Our day started at 6:00 a.m. We took the 7:00 a.m. bus from Toms River. Even with a cost of $39 per person round trip, the bus was definitely the way to go for our group of six. The ordeal of paying for tolls, parking, and the anxiety of trying to drive into the city would have been overwhelming. It would have put a real damper on the excitement of our adventure. Instead, the stress of driving and navigating was replaced with members of our group discussing where we wanted to go and how we would get there. In other words, the stress of driving to the city was supplanted by the stress of getting around inside the city.
The bus route took us north on the Garden State Parkway through Newark, New Jersey, into and out of the Holland Tunnel and into the city.
|New York City from the bus on the New Jersey side of the Hudson river|
|Fausto, Anthony, Micky, Scott, and Devin (l-r)|
|One World Trade Center|
|Memorial waterfalls and reflecting pools|
|The slurry wall inside the museum|
|A remnant of one of the box columns|
|The Charging Bull or Wall Street Bull|
It was our good fortune to have planned our trip prior to leaving Egg Harbor. We had ample emergency snacks, and bottles of water to make it through the day.
From Battery Park we could see One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
|One World Trade Center in the distance from Battery Park|
|The Statue of Liberty from Battery Park|
|Ellis Island from Battery Park|
|The crew outside Pennsylvania Station|
|The crew headed toward Radio City|
|Fresh & Co for lunch while it rained|
Here are some of my observations from the day. Everything seems to cost $30, or at least more than $20. The 9/11 memorial Museum was $24 for me because I didn't think to ask for a veteran's discount. Two of my fellow travelers did ask and they received a $6 discount, no ID required. The observation decks at Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building both cost almost $30. Since it was so cloudy we didn't do either. The city is full of sights, sounds, and smells, good and bad. The rich seem to live here among the poor, they just live better and higher. The streets are so noisy. Horns honk all the time. The smell of food wafts through the canyons of steel and concrete... and then there is the trash. It is everywhere!
In summary, I couldn't live there but I think I understand why people do. In the course of half a day we heard so many different languages. Tourists and residents swarm the streets, vendors sell their wares, people handout flyers, all the while cameras capture only a fraction of what is happening each moment.
We departed NYC on the 6:30 p.m. bus and finally arrived back in Egg Harbor tired and sore at just before 9:00 p.m.
Thanks for reading.
See all our pictures here.
Update: I forgot to mention the cellphone app I used when I was at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The official app is FREE. The museum requires users to wear headphones when listening to the narrative.