I know, I know. We went on our NYC vacation back in November, and I’m just now getting around to editing some of the 6 gillion photos that we took. Out of concern for your ISP, I will obviously only be sharing a small fraction of the shots that we took.. but it will still fill many many blog posts.
Apologies in advance.
The first day, we walked from our Times Square hotel down through Chelsea, headed toward Ground Zero. I scoffed when Matt suggested we take the subway. How was I supposed to take photos while stuck in a smelly train underground?!
I had to get a handle on how many “random pictures of buildings” I was taking, because I was eating through CF cards like nobody’s business. Just LOOK at that adorable firehouse!
St. Paul’s chapel is located directly across from the disaster site. Despite its age and proximity to the towers, it sustained no damage and was home to volunteer relief efforts.
Although it’s approaching a decade since 9/11, memorial items and notes are still being left at the site. The building on the right was directly adjacent to the south tower and was so badly damaged that it is currently in the process of being dismantled floor by floor. The original height was about twice what you see in the photo, and they are still finding human remains inside.
A portion of the memorial tour took place in the World Financial Center, which offers the best overhead view of the site. The building itself was very badly damaged and has since been completely rebuilt. Our tour guide shared photos of the lobby we were sitting in in the days after the attack. The tour was very personal, as both of our tour guides lost their husbands and shared their experiences of having to endure such a horrible tragedy and finding the strength to move forward with their lives.
Fun fact: Matt and I were the only Americans in our tour group.
On the left is the construction site of the Freedom Tower. You couldn’t pay me to ever enter that building, and it’s going to be interesting to see if they have any trouble leasing the space inside (scheduled to be partially commercial and partially residential/recreational) On the right is in Battery Park.
It was an absolutely GORGEOUS day. Battery Park was one of my favorite places in the entire city. If I lived in NYC, I would make it a point to spend as much time there as I could.
If we look tired… we are. Pardon the dead rat on my head. It was windy, I swear.
The most perfect.. weather.. evar.
Much more to come.. don’t go anywhere. Or I will find you. And sit on you.
Trust me, you don’t want that to happen.