Day 4: 15 Miles Across Lower Manhattan
|Reflection Pools - 9/11 Memorial Site|
We began the day with a quiet visit at the 9/11 Memorial. The two reflection pools, which mark the locations of the Twin Towers, were larger than life for many of the group. Names of the victims were carved into the sides of the reflections pools. Several roses graced a few of the names. A highlight of this visit was the surviving pear tree, or “the little tree that could.” The solemn remembrance surrounding this area was a peaceful and enriching experience.
|Stained Glass at Trinity Church|
|Survivor Tree Root Cast|
Our next two visits included St. Paul’s Church and Trinity Church. St. Paul’s was small and pretty. The interior seemed a bit colonial while also including tables relating to 9/11. Trinity Church reminded many of us of the movie National Treasure. However, though we were not allowed to explore the basement for hidden gold, we were able to see the beautiful Gothic stained glass windows, doors, and arches. Outside the church, we saw the cast of the root of the surviving pear tree—the very root that stabilized Trinity Church in the midst of the 9/11 rubble.
Next was Wall Street. We saw the New York Stock Exchange building and the Federal building. We also displayed our efficient system of photographing while in front of the statue of Washington. Nevelson Park, which displayed modern art by Louise Nevelson, was something we passed by as well.
We also walked to and through Greenwich Village, where we bought lemonade from two families with adorable little children, and then proceeded to enjoy the family friendly atmosphere which contrasted with the fast paced individualism of Downtown New York.
Washington Square Park defined itself as a pleasant and beautiful location where we either rested in the grass, or strolled around the park.
In China Town, several of us enjoyed bubble teas while others lunched on tasty noodles. We then spent a little time shopping in the crowded streets. Although China Town did not impress several of us sufficiently, others enjoyed it for its “urban decay.” For all of us, China Town was an excellent experience within one of New York’s many cultures.
Little Italy is sadly being eaten up by China Town, but it too is a reminder of the many cultures of New York, and for dinner, Lombardi’s Pizza found its way into our stomachs as well as our hearts. Waiting 30 minutes for seating seemed like nothing once the delicious coal brick baked pizza was on our plates. Simply put, Lombardi’s was excellent and lived to all of our expectations.
We made a small stop in front of the Manhattan Bridge Arch. While possessing certain grandeur, this arch surprised a few of us with its great size.
The Brooklyn Bridge was the grand finale of the evening. Although the bridge entailed a lengthy walk, it was quite awesome. Many of us, if not all, wish to return. The bridge was beautiful and very moving. Its solid grandeur, Gothic arches, and exquisite suspension added to the bridge’s elegance. We took many photos and experienced many excited bikers. During the course of the day, many of us noticed with dismay how our visit to the bridge kept being pushed further and further into the day. However, the delay proved to reap a treat: our waiting was rewarded in seeing the magnificent bridge with the backdrop of a sunset and the New York skyline. The Brooklyn Bridge was amazing; the highlight of the day was indeed an enchanting walk.
Walking Stats: 15.5 MILES