Welcome to part two of my New York travel guide, if you haven’t read part one yet then click here and you can read about getting there, my hotel and the sights I saw on day one of my trip.
Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO
To start our second day in New York, we got the subway over to Brooklyn heights and explored DUMBO which is the underpass. It was such a hot day and the view of all the skyscrapers was amazing from the other side of the water.
We walked around for a little while and found the place where a lot of people decide to take Instagram shots in the middle of the road with the Manhattan bridge behind them. I of course, had to join in and get mine took although the sun was very bright and in my eyes so it was hard to get a reasonable shot. I was also very boiling in that coat.
Brooklyn bridge was very very busy when we walked over it. Although I can imagine you are able to get some great shots on the bridge it’s very difficult due to the number of people crossing and also the number of people stopping dead in front of you in the middle of the bridge to get a photo themselves. Be nice and find a spot to the side.
Staten Island Ferry and The Statue of Liberty
We then took another subway to get to the Staten Island ferry. We weren’t too bothered about actually visiting Ellis Island, we just wanted to see the statue so we opted for the free ferry. It doesn’t take long and gives you a pretty good view of the statue but you need to be quick to get off the boat at Staten Island and then back on another boat to return.
9/11 Memorial Museaum + Ground Zero New York
This museum and general area of New York is really really upsetting and I can see why some people choose not to visit but it was probably one of the highlights of the trip as I found it absolutely fascinating.
We first went to the memorial pools which were placed where the twin towers were and had the names of several people who had lost their lives during 9/11.
My dad and I then went into the museum which was so interesting and moving, it included lots of information about 9/11 and all of the people involved such as the fire service, police force, ambulance services, animals and all of those who worked in the building
With my dad actually being a firefighter we were so captured by the damaged fire trucks and stories of the firefighters that assisted during the fire and it was sad to think that everyone involved woke up to a normal day without any idea what was ahead.
I was also really touched by the story of the police dog, Sirius who was killed during 9/11 and they had a photo dedicated to him. The saddest part was definately the room filled with all the photo’s, items and stories of those who lost their lives which was an exhibition where photo’s were not permitted.
The above photo of the blue tiles also had a touching story behind it as each shade represents one persons memory of the colour of the sky that day. You can find more details on the 9/11 memorial museum here.
My top tips
Subway: A kind homeless man called Austin made us aware of not buying passes for everyone and this saved us a lot of money. The passes are 40$ per person but buying one card that you can top up saves a lot of money. Up to 4 people can use a card and each journey is 2.75$ so you’re only really paying for what you need.
Free entry to 9/11 Memorial Museum: Visit the museum on a Tuesday just before 5pm and you are allowed to enter for free. They do suggest making a donation and every donation above 5$ you get a free wristband which is a nice thing to remember the place by.
I hope you all enjoyed the second edition of my New York travel guide. Next week I will focus on Day 3 which includes the Museum of Natural History, Central Park.
Thanks for reading,