Monday, 31 August 2009

New York day 4: Both Sides of Brooklyn Bridge

Once I had finished my tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, I took the free Downtown Connection from Battery Park to Wall Street.

Wall Street

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Looking down Wall Street (with Trinity Church visible at the end) and the foot of the Trump Building

Wall Street runs through the heart of the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.  I expected more flash and evidence of the grinding wheels of capitalism but Wall Street is a rather ordinary looking street.

On the other hand, The New York Stock Exchange is anything but ordinary looking.  Majestic was the word that came to mind!

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The New York Stock Exchange

This was such a big, grand building and I just couldn’t manage to fit the whole building in the frame!  I loved the detail on the building and would have loved to have gone inside but apparently they don’t allow members of the public anymore.

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The Federal Hall National Memorial

Across the road from the New York Stock Exchange is the Federal Hall National Memorial.  The Federal Hall was the first Capitol of the USA and the Bill of Rights was passed there.  It is free to get into the Memorial and they are open weekdays from 9am to 5pm.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realise the significance of the building at the time and didn’t go inside.  I will have to go back there one day!

South Street Seaport

From Wall Street, I took a walk up to the historic South Street Seaport District.  This is the most exquisite and old area where the streets have cobblestones and the area has been around since the 17th century.  Some of the restored buildings are from the 18th and 19th century!


South Street Seaport

You can visit the South Street Seaport Museum for $10 and it looks really worth it but I was a little wet (see the rain in the photo above) and a little hungry so I got on the subway and went to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn


The Brooklyn US Post Office in Cadman Plaza

My immediate impression of Brooklyn is that there is a lot more open space and room to move than Manhattan.  Manhattan is exhilarating and exciting but I imagine a lot of people might prefer the space in Brooklyn.

 
Cadman Plaza Park and the Brooklyn War Memorial

The inscription on the Brooklyn War Memorial reads:

This memorial is dedicated
to the heroic men and women of the Borough of Brooklyn
who fought for liberty in the Second World War 1941-1945
and especially those who suffered and died.
May their sacrifice inspire future generations
and lead to universal peace.

Eventually, I found my way to Grimaldi's Pizzeria under the Brooklyn Bridge where you can find the best pizza on Earth in New York according to Zagat.


Grimaldi's Pizzeria under the Brooklyn Bridge

I had an anchovy, capers and black olive pizza.  A word to the wise, the pizzas are huge, you can’t ask for slices and they are moderately pricey so I would absolutely recommend going to the pizzeria in a group so that you can share.  They don’t accept credit cards either so make sure you have cash.  But yes, the pizza that was Frank Sinatra’s favourite was indeed absolutely amazing and the homeless man I gave my leftovers to called me an angel from heaven when I told him it was Grimaldi’s pizza.

Unfortunately, it was absolutely pouring with rain when I got out of the pizzeria and I got soaked through!

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The Brooklyn Bridge and the Tobacco Warehouse

I stood in a door way for a while willing myself to find a way up to the top of the bridge.  This particular area of Brooklyn is known as “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Underpass” or DUMBO for short and if you’d like to learn more about this historic and beautiful area, visit the Dumbo, NYC blog.

 
The Tobacco Warehouse

I left the shelter of the doorway and then a kind man let me stand in his parking garage for quite some time as the rain came pounding down.  I eventually left the garage with the intention of finding the steps up to the top of the bridge but then just asked for directions to the subway and decided to make my way to my evening’s destination.  I was too wet and bedraggled by that stage to do much else!

I still  can’t quite believe that I went all the way to New York and to Brooklyn and that I didn’t walk back along the Brooklyn Bridge. 

I definitely have to visit this city again and my husband recently said that the first thing we would do when he got his British passport would be to visit New York! Could it be that I’ll be writing posts about our visit at Christmas 2010?  I hope so.

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14 comments

  1. Another great entry in your NYC series. I loved the whole thing and can't wait to see what other stuff you post in the future.

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  2. You found so many neat things and sights in NYC! It's really made me want to go back.

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  3. Yup, you've captured the essence of NYC fully...great post

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  4. I always liked the Brooklyn Bridge; though I haven't been to New York since 1986.

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  5. Beautiful photos - my fave is the one of the bridge and the Tobacco Warehouse. I grew up in Manhattan but my roots are mostly in Brooklyn, and a lot of my grandmother's family lived near that bridge area in the 1850s. So I loved seeing this.

    I write about early Brooklyn stuff a lot on my history blog...

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  6. @ Phoenix: Heh. I think next time I will definitely try shower some love on Boston! I am glad that you're enjoying the posts!

    @ Kathy: I'm glad! It looks like my work here is done!

    @ Baron: Thank you!

    @ blessingsgoddess: I love all bridges! I guess it is time for you to return? What is next on your travel radar?

    @ Lidian: Thank you! If you ever want a non-watermarked copy of the Tobacco Warehouse, let me know. The best thing about New York City and surrounds was that it had a history that I was previously completely unaware of and it was all so interesting!

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  7. Well done, you! I loved all your NYC posts. Here's hoping to another visit--this time with your hubby. Just think, he'll have his own private tour guide :-)

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  8. Another great tour Emm. I love the exchange.

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  9. I would like to drive (or be driven) across America, exploring the many different landscapes (and bridges).

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  10. I have read all of your posts about NY trip. Thank you to share with us. Your post are full of beautiful photos and you are definitely good at writing. When I read your words, it is easy to know what you described at your journey. especially my English is not as good as others'!
    Hahaha, I can not wait for your next post!!

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  11. I would love to revist New York and try to capture what had inspired Manos Hadjikakis to compose one of the best examples of “classical” modern Greek music

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  12. hello, my name is symantha and im currently doing a blog about interracial relationships, since you've been to these various places, i would like to know, have you ever seen more interracial couples in London than in America or to say New york City?

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  13. @ Manmohan: Oh wow, your photos are awesome so thank you for the compliment.

    @ JaPRA: Fingers crossed for Christmas 2010!

    @ Lauren: Thanks! I liked the exchange too!

    @ blessing goddess: I have a dream of going right across America on a road trip too but would probably have to take a couple of shorter trips in reality!

    @ Chen Yin Tzu: Thank you! I think you English is great seeing as it is not your first language!!

    @ Nikos: I had to go find that song on YouTube. It is really lovely!!

    @ Sammie: I really don't know! I suppose I'd say I've seen more couples in London but I wouldn't necessarily notice interracial couples any more than I'd notice other couples. To me it is nothing out of the ordinary.

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