July 2013 Trip to New York: New York City Day 1

On our first day we ventured out towards the WTC area including the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial after we had some good breakfast at the hotel. We took a quick subway ride to get closer and then walked the final few steps. The view of the Freedom Tower which had reached its final height of 1,776 ft was very impressive.

While it was a little misty while we approached the area heavy rain started to pour down when we just reached the Hilton Millennium right next to the 9/11 Memorial. So we took some shelter there for a while before heading back outside. We encircled the area where the two towers had collapsed before deciding to enter the 9/11 Memorial.

I think the area is thoughtfully landscaped with the two pools called Reflection of Absence including the names of the victims of 9/11 and the bombing in the 90s. While we walked around, breathing the atmosphere, it rained a whole lot. Somehow fitting. Since we only had one umbrella we got soaking wet as time went by and zillions of gallons of water poured down.

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Freedom Tower

After visiting the small museum as well we took another quick subway ride towards the High Line Park which we hadn’t visited yet. We walked up and down a bit, well, almost the whole length of it. It’s a beautiful park and we enjoyed it much.

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High Line

We found some interesting parking structure right next to the park. I am not quite sure how this works?

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Parking structure near High Line

As you can see there were some more periods of rain. It stopped, started again, stopped, started again, …

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High Line

After enjoying a nice stroll around this beautiful High Line Park we then got on to the area around Times Square. After walking around quite a bit we started to get hungry and decided it was time for dinner, so we went to the Ruby Tuesday there.

I had the BBQ ribs with french fries, broccoli, and the salad bar, while Karin decided to have the grilled salmon with mashed potatoes and zucchini. For reasons not known she did not add the salad bar.

I went twice to the salad bar returning both times with similar looking plates. I usually take light ranch dressing for my salad. So I did this time, too.

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Salad

I also found some summer special on the menu, the star-spangled rita, which I ordered as well. Not only did it look good, it was also quite good. I mean, I really love strawberry flavored margarita, but this one was also quite good.

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Star-Spangled Rita

Then our entrees were served. Yummy! The ribs were as I am used to when going to some Ruby Tuesday restaurant. I like the flavor of the BBQ sauce and the meat was oh-so tender! It just literally fell of the bone.

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BBQ Ribs with fries and broccoli

Karin also liked her salmon very much. Yeah, I would eat it too, if it weren’t a bit too small for my taste.

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Grilled salmon with mashed potatoes and zucchini

Just a week before our trip to New York was my birthday and Ruby Tuesday sent me some nice coupon per e-mail. It was good for a couple of cupcakes which I gladly ordered. It was the very first time that I was able to use such an offer. It was the first time because usually we only travel during early spring or early fall, but not in early summer. Well, of course, the cupcakes very, very sweet, but I enjoyed them. Heck, they were complimentary 😉

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A pair of cupcakes

After some great dinner we took a subway ride back to our hotel. Near our hotel was a Chipotle where we had a couple final margaritas for the day before we went to our room for a good night’s sleep.

That was our first day in New York City during our this year’s summer trip.

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