New York: Day Three

Welcome to day three of my trip to New York!

We started our day by grabbing our morning coffee from the hotel lobby.

We were heading to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum so decided the quickest and cheapest way to get there was to use the subway. I didn’t manage to ride the subway on my last visit so it was another thing to tick off my checklist!

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We came out on Church Street which is a very short walk away from the 9/11 memorial. My mum was 13 when she last came to New York and had a very vivid memory of standing beneath the World Trade Centre staring up towards the top of the twin towers.

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The museum itself was a strange experience. I am glad that I visited it but overall it was a bit too much for me. There were sections in the museum that were incredibly immersive. The part that affected me the most was when I picked up one of the many telephones hanging from a wall to listen to the last phone calls from passengers on the planes heading towards the World Trade Centre. I felt as though I was listening in on something that I shouldn’t be listening to.

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We spent a good few hours in the museum and when we finished we walked over towards the oldest Church building in Manhattan which had miraculously managed to avoid any damage from the Septemeber 11th attacks despite it’s close proximity to the Twin Towers.

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St Paul’s Chapel, also known as ‘The Little Chapel That Stood’ was used as a place of refuge during and after the attacks.

Feeling a bit deflated from the experience, we headed back to the hotel for a nap.

That evening we decided to queue up for dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. It’s a 50s themed diner split across two levels where you get to watch (and be served by) broadway stars who are either up and coming or in between jobs.

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The queue was quite long and it was freezing. I had read reviews about people waiting in line for an hour. Was it really worth the wait?

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Yes. Yes it was. This was one of the highlights of the entire trip and I was blown away by how talented they were. The food was also great. Their menu also includes gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

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Before we called it a day, we headed back to Times Square. We stopped in at the Disney Store and bought an NYC Mickey Mouse Tsum Tsum. You don’t realise how hard it was to not buy the entire shop!

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Check out my other New York blog posts:

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