I hope that you all know that I am not arrogant, or I certainly hope you do. But I have to say that I love New York…the state yes, but especially The City! Living in New York state and sharing a name with the city, people say, I am going to “the city” and I have to confess, to me and lots of people, New York is “The City.” How can that be as many of you live in cities or in countries with much larger cities? Yup…but N Y C was the home of the first skyscrapers, the Flatiron Building and later the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building and of course the World Trade Center. To us, New York is forever the model for all the rest of the cities in the world. Irrational…maybe but you will never convince me it is not true!
We will leave Albany at 7:30 am and ride to the city on a megabus. It is the same company that has the red double decker buses in London. There are these buses up and down the East Coast. And the price is so reasonable. For the three of us to go tomorrow, it is $44.50 return ,total! Amazing. That wouldn’t buy a one way ticket on the train. I will tell you about our time in New York when we return but wanted to leave you with some pictures that we probably won’t see this trip, but we have seen and enjoyed on previous trips.
A closer shot of my favorite building , the Chrysler Building.
Another favorite is the Empire State Building…from James and the Giant Peach and King Kong.
Great shot of Empire State Building.
This is the amazing site of World Trade Center. There are two large square waterfall pools on the footprints of the original buildings. Around the edges are the names of the people who were in each of the twin towers. Their loved ones can come and touch the names as the sound of the falling water fills the air. The edges are built so that if the mourners or visitors want to touch the water, it is possible under the edges with the names engraved. The arrangement is not alphabetical order as you can see. Names were grouped together of people who worked together , or friends. There is a story of two men who only met the morning of September 11, 2001. They tried to escape together down the stairs , and tragically never got out alive. Their names are side by side. The names of the victims who died on any of the 4 planes and in the Pentagon in Washington are included as well. The names of all the victims on that dark day will forever be together at the former site of the World Trade Center. The museum will open in a few months and I will be there as soon as possible. I saw the fountains and names last summer. The names that seem to go on and on and the running water over the sacred ground is moving beyond words. Someday, I will tell you our 9/11 story.
No trip to New York would be complete without at least a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. She is just reopened again after damage from the storms last year. The statue was given to the US from our allies the French on the 100th birthday of America in 1876.
Our trip tomorrow is to give Alice an unforgettable 7 year old birthday experience.
Ta ta for now!
Namaste. . . . .T I N Y C