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Very moving messages on the wall at the world trade centre site

The  craziness begins…….

Woke 10:30ish, coffee next door at Cranberry Gourmet and met Cath Wilkins.  She was this 26 year old Kiwi girl who’s been living in London.  She’s been hiking in Africa and told me about this tour she did that took her up close to the mountain gorillas.  She’s also already toured around Europe so she filled me in on a few things there, but we got chatting and decided to tour New York together.

We went to the nearest railway station and bought the all-day trainpass, then caught a train down to the world trade centre site.  It really does kind of affect you emotionally when you look down these streets where you had seen footage of people running away from the falling buildings.  Some of the messages on the walls nearby are also quite moving, especially anything written by children who have lost a parent in the disaster.

2 years on and the re-building has begun
 

So we walked down around the World financial centre, suits everywhere being a weekday. We were planning to go in to the New York stock exchange but were quite taken aback by the fact that not only good we not go in, but there was also guards with semi-automatic weapons out front.

Took a while to find Wall street, we were speculating that they mustn’t have put a street sign up because people would keep stealing it.  Walked down to the Staten Island ferry since as Cath put it, we should probably go see ‘that lass with the flame’.  So the ferry took us past Ellis island and the Statue of Liberty.  Then jumped on the subway to go up to the Brooklyn bridge, did the walk across the Brooklyn bridge.  Then subway up to the other end of town to go see Central park.

Very hard to be emotional at ground zero for 9/11

Since we were in the area we went over to the FAO Schwartz toy store, of course famous for having the big piano used in the movie Big. Unfortunately it was covered up by a Simpsons exhibit.  Wandered through the famous shopping district, where Cath was recognising famous shops left, right and centre however I can’t say I knew too many.  The famous auction house was there (Sotheby’s ???)

Grabbed lunch (yes this is all pre-lunch so far) at this nice café looking down on the street, then wandered through Central Park.  It only takes a few minutes of wandering in to the park when the rest of the city just seems to melt away.  Went over to the john Lennon tribute at Strawberry fields.  At about 4ish we decided to go back to the hostel and get some sleep and agreed to meet back up later at about 6 or so.

Shot of the Manhattan skyline

Slept for about half an hour or so and then enter Steve (with the shaved head) and John the Scottish 22 and 21 year old chemical engineers.  Or as the English lad would later call them, the Jackinese chemists.  Both of them played football, Hearts and St Johnstone fans respectively.  I agreed that Cath and I would meet up with them later to make use of their VIP Empire State building pass.  How’s this for a connection, Steve’s auntie’s neighbour is Frank Sinatra’s cousin (also called Frank)

Met back with Cath, went along to this event called Broadway under the Stars in Bryant Park.  About 15,000 people were there in a fairly small area so we left after a half hour or so.  Met back up with the Scottish lads and Cath at the Irish pub next door to the hostel.

Random streetscape
  Grabbed dinner there and then bypassed the crowds to the Empire State Building

Ended up at Jack Dempsey’s pub where we launched in to many drinks.  There was a guy falling asleep at the end of the bar who provided us with many amusing photos.  Gradually the rest of the bar emptied out so we were moved downstairs were we wound up playing pool against these Spanish speaking strangers.  For some reason, must have been just the right amount of alcohol, but I was on fire at the pool table and we managed to go the majority of the night without paying for the table.  Quite bizarre to wind up in a lock-in in a New York pub, incredible!

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Very moving messages on the wall a…
Very moving messages on the wall …
2 years on and the re-building has…
2 years on and the re-building ha…
Very hard to be emotional at groun…
Very hard to be emotional at grou…
Shot of the Manhattan skyline
Shot of the Manhattan skyline
Random streetscape
Random streetscape
Wall St and the stock exchange, we…
Wall St and the stock exchange, w…
Manhattan
Manhattan
That lass with the lamp
That lass with the lamp
Also known as the Statue of libert…
Also known as the Statue of liber…
Quick trip on the Statten Island f…
Quick trip on the Statten Island …
Brooklyn bridge (I think)
Brooklyn bridge (I think)
Manhattan from the water
Manhattan from the water
The Simpsons at FAO Schwarz(coveri…
The Simpsons at FAO Schwarz(cover…
Great toy store!
Great toy store!
Just me trying to capture the curv…
Just me trying to capture the cur…
Into central park we go...
Into central park we go...
Beautiful place in the middle of t…
Beautiful place in the middle of …
Very relaxing in Central park...bu…
Very relaxing in Central park...b…
OK its just a squirrel, but I lov…
OK it's just a squirrel, but I lo…
Tributes to John Lennon in Strawbe…
Tributes to John Lennon in Strawb…
Not a great photo, but this is Mel…
Not a great photo, but this is Me…
Concert in a random Ny park
Concert in a random Ny park
More concert in a random Ny park
More concert in a random Ny park
Unfrtunately my camera is very poo…
Unfrtunately my camera is very po…
This is a more typical blurry shot…
This is a more typical blurry sho…
Thats me on the Empire state buil…
That's me on the Empire state bui…
Random guy falling asleep in our p…
Random guy falling asleep in our …
I assure you were only posing..bu…
I assure you we're only posing..b…
Kath wanted to pose with our rando…
Kath wanted to pose with our rand…
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It's not what you think, he's jus…
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