The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honour to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America.

The September 11 Memorial

The memorial pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools. It is a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil. It was also the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history. The best way to get there from the High Line is to walk to 14th Street and get the A, C or E lines direct to WTC.

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There are various activities and a huge museum to visit but it looked full to the brim so I didn’t pay to get in. It was also quite expensive. If you want to visit all the museums in New York, you better start saving! They all charge at least $20 per person. The cheapest museum was the photography museum at $14.

It was still super-hot, just under 30 degrees C so I was walking around in T-shirt, enjoying the summer weather in October! By this time I discovered that it is easier to get out of the Subway and walk to the nearest station instead of trying to change over underground. The network is not very intuitive and feels like the designers didn’t keep in mind the concept of convenience. Also, most lines run North to South. This means going West to East requires travelling North first then crossing Manhattan before getting another line South.

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The Lower East Side

So from the WTC it is far easier to walk to Fulton Street a couple of blocks away and then taking the JZ line North. The best stops for the Lower East side are Delancey Street/Essex Street. It is an easy walk from here to the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street.

According to Wikipedia, historically, the Lower East Side referred to the area alongside the East River. This stretched from the Manhattan Bridge and Canal Street up to 14th Street, roughly bounded on the west by Broadway. It included areas known today as East Village, Alphabet City, Chinatown, Bowery, Little Italy, and NoLIta.

In a beautiful summer day it is just the perfect location for an easy stroll. Here most streets are tree lined and wide and one can breathe history with every step. Midtown and the area around Central Park are so much busier and has less character compared with the Lower East Side. Not to mention the local grocery stores and independent cafes which differentiate it from other New York neighbourhoods.

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For lunch I would 100% recommend the Wolfnights Burrito restaurant on 99 Rivington Street, just round the corner from the Tenement Museum. They sell gourmet wraps and everything is freshly made in front of you.

This is what they say on their website: “We hand make everything from scratch, including each one of our signature sauces, meatballs, pickled fruit and our wrap dough, which is pressed and baked to order in front of your eyes on our blazing Iron­Wolf™. You can also substitute our signature wraps for whole wheat if you want that extra bit of fibre.”

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