A Week in NYC // Part Three: 9/11 Memorial + Empire State Building

One of the places my mom and I made a priority to see during our week in New York was the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.  A tribute of remembrance to the lives lost in the 2001 terror attacks, the memorial features two acre-sized reflecting pools and the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The two pools sit in the footprints of where the two World Trade Centers once stood, and are surrounded by bronze panels inscribed with names of the victims.

I was incredibly impressed with the thought and detail that went into the memorial.  According to a tour guide, the inscriptions of some names around the reflecting pools are actually relative to where that person was in the tower at the time.  Designers also made an effort to place names of relatives together.  The inscriptions are large enough that you can place flowers into the names, and at night, a light shines up from underneath, illuminating them.






From the memorial, you can see the new One World Trade Center building nearby.  It’s architecturally stunning.  We also walked over to the FDNY Engine 10 Ladder 10 building, where you can see the Memorial Wall, dedicated to the 343 members of the NYC Fire Department who lost their lives that day.


In addition to seeing the 9/11 Memorial, we happened to be in the city on September 11th, so we went to the Empire State Building late that night to see the Tribute Lights: an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center.  The tribute is produced annually and can be seen from miles away.

Visiting the Empire State Building at night was a great idea.  We got there around 10 PM and there was literally no line.  We just walked right in and up!  The observation deck wasn’t crowded at all, and we were able to take in the sights of the Big Apple at night.  The observatory is open 365 days a year until 2 AM, so if you’re a night owl, take advantage!



That’s it for our adventure!   I had a lot of fun doing this mini-series… be sure to check out Part One: Rockefeller Center and Part Two: Central Park + Broadway if you haven’t already!

Do you like big cities?  I think they’re exciting, so much to see and do!


  • http://travelnote-s.blogspot.cz/ Michaela B

    The tribute lights are amazing.


  • Zuzka Šimková

    I´ve never been to NYC but it´s my dream to go there one day. It´s nice to see the city on your photos and read about it. I like this tipe of bloging very much. Looking forward to next part! Greeting from Czech Republic :)

  • Josephine Wu

    These pictures are just so amazing! I’m glad to see that you enjoyed visiting the city where I live in :) Looking forward to the rest of the Blogtober posts!

  • Lindsey Smith

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip Allison…everything from you, your mom to the photos were beautiful! Sending love and positive thoughts always xx

  • http://www.modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com/ sisi

    I’ve never been to NYC after the memorial was built, but I need to go back to see it! I love reading all about your week in NY with your mom!

  • Miranda

    Amazing pictures!

  • Ulrike Wilms

    Now I want to go there with my mum too! Thanks for sharing I love your blogposts as well as your videos. I am always excited for new Allison content!

  • http://nueyork.blogspot.com nueyork

    The night time photos are so, so beautiful!


  • Laura S.

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us Allison! You and your mom both look beautiful, as always. Your photographs of the entire trip are incredible! So looking forward to the rest of Blogtober!
    xo, Laura

  • http://perlasancheza.blogspot.com/ perlasancheza

    I loved all the pictures! Thank you for sharing! :)


  • Matia Zivkusic

    Gosh you sure look like your momma! Both of you are very beautiful. Going to NYC with my mom and granny in december. Like always I love your posts and pictures.

  • http://endlesspostcards.wordpress.com/ Deepti @ Endless Postcards

    The tribute lights are beautiful, but I wish they never had to exist. Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing. :)

  • http://www.noirettediary.com/ Siham Hamdan

    What a lovely detail on the memorial, it gave me chills. I’m glad you had fun in this trip, I can’t wait to visit NYC soon! :) X

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  • Bruna Lordello

    Your pictures are always so beautiful. Did you take any classes or something? :)

  • Margery Ho