Busy Day ahead as we continue our adventure in New York City!
Top of the Rock
We started the morning at Top of the Rock, which was just across from our hotel room. The admission fee was $12 each with military ID and we also purchased the view identification card for $3. The view identification card is simply that – a card that identifies the major buildings and other sites in each view as you walk around the open area at the top of the building. It is worth the price if you are not familiar with the city.
Along the route to the elevators, we had a fun time with a photo shoot and took time to enjoy three short movies about the building and location. Acclimated to the city from on high, the next activity was buying subway tickets and heading south to Battery Park.
Battery Park and Statue of Liberty View – We sat on the benches in Battery Park and looked at the Statue of Liberty from afar. The boat dock is at the southern tip of the park and street vendors provided much needed refreshments to enjoy while we rested.
This artwork was in front of the World Trade towers and I recall my first business trip starting my career and seeing the towers as part of that first New York City experience.
Federal Hall and the Trinity Church Tour
Enroute to the Trinity Church for a free tour, we discovered the Federal Hall building and used our extra 30 minutes exploring this facinating structure. Managed by the National Park Service, the building has excellent exhibits and was well worth the stop.
At the Trinity Church, we were ready with a few others for the 2pm tour which is billed as a 15 minute overview of the church, but no tour guide in sight! At 10-15 minutes after the hour, visitors began to drift away from the tour gathering. Then a young woman appeared who does not typically do the tours, but works in the communications department of the church. She gave an amazing tour of the church, the graveyards and insight on history, architecture, and cultural significance of the Trinity Church. It was the BEST tour of our trip and lasted almost two hours! What a pleasant surprise for us! After finishing there, we walked by the former site of the World Trade Center buildings. I reminisced a bit about other trips to the area and memories of the park and buildings back in the ’80’s.