NYC. Big Apple. City that never sleeps. Center of the Universe!? You may call it as you like. I like calling it cradle of stock market. NY is where BIG MONEY are made.
So visiting NY and missing Wall street (most watched financial exchange in the world)?!-no way. We reserved our tour online still being in Nairobi. Actually all walking tours require reservations in advance (so credit card information is required). With NY Pass reservation is free but in case you fail to show for the tour you will be billed.
Once our reservation was confirmed we were given a meeting spot at Wall Street. And we couldn't wait the tour to start.
At the beginning of all walking tours guides ask every visitor where is he or she from. And every time we heard: 'So you are from Ukraine. So it's not cold for you'. We didn't specified that we actually came from Kenya, so we ARE REALLY COLD. Anyway, all the tour that we have taken were worth being cold. And another thing I liked is you are most likely to be givel personal headset to follow guide's information.
If you are attentive you may have notices small toys on the window. No, that's not a small kinder
We were told that it is considered to be a good luck to touch the balls of the Wall Street Bull (which is Wall Street's symbol). We hope touching these balls will bring more money into our family's budjet
After Wall Street we continued to 9/11 MEMORIAL.
NY Pass does not grant visitor's access to the 9/11 Memorial, that is why you should take Wall Street tour+Ground Zero (if included) or just reserve your FREE visitor pass online on an official site 911memorial.org/visit
Reseration wouldn't be a problem. What could be a problem is a qeue outside. It can be really long so my advice: make sure to come in the morning (time that you can spend inside the Memorial is unlimited or wear warm clothes if you are travelling during cold monthes).
The original World Trade Center was a commercial complex built between 1966 and 1987. It contained 7 buildings, a large plaza, and an underground shopping mall. On February 26, 1993, terrorist detonated explosives in the garage underneath the WTC. 6 people were killed and thousand injured. On 9/11, the entire complex was destroyed.The centerpieces of the complex were the Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in NYC. Both had 110 floors. The complex even had its own zip code.
The 9/11 Memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. It consists of two pools set in the footprints of the original Twin Towers.This are where the towers used to stand. The name of the victims are inscribed around the pool.
On Panel S-68 one can notice the name Todd M. Beamer, that is more polished than others. Todd Morgan Beamer (1968 – 9/11.2001) was a passenger aboard Flight 63 which was hijacked as part of the 9/11 attacks. He was one of the passengers who attempted to foil the hijacking and reclaim the aircraft, which crashed into a field near Pennsylvania. After Flight 63 was hijacked, Beamer and other passengers communicated with people on the ground via airphones and cell phones, and learned that the WTC and the Pentagon had been attacked using hijacked airplanes. So passengers "jumped on" the hijackers and flew the plane into the ground before the hijackers' plan could be followed through.
Todd Beamer communicated with customer-service operator and told her what were happening on the plane and when they decided to stop the hijackers the last thing the operator heard were final words: "Are you guys ready? okay, let's roll"
"Let's roll" is a catchphrase that has been used extensively as a term to move and start an activity, attack, mission or project. After the 9/11 attacks, the phrase, has come to symbolize heroism, self-sacrifize and initiative in a tough situation.
This Callery pear tree is known as the "Survivor Tree". This tree was planted on the original World Trade Center plaza in the 1970s. After 9/11. workers found the damaged tree in the wreckage at Groun Zero. The tree was nursed back to NYC park. True to its name it survived severe storms in March 2010, hurricane Sandy in 2012. The tree returned to the WTC site in December 2010. It embodies the story of survival and resiience that is so important to the history of 9/11.
Now Construction continues on the surrounding World Trade Center projects.The fully redevelopped WTC will include the Memorial and Museum, commercial office space and connections to public transport. 1 World Trade Center beyond the north pool will be the tallest building in the United States.