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On the Way to 911Memorial

Buildings on the Way to Ground Zero.

There’s much to see on the seven mile stretch of The Westside Highway on the way to the 911Memorial; Riverside Park, Riverside Drive, The Hudson River, The West Village, Hell’s Kitchen, The High Line, Chelsea Market , The Meatpacking District, The Viacom Building, Richard Meier’s triple beauties, Jean Novelle’s new masterpiece next to Frank Gehry’s “sailboat building .” You’ll see the beautiful greenway at the water’s edge. Oh, and don’t forget Nicole Kidman’s new “engarage suite” car park outside her condo’s front door. You’ll see America’s largest private commercial real estate construction project equivalent to eight Empire State Buildings A whole new city, Hudson Yards City, a work in progress.

World Trade Center

World Trade Center Transportation Hub, New York City.

We’ll stand before the memorial pools that sit on the footprints of the two fallen towers, hear a presentation of the symbolism, design features of “Reflecting Absence” the name of the reflecting pools. It’s an obligation to pay homage to our fallen and “pay our respects.” You’ll visit the survivor tree, a cherished symbol of the struggle for life. If you’ve never been here it’s a must visit. Why has it taken so long? The Santiago Calatrava Transportation Hub with its $4 billion price tag is a symbol of Phoenix rising from the ashes. St. Paul’s Cathedral (1766) remained unscratched, “The Little Cathedral That Stood” as it is called now and then. The work is still ongoing and is becoming a magnificent recreation and symbol of life’s struggle for ourselves and our country. Visit the 911Memorial museum and the observation deck at the top of One World Trade known as One World Observatory. Everyone should include a visit if you have the time to do so during your visit.

The Statue of Liberty

Viewed from the Manhattan shoreline; the ferry round trip with usual lines takes upwards of three hours. See our second attachment for further detains. Enjoy a presentation of the history, art, construction and folklore of “the lady”. This iconic reminder of freedom from despotism and tyranny is a lasting symbol of what this nation stands for and wishes for all people of the world. “Give me your tired your poor . . .” The Statue came with instructions, just like Christmas morning; “Assembly Required”!

The Meatpacking District

A spectacular example of neighborhood transformation from a butcher’s haven to the new trendy club life crowd featuring new hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars, Chelsea Market, boutiques and just the right playground for the young and beautiful and the rest of us! Perhaps the name should be changed to the “Pack Meeting District!” Let’s stroll on “The High Line” and experience an innovative park concept!

Brooklyn Heights

Building in Brooklyn Heights, New York.

Via the Brooklyn Bridge, ten minutes from Manhattan; it’s American’s first suburb, first landmark neighborhood with over 600 brownstones and town homes built before the Civil War. “The Heights” was home to Arthur Miller, Walt Whitman, and birthplace of Churchill’s mother. The views of Manhattan are breathtaking. Let’s check out nearby Williamsburg, Grand Army Plaza and DUMBO (Down under Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Please don’t pass this up! It’s our favorite and most beautiful neighborhood. Find out why it became America’s first suburb. Have you ever seen a $16 million brownstone town-home?

Wall Street

New York Stock Exchange building.

A short walk to view The New York Stock Exchange, exterior only, since 9/11. Federal Hall, now a museum, with a number of significant historic artifacts. George Washington was sworn in as our first president here and it’s the site of the signing of the Bill of Rights. Trinity Church and the famous sculpture, known as “The Bull”, The Alexander Hamilton Custom House and Bowling Green Park, all with historical facts of interest. Why is it called it Wall Street? Hum?

The Brooklyn Bridge

Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The icon of engineering and beauty in the 19th century! It was the tallest edifice on the continent connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan that forever changed both cities. The fascinating history, the tragedy and glory, the technology and characters that made it possible is yours to experience. We’ll take a ride over the bridge and venture into beautiful Brooklyn Heights. Why did P.T. Barnum march twenty elephants across the bridge? Once you know you’ll always remember, just like an elephant! We can traverse the bridge by car or foot if you wish. It’s approximately one mile.

The Village and SoHo

Don’t miss these transformed neighborhoods; each with a story, a history that‘s fascinating, the real New York! Washington Square Park, the center of The Village; Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, the literary crowd and the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement truly is the “Village” state of mind. Let’s stop by and see Edna St. Vincent Millay’s house, the narrowest in Manhattan! We’ll stop by The Brown Building, the most tragic building fire in New York City’s history, The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire before 911. Soho’s caste iron buildings, 250 in total, are landmarked treasures, the catalysts that fostered the transformation of this iconic neighborhood. The cultural footprint on American history is huge in literature, music, politics, etc.

Jane’s Carousel

Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn.

Jane, a woman of DUMBO (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) a Brooklyn neighborhood, spent over 20 years restoring an authentic American Carousel classic that she extracted from Youngstown, Ohio. It is magnificent! Located at the water’s edge between The Brooklyn Bridge and The Manhattan Bridge ensconced in a class cube designed by Jean Nouvel, the French architect. Together with music provided by a Philadelphia calliope and the magnificent view of Manhattan you can’t resist “saddling up” for two bucks. Adults requested! ?

Economy Candy Store

Established in 1937 and operated by 2nd & 3rd generation family members this is the place for the candy of days gone by; the paper strips with the color peel off dots, Black Jack, Beeman’s and Clove chewing gum. Do you remember Choward’s Scented Gum. They’ve got naughty bottles of pills; silly tin cans for collecting your loose change and more candy and varieties that you never knew existed. Not just for kids. Sweet! Take a step back in time to New York City’s sweetest visit, 1986 Topps baseball cards are $1 per pack!