sad feeling surrounding the area and it was sad for me to be in a place that has seen so much terror.
I must admit, I was disgusted to see some people standing in front of Ground Zero having their photos taken with huge grins on their faces and making 'peace' signs or whatever with their hands. :( It was definitely not the right thing to be doing there... :(
Fondest memory: Although they are gone from view, the twin towers are far from out of my memory. They were two of the largest buildings that I have ever set my eyes on. Going to the 110th floor was memorable as you looked down on the other skyscrapers of New York. You could watch the yellow cabs of the city moving like ants below you. It was quite amazing to be up there. Plus, it was the best place to get Broadway tickets as the TKTS outlet there never had any sizable lineups. I think the thing that I will always remember as how they dominated the skyline as you looked back at the city from the ferry to Staten Island. For anybody that saw them, they will never be forgotten.
Favorite thing: New York City has historically supported a large police force, very large in comparison with the area, but small in terms of the population. Even so there is a police presence without a sense of feeling overcrowded by the men and women in blue. After 9/11 the security has intensified at key points in the city. Historical and commercial centers are now notorious for heavily-armed guards and extraordinarily tight security. Uniformed officials will stop you from taking pictures of certain municipal buildings. Private entities often have similar rules regarding their property. Be aware that you can likely tread wherever and photograph whatever you please, but that somewhere you might trigger security protocols and be asked (then told) to stop what you're doing.
Favorite thing: To visit the site where one of the most heinous crimes ever has been committed is something I will never forget. Touched and sad, at the same time I was so dissapointed in those who clicking with their cameras and making loud comments showed no respect to what happened there. I didn't need photo to take my memories from Ground Zero.
After the deep impact on people's lifes, all around the world, of the Sept. 11 atack, things slowly start to recover... and even after that big destruction, some things kept even still, against all odds and nonsenses.
Fondest memory: This monument was laying between the twin towers, and almost survived to the disaster. Now it keeps the memory of what happened, not far away... as people keep living their lives, not the same but toward the future anyway...
whenever we read about the NYC World Trade Centre,
the mind whirls into action,
I have been surfing Pace Imagings website and had to borrow a phots of an ICON of the Big Apple City
for my memories of a building i did not manage to get to the top viewing fllor
Fondest memory: walking, watching, savouring
The World Trade Center (which Twin Towers does not exist any longer!)
Go to the glass-enclosed observatory on the 107th floor, or on the world's highest open-air deck 110 stories high. I did in the early 80s' and I have never felt so unsecure - my knees were like jelly and it was very difficult for me to move. I wanted to go back as soon as possible but I realised I have to walk half the tower to reach the exit - only one way out! I'm glad I found the courage to go there and be at THE TOP OF THE WORLD as this open-air deck was very often closed due strong winds.
The day when the World will never be the same again!