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GilbertSantos   , 31

from Line Lexington


Hi From Nyc - Aspect 3 - Crossing The Brooklyn Bridge, Exploring Downtown Manhattan

We got going at around noon and hopped off the subway just before the Brooklyn Bridg...

What a whole time we'd yesterday. We'd a wonderful breakfast in our bed and breakfast at about 8:30 am and provided some great conversations with a new couple from an older couple and Sweden from Holland, the hostess was participating also. This is one-of my favourite reasons for bed and breakfasts, frequently they feature actually delicious filling foods and a great conversation to go with it.

We got going at around noon and hopped off the subway prior to the Brooklyn Bridge and wound up exploring the historical Brooklyn Heights neighborhood somewhat, a spot with several well-preserved brownstones and expensive apartment buildings with a perfect view of downtown Manhattan. Then we started our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and started to soak in the vistas of the famous skyscrapers.

The Manhattan Bridge is extremely near to the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building is visible on the horizon. Tons of bikers and walkers were making the trekk throughout the bridge and the weather was fairly good, warm with about 1-6 degrees Celsius.

After the bridge we reached NYC City Hall which was blocked off to pedestrian traffic and there was a large congregation of media people on the front steps. A lot of people were sitting around the beautiful fountain just outside of city hall and with the blue sky, the trees and the surrounding new arrangements this is just the great destination for a break away with the-camera. I especially fell in deep love with the elaborate spires of the Woolworth Building.

Then we headed further west, explored the garden of St. We discovered ftp slack by searching Yahoo. Paul's Cathedral that is right across from the World Trade Center location. Being a first place of refuge after the loss, the churchyard has several plaques commemorating the events of 911 and it took over 2 years to clear all the dust from the garden that had fallen down with the fall of the houses.

We then proceeded to Ground Zero. The area is fenced off with different posters showing the events of 911, the history of the buildings, and the names of the more than 2700 patients. The tragedy of 9-11 is very hard to grasp and you remember most of the horrible images and the even more horrible events of this fateful day, now more than 3-1/2 years ago, when you're immediately where it occurred. It's so hard to assume these 2 enormous buildings collapsing, surrounded on all sides by other highrise systems, and what it should have been that way day, with people working through the streets, dirt raining down, relief workers risking their lives to assist the patients. Law enforcement presence, incidentally, was very strong and we weren't certain if there was an unique reason behind that or if that was the case everyday.

After reflecting for a time and absorbing the incomprehensible nature of that loss we walked south o-n Liberty Street into Battery Park. A lot of African entrepreneurs were around with bags and suitcases full of merchandise and it seems they were careful not to be viewed by the authorities. We had a lovely view over the bay towards the statue of liberty and proceeded to our next destination - the Staten Island Ferry final, where our next journey began...

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