Saturday, June 16, 2012

NYC Part 2 911 Memorial

We stayed at the Staybridge Suites on 40th, between 8th and 9th.  Yes, I have that memorized after saying it so many times to the cab drivers!  The hotel is located just a few blocks away from Time Square and is considered "Mid Town".  There's also an UpTown and DownTown, sometimes the cabbies called it "Upside and Downside."

Our hotel room had a full kitchen available.  This is nice when you go to restaurants and have left overs.  We had a refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, dish washer, coffee maker and dishes, cups, utensils - fully stocked.

The hotel was located in the Fashion District.  Below is the symbol that we saw throughout our district area.  Needle and button for fashion :)  Which made me smile, thinking about my thread and needle for making jewelry. (Speaking of which, the necklace I made for Mom, the one she had on at Tony's restaurant, was a huge hit.  Lots of compliments on it :)  I thought, "Oh Wow - compliments from the Big Apple, happy me!"


Pictures around Time Square:





(picture from inside the cab, see all the yellow out there?!)

(I laughed when I saw the statue in the above picture)


We headed to the 911 Memorial.  Dad bought all of the tickets for this trip ahead of time and I would advise anyone planning a NYC vacation to do the same thing.  We had to be there 30 minutes ahead of time per the ticket information and no large bags.

While waiting in line to go into the 911 Memorial.... I looked at the skyline and remembered walking next to the twin towers during my first visit to NYC.  I still have pictures of the twin towers.  My husband said he was getting chills, thinking of what happened right there, to imagine living in NYC and see the buildings fall, the deaths.. what the people must have gone through.

As we talked about our thought, an airplane flew over... it was an eerie feeling.



















The memorial spoke of the loss... there are two squares, the size of the two towers, exactly where the buildings stood.  Water falls from each wall, the tears of loss... the names of those who died cover the edges of the walls.  In the center of the square, the water runs down, as if to a black nothing, the emptiness...




There is also a museum but it won't be open until next year.  The museum is a building that has "fallen down on its side" to reflect the fallen buildings among the tall skyline.  Below is a picture of the outside of the museum.



In the distance there is a dome shaped building.  This is the closets bathroom available to those visiting the 911 Memorial.  We went there and also found the "Winter Garden"  (palm trees grow in the center dome).




We did a lot more this day, but I'll save that for the next post.

3 comments:

Glynis Jolly said...

That thing in your 1st picture -- is it suppose to be a sculpture? Sorry but it's the ugliest thing I've every seen. NYC sure is fascinating though.

Aleta said...

I'm laughing, because I thought it was neat. Yes, I think it's a sculpture. It's to represent the "fashion district" that we were in... needle and button :)

Aleta said...

I'm laughing, because I thought it was neat. Yes, I think it's a sculpture. It's to represent the "fashion district" that we were in... needle and button :)