Wednesday was our fourth full day in New York City. We already planned what we were going to do, which was take our first of two trips into Manhattan. Today’s vlog covers the random excitement of watching the New York Fire Department in action when a building across from us had a small fire, our trip to Trinity Church to see the grave of Alexander Hamilton, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, South Street Seaport, and the sunset ferry tour of the Manhattan coast, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. At the end, Andrea and Laura talk about a magazine cover boasting a harmful fad diet, and the video ends with all three of us laughing until we cry. Click below to read about our adventures and watch the vlog!
After the previous day, where we went to the Bronx Zoo and did a lot of walking and travelling, all three of us decided to sleep in a bit. We knew that we would be in the city until very late, since we were taking the sunset ferry tour, so we didn’t leave until after lunch. But before we did, I noticed smoke coming from a nearby building. We went to the roof to see what was going on. Turns out, part of a building across the street from us was on fire. No fire trucks had arrived yet, and another four minutes had passed since we got to the roof before people inside the building came out to see what was going on. By the time we went back to our apartment, there were twelve emergency vehicles gathered around the building, blocking traffic. In the video clip in the vlog, you can hear a driver honk and yell at the firefighters to move their truck. The audio dips, because he says some not-so-nice words to the firefighters trying to crank open the nearby hydrant. Ah, New York.
Our trip into Manhattan wasn’t nearly as long as it was to the Bronx. Our first stop was Trinity Church so we could see the grave of Alexander Hamilton. We toured the entire cemetery, but didn’t go inside the church. From there, we walked to see the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl sculptures.
After, we walked to Ground Zero, the 9/11 Memorial, and the 9/11 Museum. I’ve been there before, but it was before the Memorial grounds and the tower pools were completed. Andrea hadn’t been there, either, since they completed the memorial. We walked around the grounds and went to both tower pools, and then went to the Survivor Tree, the only surviving tree from Ground Zero. Liz and I chose to go through the Museum.
There is footage in the vlog from both pools, the tree, and the new World Trade Center. I took two pictures as we entered the Museum, but didn’t take any video or pictures when inside as it didn’t feel respectful. We didn’t go through the entire Museum, and ended up skipping two of the last exhibits because it was very overwhelming. The entire experience was something we’ll never forget, and I highly suggest it if you’re in the NYC area. (Andrea added: Please know your limits. I knew ahead of time that I would be very emotional and wouldn’t be able to handle stepping foot in the museum. If it’s not something you think you can handle, that’s okay. Take care of you.)
After we finished at the memorial, we walked to South Street Seaport to Pier 17. When Andrea and I went to the Seaport in 2010, we spent hours there having an amazing time. We sat on a bench people watching, talking, and enjoying the atmosphere. I was so looking forward to experiencing that again, only to find out that the pier was closed. The shops and the area before the Pier were the same, and it was nice to see them, but the Pier itself was damaged after Hurricane Sandy and was never reopened. Now, it’s being completely renovated.
We ate dinner at an amazing restaurant nearby and went to another Pier to get on our sunset ferry tour. This is another thing Andrea and I did the last time I visited and we went into the city, and the experience didn’t disappoint. Liz and I did have a laugh when we first got on the ferry. Both Liz and I live in the south, where we drive everywhere. There’s public transportation in Dallas, but practically none where I live. This means no trains. So while it took Liz and I a while to learn how to not fall over on the trains, Andrea laughed and showed off by not holding onto anything and remaining steady. Things changed when we got on the ferry. Liz and I were steady, but Andrea was the one gripping the rails and chairs.
The water tour of the coastline, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty was beautiful. We got a bonus view since it was a full moon over Brooklyn. The ferry also went under the Brooklyn Bridge. That footage looks weird in the vlog because we moved inside and the overhead lights of the ferry were reflected in the windows. That was the last thing we did in Manhattan, and we began the long journey home.
We decided to hit up the pharmacy again, because the next day was going to be laundry day and we needed dryer sheets and Liz needed nail polish remover. While in line to check out, I spotted a Woman’s World magazine with the large headline boasting: LOSE 100 POUNDS IN 12 WEEKS. There’s a picture of it in the vlog. This made me a little very angry. So angry that the moment we were outside, I pulled out my phone and began an angry rant vlog the entire way back to the Airbnb. The footage was very shaky and parts of it were very dark, so Andrea and I decided to re-record our thoughts when we were inside and could stabilize the camera.
So in addition to the pictures and video footage of our day, there’s a mini-post about the dangers of fad diets at the end of the vlog. It’s worth watching, because of the information, and also because towards the end, Liz starts cracking up in the living room, which makes Andrea and me laugh, and it’s the perfect end to the video.
We hope you enjoyed! Day Five is a slow day since we mostly stayed in, but that video will be up shortly!