Day two of NYC began after a quick breakfast at a nearby cafe. And then off we headed to a subway station.
We got off at World Trade Center station and got to see the 9/11 Memorial under construction. I don’t know about anyone else but my heart felt crushed as I walked past the site of the fallen world trade center. I will spare the details of 9/11 and I can only pray for those who had lost their loved ones on this despicable event.
We continued walking in lower Manhattan. Block after block, building after building.
And then, we were standing in front of one of the oldest Episcopal parishes in NYC – Trinity Church and St Paul’s Chapel. Both are now labeled as National Historic landmarks.
And here we were, at the beginning of the famous Wall Street. It was quite unbelievable when we realized we were at the historic heart of the Financial District and the home of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street is a haven for American big businesses and stock trading.
The Federal Hall is also located at Wall Street. George Washington stood on a balcony overlooking Wall St. and was inaugurated as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789. This historical site had been used as New York’s city hall and had hosted some of the first congregations of the colonies in the lead-up to the American Revolution. After the revolution, the building, now Federal Hall, briefly housed Congress, the Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices before the national capital moved to Philadelphia.
Today, the building is maintained by the National Park Service as a museum dedicated to the history of the site and the statue of George Washington stands tall to remind us that he was a history maker.
Thankfully, the weather in NYC was kind enough to allow us to walk quite a distance. Can you believe we actually walked 20 minutes from Wall Street to NYC’s Chinatown? There was so much to see in NYC and I did not want to miss it if I were to take a subway.
We had a quick lunch at a Singaporean cafe at Chinatown and continued our sightseeing tour around NYC. We went up on the Empire State Building (blogged a few days ago) and had an immersive experience of enjoying the skyline of NYC.
We did not have the chance to visit the Statue of Liberty this trip so we had to fake one and entertain ourselves with it. Move along!
So we passed by the world’s largest store, Macy’s. Truth to be told, I was not impressed by that and I did not even bother to check the store out. I walked around aimlessly at Fashion Ave and only one store captured my sight – Victoria Secret. And that’s because there isn’t any flagship store opened in Malaysia.
Towards the evening, we exercised our legs even more by checking out the Central Park. This giant urban park is sized at 843 acres at the moment. (*faints*)
We would love to spend more time in this park, but my legs could not handle any more walking. We even got lost finding our way out of the Central Park. So you could imagine how grumpy my legs were by the time we found the exit point.
We rested our poor feet in front of the closed Metropolitan Museum of Art for a good 30 minutes. Apparently this museum is the largest art museum in USA and we missed the opportunity to check it out too.
We thought of walking back to the vicinity of Times Square and then we realized we were 2 miles away. So, we hailed a cab that drove us from 83rd St (5th Ave) to 44th St.
As we were heading to Virgil’s BBQ for dinner, we passed by a pizza place and could not resist trying a slice of New York pizza. So Mike and I shared one, and you must be thinking we must really have had big empty stomachs to eat a pizza before consuming a big meal at Virgil’s.
We burnt a ton of calories on this day and we knew we were capable of gulping down a meal fit for a dinosaur.
Our second day ended with a long stare at the famous Times Square before we headed back to the hotel.
Two days were definitely not enough for this city. We told ourselves that we would definitely be back to visit because there is really so much to see in NYC.