My sister and I drove into NYC to spend the day on Friday and we had lots of time to talk as we drive to and from NYC on the New Jersey Turnpike. We packed as much as we could into one day starting with an express trip up the Empire State Building. The view up there helps you see the expanse and density of Manhattan. Crazy! Because my sister lived in Manhattan for so long, she was able to tell me about all the buildings, landmarks, neighbourhoods, etc.
It was so windy and cold up on the deck and I took so many photos. I've only been to NYC once before for a couple of hours and didn't really see much so seeing this view was such a great overview of the city.
The next stop was the 911 Memorial. My sister hadn't been to this yet so it was a special visit. I will never forget that day and how it affected our family. My sister was in Manhattan at the time. We walked by the building my brother-in-law worked in which was right across the street from the World Trade Centre. Eery. The memorial was really well done and we both appreciated the story of the survivor tree...a true story of hope. It was amazing to see the first of the new buildings almost completed.
Next stop was Dylan's Candy Bar for treats for the kids!
We drove around the Upper West Side and I got to see the three apartments that my sister and her family lived in and then we found a great parking spot and had a lovely walk through Central Park. Such a peaceful respite in the middle of such a busy, loud and stimulating city.