Walk through The Canyon of Heroes, NYC’s famous ticker tape parade route, here you’ll see: The Charging Bull Statue, Trinity Church, The New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall (where George Washington became the first U.S. president) The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Zucotti Park.
St. Paul’s Chapel is next. Hear how it survived the attacks of Sept 11th and the important role it played as the base camp for rescue and recovery workers in the months that followed and you’ll see other beautiful and sadly, often missed World Trade Center area memorials.
Visit The Fireman’s Memorial, honoring New York’s Finest who were lost on that terrible day; then visit the 9/11 Memorial Plaza where you’ll have a chance to stand beside the twin reflecting pools that stand on the footprints of the old Twin Towers. Your guide will explain how everything on the ground was carefully and symbolically designed; including the 9/11 Museum building itself and the new World Trade Center office buildings. You’ll appreciate the thought, care and respect involved in creating and operating the national memorial.
You’ll get an up-close look at all of those new buildings that are quickly becoming the new World Trade Center complex and you’ll hear about how the neighborhood is changing as a new breed of tenants moves in and former homes and headquarters of banks and brokerage firms are converted into residential space.
After seeing it all from street level, head underground for a view from inside The Oculus, the most recently opened part of the WTC and centerpiece of an amazing new transportation hub for Lower Manhattan with an ultra modern design and space age atmosphere and then make a visit to Liberty Park and see the America’s Response Monument in it’s new permanent home.
If you have chosen to add an admission ticket to One World Observatory you will be escorted to the entrance to begin your self-guided visit. You’ll board the high speed “sky pod” elevators and climb over 100 floors in less than a minute. Have your camera ready for the amazing HD elevator experience that awaits. From NYC’s tallest building you’ll look back with street level detail at all you’ve done and seen today.