On a recent vacation to New York City, the best place I thought was the World Trade Center Tribute Visitor Center, a site where people can connect with the September 11th community.
My wife and I got in for half price because I am a volunteer fireman. The place is definitely too small, especially with all that they have to show you. But once inside you forget everything from the outside world and are mesmerized by everything they have from that terrible day.
Below there are ten pictures of things that made you really think about that day. I kept wondering what everyone was thinking who was there during the terrorist attacks.
One picture shows things they uncovered from the rubble like floor markers from just outside the elevators, and one shows an actual piece of one of the plane’s window. For me looking at that plane window made me wonder who was sitting there in that seat.
Cell phones and laptop briefcases displayed from people who actually made it out of the buildings and left everything else behind, and the firefighters gear they uncovered from those who gave their lives trying to save people they didn’t know.
Pieces of steel from the twisted wreckage that once used to be the Twin Towers, and hanging near that on an end wall was the stokes basket they used to remove the unfortunate victims. Right beside that were the pictures on the wall of those missing from that day and families had posted to see if they could find their loved ones. These scenes made you very humbled to be there.
The last picture from the Visitor Center is a rendition of what the completed towers are to look like, and I thought it was nice that they had that displayed right at the very end of the tour. To the future…
Some of the other sights we captured on our vacation included two pictures of Madison Square Garden where we entered New York via the Amtrak train at Penn Station, which is under the Gardens. It’s amazing once you come up the stairs what kind of fast paced world you enter! This was my first time ever on a train we caught in New Jersey, and it was my wife Robin’s first time in New York. We both got to do and see new things (although I do not like trains!).
I took the two pictures of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton mainly because of the way it was situated on the street. Here you have a building built in colonial times nestled in between large, modern-day structures as if they were protecting it from something.
The three downtown pictures of New York I took because these were the first images we saw as we left the train station. The sidewalks were just like the streets with everyone walking in either direction, obeying traffic laws. If you got in the wrong line or cut in front of someone, you could have a human traffic accident.
Going through Chinatown, we noticed a lot of strange shops and stores that were very small. I caught a couple of signs above these stores because I thought them to be strange or funny. The first one I thought it looked like a little shrine, which I think was a bookstore. The second one describes itself. I would have loved to go in for a foot rub after all the walking we did.
The fire truck picture was taken from a very nice Philly steak restaurant called Charly’s, a block from the WTC area. It over looks Zuccotti Park between Trinity and Broadway, and was filled with people the whole day. The Philly restaurant shared an area with Steve’s Pizza, and man, did that smell good as well!
Feel free to leave me a comment below and let me know what you think, or share a vacation experience you had this year!
VACATION PHOTO GALLERY:
Did you find this content interesting? If so, please consider a small PayPal donation.