9/11, Grand Central & Central Park

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Our last day in Manhattan was jammed packed!

First thing in the morning we hailed a cab from our hotel to the 9/11 Memorial.

As we walked to the entrance to the memorial we passed right under the Freedom Tower. We also passed St. Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church. This church was used as a safe haven for first responders during the aftermath of the attack and is also the church where George Washington worshiped. It is the oldest public building in Manhattan built in 1766.

After going through security we made it inside the memorial. The memorial consists of two pools that are in the "footprints" of the Twin Towers. The walls around each pool list the names of everyone killed in the 9/11 attacks, as well as those killed in the 1993 bombing.

This building is One World Trade Center, also know as the "Freedom Tower". There will be a total of 7 buildings once it's completed. This will be the largest of all the buildings standing 1776 feet tall. 1776... symbolizing the year of our independence. You can read more about all 7 buildings here.

While we were there, a ceremony of some sort was going on in the Plaza between the two pools. We arent sure what it was, but it was cool to see the men in uniform at such in important place.

The rows of tree in the left picture, are all swamp white oak trees and they plan to have 400 planted in the plaza surrounding the two pools. The picture on the right is us at the "Survivor Tree", which was the lone tree to survive the attack. The tree also survived Hurricane Irene.

While it was kind of surreal to be there, I am so glad we visited the memorial.

After leaving the memorial, we stopped into Century 21 before taking the subway to Grand Central.

We ate lunch in Grand Central at Two Boots.

After lunch we made our way over to Central Park.

Since we didnt have much time left, we opted for a 15 minute carriage ride through the park. It only covered 1/3 of the park but we got to see so much. The colors of the trees in the park were AMAZING.

 We got a good view of the ice skating rink. It was MUCH, much larger than the one in Rockefeller Plaza.

The end of our carriage ride took us right by the The Plaza.

After our carriage ride, we left Central Park and headed back to the hotel with about an hour to spare before heading to Newark to catch our flight home.

We had the best time and couldn't thank our tour guides (Jason's Mom and Stepdad) enough for planning everything out perfectly so we could see as much as we did. We are already planning a trip back!

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