A Downtown Day

Today it was time to head downtown. James was keen to visit the 9/11 Museum so we walked all the way down 8th Avenue and Hudson Street into the West Village and then on to Ground Zero.
Ground zero 5 March 2016 (1 of 1)
The museum was very moving and reminded me that on that date in 2001, I was running a conference in a BT Training Centre in Staffordshire. There were a lot of TV screens in the foyer and finishing late afternoon, I was organising lifts to the station for speakers and caught sight of a screen showing a plane crashing into a building. I assumed this was a movie until I caught up with the news on the car radio while giving a speaker a lift to the station. At that time I was responsible for the training of junior doctors and some who the local people thought were Muslim, had dog shit put through the letterboxes in their doors.
Building near World Trade Centre 5 March 2016 (1 of 1)
It was then time to walk down to the waterfront and take the free Staten Island Ferry which gives great views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Manhattan. I found a spot on the upper deck at the stern between all the selfie sticks.
Statue of Liberty  from Staten Island Ferry  2 5 Mar 2016 (1 of 1)
Ellis Island from Staten Island Ferry  2 5 Mar 2016 (1 of 1)

View  from Staten Island Ferry  5 5 Mar 2016 (1 of 1)

Afterwards we had lunch in deli and then visited the Museum of the American Indian which covered communities from the Arctic to Patagonia. We then walked back to the hotel for time to relax, eat, digest the New York Times and catch the sunset from the hotel rooftop terrace.
Sunset 5 Mar 2016 (1 of 1)

3 thoughts on “A Downtown Day

  1. I read this on my Kindle while sick yesterday & I wasn’t in front on my laptop. I’m back to share a comment. I enjoyed this post as I do all the others. The pictures are always very interesting.

    The last one of the sunset is truly spectacular. What an intriguing contrast between Mother Nature’s beauty and the stark modern day construction device. (I am obviously blanking out on what those things are called!) :0

    Craig went to a small college on Staten Island (Wagner) for a semester but hated it and return to Santa Cruz. He wanted to get away….that took guts for him to do, especially as he was the only one in his family to attend college.

    The 9/11 Museum must have been very intense and, as you noted, moving. A coworker of mine lost his father in the horror. I think it’s good that you and James are visiting the “real” New York, sadness and all, and not just a glossy, superficial version.

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