I traveled to New York City for work this week and stayed an extra day to walk around and enjoy the city. I have only been to NYC once before and ever since then I have wanted to go back. Finally my chance came up and my main goal was to see the Statue of Liberty. I am not a morning person but I got up at 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning and hopped on the Subway to see her during sunrise. It was very cold and windy morning but it was well worth it. What a wonderful experience!
I was staying in Midtown at 35th and 6th Avenue and quickly purchased a metro card. Hopping on the subway to get up and down and all around is so easy. I love mass transportation – the hustle and bustle, the musicians entertaining, and the wonderful people from all walks of life.
While walking around the tip of Manhattan thru Battery Park I enjoyed the sunrise reflecting on many buildings along the way.
There are some many parks to enjoy. Here is a shot of one.
And here is my all-time favorite find – sailboats!! I actually saw a sailboat on the Hudson during my meeting. It was beautiful, white, graceful and very distracting. 🙂
But almost everywhere I turned, I could see the brand new One World Trade Center – also known as the Freedom Tower. The building stands 1,776 feet tall and is a symbol of renewal and hope. It has 3 million square feet of office space on 71 office floors and will also have an observation deck. It sits right next to the 911 memorial pools.
I loved the reflection of the Freedom Tower on this building:
The 911 Memorial was the most moving experience. There are just no words.
Walking further north I captured this shot.
Lovely Rockefeller Center. I had planned to be there for the Today Show but decided at the last minute to enjoy Downtown Manhattan and all it had to offer first. By the time I got to Rockefeller Center it was lively with the new Christmas Tree getting prepped for decorating and ice skaters enjoying the rink.
And of course, what is a visit to New York City without spending time in Central Park! Such a gorgeous park.
After many miles on foot and on the subway (up and down many steps) I finally headed back to grab something to eat before heading to the airport. But on the way back I got to see what I believe is the most beautiful building in NYC – the Chrysler Building. It was just recently renovated and it is beautiful.
And yes, I plan to go back. I love NYC – just like their slogan. I will be there a few more times for work this winter but I do plan to be back in the summer sometime soon. I can’t wait to get on a sailboat on the Hudson!