Recently we took our oldest son to visit friends who live just across the river from New York City. Lori and I had been to NYC once before but was a very short visit. This time we know we wanted to see as much as we could. I took Zach to the Intrepid Air &Space Museum. It was an amazing exhibit that any boy who loves anything to do with planes or military will love.
We spent time in Central Park as well as Times Square, rode the Staten Island Ferry, which is a great, and free, way to see the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan.
Most importantly for us, we took him to World Trade Center.
I still remember where I was and what I was doing on 9/11, but to talk with people who lived right near it, you can hear the sadness in their voices as theu discuss it. We talked with Zach about what happened and explained as best we could to him why as well. He was very interested and had lots of questions. We showed him the memorial pools and the names, as well as the Survivor Tree. We also took him up the new World Trade Center Tower, and thanks to our friend Blaine, we got an amazing view from his office on the 52nd floor as well as the 64th.
I’ve been lucky to visit many cities throughout the world but very few compare to New York City.