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I flew in to JFK September 10, 2006. I remember vividly because on the way to our hotel many of the streets in Manhattan were blocked off because President Bush was flying in that day to visit the World
Trade Center and lay a wreath for those lost on 9/11. The streets seemed extra busy and yet somewhat somber with the knowledge of horrible events that shattered a nation 5 years earlier.

We arrived at The New Yorker Hotel located on W 34th Street and 8th Ave located across the street from Madison Square Gardens. We unpacked and hit the streets. First stop, Times Square. Definitely a must see attraction.

With all the hustle and bustle it is the Hollywood Blvd of New York. With MTV Studios, The David Letterman Show, Rockefeller Center, and all the restaurants and attractions, it’s definitely a must see.

On September 11 I visited the World Trade Center.

The streets were crowded with tourists, fire fighters, and police. There were memorials and parades held all around the site. Hundreds of people
waited in line to ring large bells placed on the street in memory of those who passed. You could feel the unsteady tension and anger from the protesters that marched the streets of Manhattan.

In many surrounding areas candles were lit and placed next to pictures by family members and friends. Although there was great sadness in the air, I felt like I was apart of something very important. We
were celebrating the lives of family, friends, and the heroes lost in this great tragedy.

New York had so much to offer including its culture, history, and amazing scenery. I was able to visit the Empire State Building, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. I ate at many great restaurants and was fortunate enough to meet great people. At night we would walk the streets enjoying the nightlife. If you ever have the opportunity to visit a great American City, New York is definitely one place you don’t want to miss.

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