New World Trade towers and lower Manhattan

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World Trade Center - again tallest building in NYC and still growing

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.

I passed by the World Trade Memorial site, which you need to reserve tickets for. It's free but has to be arranged ahead of the time for your visit because the memorial is so popular at the moment, so plan ahead. Tickets can be reserved online here: http://www.911memorial.org/visit  

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.

The Sphere with eternal flame - A sculpture by German Fritz Koenig
Trinity Church is located at the the corner of Wall St. and Broadway. It was drizzling so I took cover under the trees of the cemetery. Surrounded by skyscrapers the grounds are so out of place and yet so thoroughly New York. There are many tiny building hidden away in lower Manhattan. You can see Trinity Church all the way from the other end of Wall St from the water. I later took a picture through the narrow street with my zoom lens of Trinity Church holding its ground in the busy streets. 

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.

...through the zoom lens Trinity Church at the end of Wall st.
I found the Merchant Memorial by the water, which I had never noticed before.  I saw a war memorial, but didn't walk up to it to see what exactly it was, and now I can't find any information on it. If someone sees the picture and can help out, I'd appreciate it.  

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.

Bah! Silly raindrop.
The old sail boats give it that old New York feel. There's a brand new pier right next to it from where you have a fantastic view of Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge. Unfortunately my camera's battery died right around here, so I didn't get to take more pictures today. As if the rain knew that I had run out of photo opportunity it started coming down hard, so I ducked into the Pier 17 mall to get away from it. 

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. 

missandrea81 says:
Thanks, Harriet!! :) My day just got brighter with all your smiles.
Posted on: May 17, 2012
Africancrab says:
Nice photos!
Posted on: May 17, 2012
missandrea81 says:
Thanks, Elke! :)
Posted on: May 15, 2012
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World Trade Center - again tallest…
World Trade Center - again talles…
The Sphere with eternal flame - A …
The Sphere with eternal flame - A…
...through the zoom lens Trinity C…
...through the zoom lens Trinity …
Bah! Silly raindrop.
Bah! Silly raindrop.
The new World Trade Center
The new World Trade Center
Looking through the trees at St. P…
Looking through the trees at St. …
St. Pauls Cemetery
St. Paul's Cemetery
St. Pauls
St. Paul's
From London to NYC
From London to NYC
Sshhh, Ive already seen it in Eur…
Sshhh, I've already seen it in Eu…
Trinity church
Trinity church
Growing towers over Trinity Church
Growing towers over Trinity Church
Trinity cemetery
Trinity cemetery
Trinity church cemetery
Trinity church cemetery
Entrance to Trinity Church
Entrance to Trinity Church
Alexander Hamilton shrine
Alexander Hamilton shrine
Roots
Roots
Corner of..
Corner of..
Subway
Subway
The Bull... been there, done that
The Bull... been there, done that
US Customs building
US Customs building
Battery Tunnel
Battery Tunnel
Castle Clinton
Castle Clinton
Merchants Memorial and Ellis Islan…
Merchants Memorial and Ellis Isla…
Plaque
Plaque
In Battery Park
In Battery Park
Ellis Island
Ellis Island
World Trade Center again
World Trade Center again
The Immigrants
The Immigrants
Lady Liberty through my zoom lens
Lady Liberty through my zoom lens
East Coast Memorial
East Coast Memorial
One lock...
One lock...
...close up
...close up
Battery Park
Battery Park
Downtown Manhattan
Downtown Manhattan
Battery Park
Battery Park
James Watson House (St. Elizabeth …
James Watson House (St. Elizabeth…
Battery Maritime Building - Govern…
Battery Maritime Building - Gover…
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Water St.
Water St.
Wall St.
Wall St.
Scientology headquarter in Brooklyn
Scientology headquarter in Brooklyn
Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge
Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge
Brooklyn across the East River
Brooklyn across the East River
New York
photo by: herman_munster