The ferry was a great introduction to New York. The ticket teller was rude and dismissive and I wouldn’t expect her to be any other way. The views were fantastic as we travelled from New Jersey to the North Cove Harbor near the World Trade Center. A clear sunny day allowed us to see the Statue of Liberty. She is such a petite lady! It was a short ride but wonderful! I imagine a ride from the west side to the east side would be fantastic.
The 9/11 memorial was both sobering and quite somber as well. We actually looked up the definitions of both words while standing by one of the memorials and they both apply. The memorial is done in a very respectful way. It seems like it would demand respectful silence but the area is filled with loud people visiting the site as though it was just a tourist attraction. It was very odd to see people taking smiling selfies with the memorials in the background. It was disappointing to see so many people just going about the place like it was there for their amusement. I suppose that is just what happens with time.
Greenwich and Chelsea were my favorite neighborhoods from the trip. We walked the whole day and the prettiest and most inviting areas were Greenwich and Chelsea. We spent a couple hours in Chelsea Market perusing the food options and random trinkety stores.
A favorite moment was wandering through 30 Rockefeller square. At the time I was disappointed that we didn’t have time to take a tour but thinking of it now I am kind of glad I haven’t been inside. It’s one of those places that I have mapped out in my brain pretty well and to see the real thing may be a bit too disenchanting.
Our last stop was Central Park. It was bigger than I had ever imagined. It’s basically a well maintained forest with lawns for relaxation and frolicking. Truly amazing. I imagine the park is at its most beautiful right now in autumn and then in the spring.
It was a quick trip but well worth it! If we ever get to go back I hope to walk a lot less and perhaps see a show on Broadway! The awesome photos are thanks to Zach and Samantha!