The skyscraper is being built according to a revised design released in June 2005. The new design has essential elements of the original plan ~ soaring 1,776 feet into the sky, its illuminated mast shows the Statue of Liberty's torch ~ but features a smaller, cubic base than originally set. Plus it is set back further from West Street to protect the building against future attacks. It will be the tallest building in the United States.
This is a picture of what the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will look like. The Memorial will be located at the World Trade Center site, on the former location of the Twin Towers, destroyed during the September 11th attacks in 2001. The design includes a forest of trees with two square pools in the center, where the Twin Towers once stood. It was a bittersweet experience being there on the 4th of July. The day we are celebrating our Independence we were staring at ground zero where thousands of people died in our "free country".
I think everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing on that morning. Matt had just returned from his mission in New Jersey a month earlier and was at home with his parents. I was sleeping at my apartment I shared with a friend when her mom called and woke us up to turn on the TV. My friend and I just sat there and cried watching the second plane hit. We were attending College at that time and we had the same class that morning. I just remember our teacher refusing to talk about the attacks and continuing on with the original lesson. I think we walked out half way through the class.
Getting back to our trip, we ate then headed to Battery Park. We wanted to try to get a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. KEY word being TRY... the lines were SO long that we decided we would just be happy with seeing it from the park. It was a very muggy and humid day so as you can see the view was not the best...
The Positive Brothers and wouldn't you know they had me as part of the show. We have lots of funny video's from the performance. They were very positive and very funny, but that is a WHOLE NATHA' post...
After the show we headed to THE PATH (port authority trans-hudson) to see New Jersey. It is amazing the ways people are able to travel in NYC. The subways make living anywhere SO easy, and PATH and other underwater tunnels make getting back and forth REAL easy. Anywho... we took the PATH train into Hoboken, NJ. We walked down the street and around the corner and guess what we saw...
CARLO'S BAKE SHOP!!
Ohhhhh, can you believe it... yeah... FRESH~GOODNESS at it's best!!
As we walked we looked down the street towards NYC and we could see the Empire State Building. So here is the view from NJ of it!
But they were OH SO GOOD.
It was just as humid as NY so the ICEE POP was a REAL TREAT for me!
We were walked and walked and walked and walked again and came across a cute little water/play park.
We saw this little boat and swung on the swings and started missing the kids.
interesting little fact... The tunnel is one of the earliest examples of a mechanically ventilated design. 84 fans, in four ventilation buildings, create a floor to ceiling air flow across the roadway at regular intervals, via systems of ducts beneath and above the roadway. The fans can completely change the air inside the tunnel every 90 seconds. A forced ventilation system is essential because of the poisonous carbon monoxide component of automobile exhaust. We hit up BOSTON MARKET in NYC for dinner then walked towards the Hudson to see the Fireworks show...
AND THAT was the end of that VERY BUSY, VERY LOOOOONG Day!!!