In Memory, 9/11 Memorial

September 11, 2001 was a devastating day in America when several planes were used in a terrorist attack. The most disastrous planes hit the 2 World Trade Centers in Manhattan, NY killing thousands of innocent people. The damage was incomprehensible as the two towers crumbled. Manhattan was able to stand strong after the attack and re-built a beautiful memorial in it’s place along with the One World Trade building.

Since I live in the NYC area, I’ve had the opportunity to visit One World Trade and the memorial on several occasions. I’ll share my experience with you regarding the sites and why it’s a must visit in this city. The one thing I always find interesting is hearing people’s stories of exactly where they were and what they were doing when it happened. An experience like this will leave a strong impression on anyone.

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This is the One World Trade Tower that stands right beside the 9/11 memorial. It’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and was finished in November 2014.

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These are beautiful pictures from inside of the tower. You can see in so many directions. It’s honestly a better view than the Empire State Building. If you look hard enough, you can spot the Statue of Liberty in the bottom picture.

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This is a really special picture. It looks down upon the memorial. The big square was where one of the towers actually stood.

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We finally made our way outside and to the actual memorial. It’s now a beautiful square with a fountain that runs in it. On the outside are names written of all the individuals who passed away that day.

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People leave roses all over the fountain next to names. I assume it’s the innocent victims’ relatives and friends that still mourn the loss of their loved ones.

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Another really special aspect of the memorial is that a light shines from the site for a week before the 9/11 day to commemorate the day and remind us all of the horrible act that occurred. Since we live right across the river in Hoboken, we are lucky to be able to experience this light right outside our door. We captured this beautiful picture on a full moon while we looked across to the NYC skyline.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victim’s families and friends. This memorial shows that NYC isn’t easily defeated and does rebuild to stand strong.

Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂

Rose Event: Pinknic!

We have a passion for wine and when we heard about a Rose party on one of the surrounding islands of NYC, we jumped on the opportunity to be a part of it. This was to be a summer lawn party with rose, live music, and pre-made picnic baskets packed by a renowned chef. This event was to be held on Governor’s Island which sits south of NYC. It’s a small Island that used to be a military base and over the years shut down it’s doors. The city of New York has tried to revitalize this little island by creating a day trip getaway for New Yorkers and tourists with park spaces and beautiful views of lower Manhattan.

In historical accounts of the island, Governor’s Island was easily crossed by walking to it from a point in Brooklyn. This was at the early stages of when people first founded America. It’s no longer possible to cross over to the island by foot and taking a ferry across is the only option. There are other pretty little islands that surround Manhattan that can be reached by Ferry, Train, or Sky Tram, but Governor’s has been sitting empty for many years. Thankfully, the island is becoming a fun spot to get away from the city and enjoy a reprieve from the hustle and bustle. Who knows, eventually we may see other modes of transportation to get to Governor’s Island.

With a Pink and White dress code, we boarded the ferry across the river to Governor’s Island. The logistics of it weren’t greatly thought out since masses of people were heading to the party at the same time. The lines to the ferries were miles long and the ferries weren’t too consistent. We were lucky to have purchased tickets that allowed us VIP access to the ferries and festivities. Once on the Island, we made our way to the venue (which was about a half mile walk from the ferry landing). Once we were checked in, we picked up our picnic basket, bottles of rose, and found a spot on the lawn to camp out for several hours.

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We were surprised at how many people were already gathered and ready to enjoy the music and rose! Even though the clouds look ominous in this picture, we lucked out! It only sprinkled a little bit!

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We ended up finding a spot to lay out blanket and delicious picnic out and got ready to dive into the food! The Pinknic baskets were adorable cream and pink tote bags that included a blanket, our pre-made meal, and various beverages. When we picked up the rose, they were in plastic bags with ice and included rose glasses! We of course kept the tote bag, plastic wine bag, and the blanket! If you look in the background, you can see some of the gorgeous Manhattan skyline!

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The stage was in front of us and the city was behind us. We decided to uncork the delicious rose and dived right in!

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With glasses full of bubbly, we enjoyed our wonderful Pinknic experience!

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The food was delicious! There was a great spread of pork sandwiches, quinoa salad, veggies, and a cole slaw salad.

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We finished off our pinknic with yummy macaroons! We had a lot of fun and carry away lots of memories from that day. It was a unique experience that we were lucky to be a part of in this city!

Have you been apart of any unique experiences or adventures in NYC? If so, I’d love it if you shared them with us! We’re always looking for new and exciting things to do in and around NYC! With how big the city is, it’s hard to stay on top of all of the events that go on, and I’d love to hear some other recommendations.