Are you ready for another NY Downtown Adventure?
My husband Abraham, my friend Minette, and I stood in front of a busy intersection in Chinatown. We’re lost! We didn’t know which way to turn.
Abraham took out his cell phone and googled the direction from our location to Lombardi’s pizza in Little Italy, then he motioned us to follow him.
We walked a few blocks and came to a corner in Broome Street where I saw this colorful mural. At that time, I didn’t know that it was painted by Tristan Eaton. He is a Los Angeles based street artist whose artwork can be found in various cities across the globe. Big City of Dreams – yes that’s New York!
People from different parts of the world moved to New York to start a new life and to reach for their dreams. One of these dreamers was Gennaro Lombardi. He was an Italian immigrant who opened the FIRST pizzeria in the United States in 1905.
YES! We finally arrived at Lombardi’s Pizza. The place was packed, and we waited for 30-minutes before we were seated in a basement level room. We ordered a large 16-inch white pizza. The thin, slightly charred, coal oven baked pizza was good! My only regret was I forgot to order additional toppings. I could have enjoyed it more with s bit of sweet Italian sausage!
I checked the time, it was already 4:15 pm. We still need to visit the 9/11 Memorial, so we paid the bill and rushed out the door. As we walked down the street, I took one more photo of this vibrant neighborhood. Till next time Little Italy. Ciao!
We hopped on the bus at Broadway and hopped off at the bus stop near the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex. It is open daily from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. Entrance to the memorial is free; you need to buy tickets for the museum.
The names of the victims are inscribed around the twin memorial pools. I felt sad thinking of all the lives that were lost during that tragic day in New York.
We wanted to go inside the museum, but it was already 5:30 pm. We have to be at the Port Authority Bus Terminal by 6:00 PM for our trip back to Albany, NY. I sighed and told my husband that I really want to visit the museum someday. Abraham nodded and said, “we also need to go there!” He pointed at the new One World Trade Center.
The new One World Trade Center is one of the buildings of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. It is now the tallest skyscraper in the United States! It took years for New York to rise from the ashes, but it did! Stronger than ever – it is still the Big City of Dreams!
There are more places to discover in NYC, and I can’t wait to go back! Have you been to New York? Where did you go? If not, are you planning to visit New York someday? Please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
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