New York: Inside the Concrete Jungle - Part II

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For a city as busy as New York, 7 days are not enough to cram all the places I wanted to visit. Having a detailed itinerary was not a big help at all. I just let the energy of the city drag my feet to wander around the city.

During my stay in New York, I had a little side trip to Washington D.C. to avoid the Black Friday sale chaos in Manhattan. When I came back on the following day, that’s when I did my shopping – I spent the entire day in Tanger Outlet.

For my last 3 days in this big city, I went out to explore Brooklyn, Central Park and the 9/11 Memorial

Ground Zero

Visiting this place feels different to me among all the places I’ve seen in New York. When I last went here, the two massive towers were still planted on that very same ground, but now, the ground is a memorial of a tragic nightmare. The area feels gloomy and depressing.

The 9/11 attack made a huge dent on the city’s spirit, but this memorial serves as a sign that this city can heal despite being damaged.

The foundation of both buildings became fountains that glow at night. On the borders of both fountains are the names of the victims of the 9/11 attack. It is amazing to think that they have made something beautiful and inspiring from the rubbles and ashes.

The survivor tree in Ground Zero stood out among other trees. The color was blazing red and full of life, despite the fall season. The tree was recovered from the ruins, and was replanted on the site again as it regains its life. It is a symbol of hope, resilience and rebirth. 

The World Trade Center Station beside the 9/11 Memorial.

Inside the Oculus structure.

Taking a bite of The Big Apple

Central Park serves as an urban oasis in the middle of the city. It is the go-to place for those who would like to take a break from the city. When I went to Central Park, there were leaves everywhere! It’s a mixture of yellow, orange and green leaves that were scattered all over Central Park. It was the end of autumn – I wished I could’ve gotten here earlier to see the park glow in orange.

This park also offers delicious food, wherein you order from the food trucks and eat inside the park – New York Style. We ordered rib eye platters in Tony Dragon’s Grille, and I can daresay that this was the best meal I’ve had in New York. Good food and a good view, definitely a good New York experience.

The Gapstow Bridge in Central Park.

Wolman Skating Rink in Central Park. This rink is larger than the rink in Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center.

The trees in The Mall and Literary Walk are kinda creepy. It’s like the scene from Beauty and the Beast.

This spot is perfect for an IG photo shoot, near Bethesda Fountain.

Goodbye, New York!

I certainly cannot leave New York without crossing Brooklyn Bridge. I endured the cold, windy weather just to cross this iconic bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Ending my NYC trip in Brooklyn Bridge was the best part of the trip. I had a brief, meaningful moment while crossing the bridge, where I can see the New York Skyline and the Statue of Liberty from a distance. I had to pause to breathe in the moment.

New York City, indeed, offers the best skyline in the world. Even in sunset, the city’s glow is very visible.

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