View Full Version : Visiting Ground Zero
09-20-2008, 07:04 AM
Dear NYC BBers--we are in your wonderful city celebrating DS's 21st birthday (hallelluyah!) He wanted to see a game at Yankee Stadium before it gets torn down, so here we are! Went to the game last night and going again today, so not much time to do anything else. BUT, the one must do on while we are here is to go pay our respects at Ground Zero. I haven't been to NYC since that awful day and need to know if 1) you can actually go down there, and 2) how do we get there? We will likely go after this afternoon's game, so we will be coming all the way from Yankee Stadium. TIA!
09-20-2008, 07:32 AM
What I usually do is take the 4 train to Grand Central and hop in a cab.
Please report back on your trip, Romandub. I've had it in the back of mind for years to pay respects there. If I ever get to NYC, I would definitely go there. I'm interested to hear what your experience is.
09-21-2008, 03:21 PM
i went there back in may and it was a big construction site - the tour/museum thing that they had was closed, and we only saw into the construction at all by walking over to the PATH station and peeking through a hole in a fence. you just saw a big pit. it was still really depressing...and then you can go to the church across the street that has some items from 9/11 and photos and stuff.
i was just in the area again on friday - you can take a subway (i think we took a 4) to fulton street to get pretty close walking distance away from ground zero.
09-21-2008, 07:54 PM
You can take the A, C and E trains too, to Chambers Street. Really, the best way of seeing anything is going down in the Path station and looking from there. It really is just a big construction site, but that does not seem to stop many tourists from paying their respects.
Not sure what street it is, but there is a church that has a cross made with beams from the WTC. The cross is outside, and you can see it when you come out from the subway station.
I will check tomorrow morning when I walk by.
09-21-2008, 08:04 PM
I stayed across from Ground Zero for one night while I was In NY last month... It is a pit in the ground still, a 24 hour construction site. I looked over from my room on the 17th floor and I have to say I was shaken. The church, which was next to mt hotel was almost too much. I stopped in, hoping for a quiet corner where I could bow my head, maybe light a candle. It is a shrine now, a museum almost. I started crying just looking at all the displays and had to leave.
09-21-2008, 08:23 PM
I went there inadvertently a few years ago. I was staying in Jersey City for business, and innocently took the PATH over to Manhattan. The train came up out of the tunnel & guess where we were?? It took my breath away. I know it looks like a bizarre construction site, but that was part of the allure and mystique.Wow.
09-22-2008, 07:36 AM
I went less than a year after 9/11. So I actually walked through the site - or whatever that viewing path thing was that I think they had to remove for construction purposes. It was one of the most moving things I have ever seen, and it definitely made me cry. I think it was really important for me to go there... and as sad as it was, I will never regret it. I am pretty sure the plywood wall that became a memorial was preserved and moved somewhere - maybe to that church.
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