Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An Evening in the City

On Sunday we met up with our friends Daniel & Maggy Klaus for an evening in the City.  There are many sites that I have never seen, and we wanted to get together.  We met the Klaus’ on the platform at Atlantic Station, then headed into Manhattan.  While we were waiting for the train, the Museum Train pulled in on the other platform.  It runs periodically.  I thought it was really cool looking!

Retro Subway Car

Retro Subway Car

The next stop was Wall Street and Federal Hall.  I didn’t really want to wait in line for a picture with the bull…what’s the big deal?  Federal Hall is where George Washington was sworn into office as the first president.

Federal Hall  Federal Hall
Elaine and Havilah :: Ben and Me

Federal Hall
Close-up of the girls in front of George Washington’s Statue

Federal Hall
“On this site in Federal Hall April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath as the first president of the United States of America.”

Federal Hall
The New York Stock Exchange

We stopped by St. Paul’s Chapel and the 9/11 Museum briefly.  The chapel was used as a relief center for rescue workers in 2011.  They had just closed, so we didn’t get to go inside.  I haven’t been able to visit the 9/11 Memorial yet, but we’re planning a visit there soon.  Though it is free, you have to have a ticket and they were out of day passes.

9-11 Museum
The Freedom Tower.  For a while it was lit up red, white, and blue at night.

City Hall Park

We also made a stop at City Hall Park.  It’s very lovely, especially with the fountain.  We just had to take a family photo!  Click here to see our last family picture at City Hall Park {taken on July 5, 2010}.  Elaine was all about the water.  First she wanted to throw a penny in, and then she wanted to fish it out again!  I also barely caught Nolan before he made a dive!

City Hall Park

City Hall Park
Havilah & Elaine looking at the money in the pool.

City Hall Park   City Hall Park
Both of my kiddos.  I couldn’t get Nolan to look – too mesmerized by the fountain!

City Hall Park

There are a bunch of gas lights at the park – it’s very quaint.  We were going to ride the Staten Island Ferry, but decided to forego it in favor of an earlier bed time {which was still late}.  And thanks to my friend Agnes, we all enjoyed free Mocha Frappes at McDonalds before heading home!

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