Day three in NYC was pretty awesome. Although tired, we decided to reserve a tour at the 9/11 Memorial. You can do it online, pretty easily actually on their website. So we arrived with plenty of time at our booked reservation at noon, but before we arrived, we made a couple of detours.
We decided to stop at a couple of historic churches along the way. St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church were the first stops on our way to the memorial. What’s interesting is that St. Paul’s Chapel is the oldest surviving colonial church in New York City. It’s a few blocks up from Trinity Church on Broadway, and it is spectacular. No one really talks about it, so if you ever come to NYC, check that out because it’s open to the public and the exhibits describe the history of the church and its role in the city’s founding as well as the terrorist attacks on 9/11. It’s actually very moving and if you want the whole 9/11 Memorial experience, you need to check this place out.
Trinity Church is the church in the movie National Treasure starring Nicolas Cage. It’s pretty old too, and does have history to it. In fact, Alexander Hamilton is buried there. It doesn’t have much to do but to go inside and gaze at the wonderful architecture. It is an active church, just like St. Paul’s so you do have to respect those who are there to pray or for service. If you’re a history buff, check this place out too.
We made it to the 9/11 Memorial after and there is a temporary line while they construct One World Trade Center and Four World Trade Center. You need to go through four security check points to get in for now, because of the construction, but will be open once the construction is completed. After we entered into the 9/11 Memorial, there were trees all around, surrounded by gates, people and construction.
The scene is very moving. The reflecting pools on both the footprints of the North and South Towers are giant. It’s so hard to describe the mammoth size of these pools that pictures do no service until you actually see it in person. It’s not as sad as I thought it would be, but it definitely has a heavy feel to it. The memorial is dedicated to everyone who perished that fateful day in 2001, the first responders, the passengers in the plane, the victims in the towers and it even includes a memorial to those who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
After spending around 45 minutes at the memorial, we decided to check out the financial capital of the world, Wall Street. We walked past the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and the old Federal Hall Building, now a National Park. Pictures were taken, but I will say is that the area is very secure. We also walked into Tiffany & Co., the expensive glass and jewelry store. Definitely upscale, but we felt like it too.
Food was in our sights and we walked a few blocks into the oldest part of Manhattan. We found a pizza joint in a road filled with restaurants, and it was authentic New York style pizza. It was called Adrienne’s Pizza and it was spectacular. My dad and I finished the pizza within minutes. It was so good I could’ve had another one. Did I forget to mention it was 10 large slices? Yea, it was a huge pizza.
The subway we took back to our hotel to rest and by this time it was around 3:00pm. We rested up in the room before we took off for the Bronx to watch the Yankees take on the Orioles. We arrived after a 30-minute subway ride, not bad considering we went from Chinatown in Lower Manhattan to the southern tip of the Bronx (separate pieces of land).
We walked around the stadium, which sits directly across the street from the former Yankee Stadium site. The new stadium is quite a sight. Our seats were in Section 202. For those not well-versed with Yankee Stadium, that is in right field, the bleachers. We sat with the Bleacher Creatures and were involved with some chants early on. The Creatures chant each players name until they turn around and wave, or give a signal that they heard them. The crowd roared each time a player waved. I have to say, that was pretty cool.
After a few innings, we saw 12 runs scored between two teams. I’m not sure what the final score ended up being because we didn’t stay the whole time but it was the experience of being there. We received our own individual “First Game Certificates,” and went shopping in the Official Team Store. I bought a Curtis Granderson shirt. For all you Tigers fans out there you know he used to play for The Old English D.
Unfortunately, we didn’t make it in time to see Monument Park, but we did do the next best thing, New York Yankees Museum. It’s filled with bits and pieces of Yankee history. Included in the collection is Don Larsen’s Perfect Game in the World Series ball, Babe Ruth’s and Mickey Mantle’s original bats, and tons of original World Series Rings.
We rode the subway back and another half an hour later, we made it to the hotel. I finished the night off with a chicken kabob with BBQ sauce from a roadside stand. It was actually really good and quite cheap. Not the best food, but hit the spot for sure.
For Wednesday, the plans include going to Brooklyn to do a little shopping and also hitting up Fifth Avenue to shop. I read that there is an NHL store. So if you see me covered in NHL attire when I come back, you know where I was.
Ta-ta for now,
Chris Zadorozny is the Sports Editor for The Michigan Journal. He has contributed over 100 articles for the publication.
In addition to being our Michigan Football beat writer, Chris also contributes numerous articles devoted to Detroit. Numerous people from around the world have read from his two columns, Detroit: A City on the Rise and Motor City on the Move.Follow @Zads07