Sept 12,2013 Touring Downtown

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. 

Taken from the Staten Island Ferry

Taken from the Staten Island Ferry

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.

Clinton Castle -Located 2 blocks from Fort Amsterdam

Clinton Castle -Located 2 blocks from Fort 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.

For good luck they say to rub his nose, horns and testicles.

For good luck they say to rub his nose, horns and testicles.

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.
This piece of art was found in the rubble of the Trade Center and has been saved as another "survivor"

This piece of art was found in the rubble of the Trade Center and has been saved as another “survivor”

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.

While I stopped to get my photo with the bull, Susan got hers with these two studs!

While I stopped to get my photo with the bull, Susan got hers with these two studs!

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.

Never too tired to check out the shops.

Never too tired to check out the shops.