New World Trade towers and lower Manhattan
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Today I headed to Manhattan from Brooklyn. I took the F and the A train with a switch at Jay St. I emerged at Chamber St. and walked down West Broadway. An hour ride which flies by every time because of the pre-excitement of getting to be in the city.
TIP: A great way to figure out which train you need to take is www.hopstop.com, it also comes as an app for your smartphone/android device. I found it by accident and LOVE it.
Just around the corner from the subway I already spotted the first of the two new World Trade Center towers. The surrounding area is very, for lack of a better word, chaotic. There are several cop cars and foot patrol officers about. I saw a lot of them helping out tourists with directions - always happy to help.
For updates on the progress of the location and the museum which is being built as I'm typing this, check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_September_11_Memorial_%26_Museum
Since I didn't have a ticket I moved on. I walked by St. Paul's church and Trinity church. I can't believe I've never actually taken the time to have a closer look at Trinity, so I decided it was about time.
Then I headed to Battery Park. I passed the Wall Street Bull which was swarmed by tourist, so I kept walking. I already hugged the thing once and have a picture to prove it. ;) (http://www.travbuddy.com/photos/blogs/1578771)
At Battery Park I looked for new impressions. Everyone comes here to buy tickets for the ferries to Liberty Island and Ellis Island at the Castle Clinton ticket center, but I wanted to see what else was there.
I took full advantage of my zoom lens here. Took some pictures of Ellis Island and Lady Liberty with unfortunately completely overcast skies. After Battery Park I made my way over to Southstreet Seaport by Pier 17. Along the way I noticed the president's helicopters at the helipad. He was speaking at one of the colleges in the area. Lots of police boats where patroling the East river because of his visit. Further down the street I passed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial before arriving at Pier 17. I love this area, because of all the old buildings and little shops.
My mother-in-law got off work a little later and she works right around the corner, so we met up for some sushi and then walked the calories of across Brooklyn Bridge. I was really upset that I had no power left to take more pictures.