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