Saturday June 08, 2013
After the Empire State Building and a quick lunch, we got on the Gray Line with the sole intent of going to the 9/11 Memorial. Initially we had to sit in the lower level so, although we could hear what the tour guide was talking about we couldn’t really see the sights but two stops later we were able to move to the top level. The tour guide was okay but he seemed to struggle just a bit but we were on here mostly for transportation not “the tour” - that part was just a bonus. During our time in NYC I think we were always on the Downtown Loop bus which stops at the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, World Trade Center site, Financial District, Battery Park (departure point for Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ferry and a harbor cruise), South Street Seaport, Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City, United Nations, Fifth Avenue and more….and not necessarily in that order.
We didn’t realize you needed a ticket to get into the 9/11 Memorial and the line looked really long so we went across the street where the Historic St Paul’s Chapel. Its been around sine 1766 and most recently of note it was “home” to all the first responders after the attacks. It stayed open 24/7 for an entire year, if I remember correctly.
Then we walked over to Wall Street. We were disappointed that the ginormous flag wasn't up. We assumed that it must only be there during Market Hours and then we couldn’t find the famous Bull.
So we got back on the bus. And what is the first thing we pass? The Bull. Oh well, obviously it was crowded there and we probably got a better picture by being up on the top deck.
We decided to ride the rest of the loop back to Times Square because we wanted to get back to the hotel in time to get ready for our big dinner and show date night. Thus here are a few more (okay…a lot more) pictures from the bus:
…to be continued