Susan and I we up early ready to start our day. I thought a good start for Susan would be to ride the “Hop On Hop Off” bus so she can get an idea of where things are in Manhattan.We disembarked at Battery Park. Hurricane Sandy damage was still quite visible and we weren’t able to walk the area as planned. To get a good look at the downtown skyline we opted for the Staten Island free Ferry ride. The day is hot and hazy which makes it difficult to obtain long range photos.
After our return trip we walked to Bowling Green. Bowling Green is a small public Park at the foot of Broadway next to the site of the original Dutch fort of New Amsterdam.Built in 1733, originally including a “bowling green”, it is the oldest park in New York City.
A short distance later and we were in the heart of the Financial District and home to the New York Stock Exchange, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.It’s here you will find “Wall Street” and the “Charging Bull” or the “Wall Street Bull.” The bull is a symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity. People on the street say you’ve got to rub the nose, horns and testicles for good luck. We passed on that one. This area is also home to the newly build One World Trade Center aka the Freedom Tower. Due to the extremely long lines we did not tour the 911 Memorial. I was disappointed the Museum still had not been completed. I hope someday I can see it.
By this time we were a little tired so we caught the Hop On again through the lower east side back to Midtown. After a short rest we went out for dinner. As it was raining we opted for the Chinese Café beside our condo.This was not a good choice as the service was slow and they “lost” our order so we left in disgust. A quick three walk block in a heavy downpour we found a French Restaurant. By this time we both looks like drowned rats but the service staff were very kind and polite and didn’t seem to mind we looked pretty scruffy. The food was wonderful and the service better. Back to the condo for the night and to put our sore feet up.