New York City: Manhattan Downtown

Blick auf Manhattan

The first night of ourBest Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel in Newarkwas very pleasant and we started the day well rested! Unfortunately, the breakfast spoiled our mood a bit. It was incredibly crowded, since the breakfast room was way too small and the staff couldn't keep up with refilling everything. But what's the point, quickly eaten something and off to New York City.

World Trade Center Memorial

The Path took us from Newark Penn Station to the World Trade Center in just 20 minutes. This is highly recommended as a fast and inexpensive way to travel to Manhattan.

World Trade Center One (noch in Bau)
World Trade Center One (under construction)

First we went to the World Trade Center Memorial. We got the tickets in the visitor center and not directly at the memorial entrance, because here you don't have to wait in line for so long. Due to the construction sites all around, you unfortunately still have to endure checks like at the airport: put your bags on the conveyor belt, take off your jacket, take off your jewelry and take your cell phone out of your pocket. Well, but that's understandable considering the crowds, because you walk right past the construction sites and the Americans are just careful. As soon as the construction work is finished, all these controls should fall away and you can approach it as you want. The memorial is very stylish. The waterfalls are a great idea because you can't see where the water is falling from any position. So this bottomless feeling comes across very well. Really impressive and sad at the same time. What touched us very much is that the memorial staff put a white rose on the name of whose birthday it was on that day. We are still mourning and will remember it for a long time!

Hudson River

Then we went to the Hudson River, to a small marina with a sailing school. You wouldn't expect that here in the middle of Manhattan. Very idyllic!

Hafen am Hudson
Harbor on the Hudson
Blick über den Hudson River nach New Jersey
Looking across the Hudson River to New Jersey

Trinity Church

On our further way was the Trinity Church, which was spared from the attacks of September 11th despite the proximity to the twin towers. Such a beautiful church in the middle of New York, really awesome. We were there right at the trade fair, very atmospheric!

Off to Brooklyn

Then we walked a bit through Wall Street and got on the subway towards Brooklyn. Only one stop and we were in one of the most beautiful "green" residential areas in New York. Along the promenade, we had an amazing view of Manhattan... WOW.

Blick auf Manhattan
Manhattan view

Brooklyn Bridge, New York by Gehry und Rathaus New York City

We walked back in style over the Brooklyn Bridge, which is exactly the right thing, everyone who visits New York should do something like this. What a feeling! We passed Frank Gehry's skyscraper. The only thing in Manhattan that is used entirely as a high-rise apartment building. I was hoping for a bit more, but it still stands out among all the other stenotyped skyscrapers. Just a real Frank Gehry. ;) Then we walked to New York City Hall and I have to say that it is quite inconspicuous compared to the rest of the city, but very beautiful. The park in front of it is highly recommended, with its extraordinary art.

South Street Seaport

We continued to the South Street Seaport, which unfortunately had closed. But not only that, we had the impression that they will not open again. Everything looked deserted and some shops have moved elsewhere. It's a shame, but from here you had a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Then it was off to the Wall Street bulls, where I couldn't get a normal picture. Strangers were constantly standing in the way, and the place was totally overcrowded.

Brooklyn Bridge vom South Street Seaport
Brooklyn Bridge vom South Street Seaport

“Headquarters” of the MIB

At Battery Park, which was under construction, is the entrance to the “Headquarters” of the MIB (Men in Black). Oh man, a dream come true! I've always wanted to go here, especially since I learned in a lecture that where Agent K always goes in is actually the entrance to the car tunnel to Brooklyn. :D

Eingang zum MIB-Hauptquartier
Entrance to MIB Headquarters

Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island

After we made another cache and met nice German geocachers with whom we exchanged a few tips for other caches, we took the Staten Island Ferry over to Staten Island. What a view of Manhattan from the ferry. You just have to be fast enough and stand at the back outside of the ship. The ferry also took us quite close to the Statue of Liberty. This was unfortunately closed at the time of our stay due to a strike.

9/11 Memorial

Unfortunately, it was a bit hazy and you couldn't see the city so well from Staten Island. On Staten Island we saw the 9/11 Memorial and then drove back to Manhattan. With the path we went back to Newark and on the way to Hotel we got something for dinner.A very hard and really hot day, but it was worth it!

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9/11 Memorial auf Staten Island
9/11 Memorial on Staten Island

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Hallo, ich bin Christin und bin im zauberhaften Merseburg aufgewachsen. Während meines Studiums in Erfurt lernte ich meinen heutigen Mann Christian kennen und wir zogen gemeinsam nach Halle. Mit unserer kleinen Familie wohnen wir nun wieder in meinem ursprünglichen Heimatort. Durch meinen Beruf als Architektin bin ich immer interessiert an Orten mit spannender Geschichte und großartiger Architektur. Schon während meines Studiums war ich oft unterwegs, doch die große Reiseleidenschaft ist erst von meinem Mann auf mich übergeschwappt. Mein Motto: "Der Weg ist das Ziel!" Ein entspannter Urlaub beginnt für uns nämlich schon am Flughafen ... in der Lounge. :-)

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