LBQ does NYC: Day Three

My third day in the city was full of sight seeing.  After heading down to Ground Zero the day before and finding out you needed a ticket to see the pools, I returned ticket in hand to see the site of the Twin Towers. Each tower's base is now immortalised with the biggest man-made pools in history, with every victim's name etched in the surrounding plinths. I knew it was going to be emotional, but I didn't realise how overwhelming it would all be standing where nearly 3000 people lost their lives. Looking up at the towering buildings around the site, you can't even imagine a plane flying into one and sending it toppling down. The site itself is very peaceful and I'm sure a welcome space for friends and family members to reflect upon their lost loved ones - a definite must-see if you're visiting the city. The next stop on my tour was the New York City Public Library; not only is this an iconic building facing 5th Avenue, but it's the sight where Carrie and Big were supposed to get married in SATC! You can walk up the same steps and take in the marble surroundings, visit the reading rooms, have a look around the exhibitions and even take a peek where some of the world's most famous books are stored. I sat at the bottom of the marble stairs for ages, chilling out away from the madness of 5th Avenue, before wandering down to the Rockefeller Centre to step up to Top of the Rock. This gives a much better view of the city than the Empire State Building, mainly because it's located further uptown and allows you to see Central Park from one side, as well as the Empire State itself downtown. There are three different viewing platforms and the tallest is open so you can see the sights without pinning your nose up against a plastic wall! Unsurprisingly it's really chilly up there and I got a bit windswept, but the views are totally worth it - you get a real sense of scale and the towering buildings really make you feel like a little person in a big bold city.









3 comments:

  1. Clare Whitehouse17 October 2012 15:43

    I'm loving your New York blog, I look forward to it everyday. Some evening shenanigans would be great to see, of remembered the next day! :)

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  2. Oh wow. As geeky as it sounds, that library looks totally amazing!!! I can understand why the 9/11 memorial would be emotional and overwhelming. It really does look so beautiful though. x

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  3. Isn't Top of the Rock fabulous and I agree it's far better than Empire State Building but yes.. I'm loving reading through these posts. I went through a period of going to NY every year but haven't been for ages now and really miss it.

    Victoria
    www.florenceandmary.com

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