I was a surprised that there were only few people / tourists on the streets of New York City on July 4th. It’s not the scene of New York that I am used to. A friend and I walked around Tribeca and other touristy spots but we were relieved to see only few people around. I thought there was going to be like a big celebration around the city, knowing how patriotic Americans are or can be, but I was disappointed. It was my first 4th Day of July and I didn’t see any action. 😀
I reckon that the rich went to their vacation houses / mansions in the Hampton’s while those who can’t afford and got limited time went to Coney Island for some beach and family time. Or perhaps, they’re strolling around and lazying down at Central Park.
Anyway, after we checked out Coney Island, we walked around downtown Manhattan with less crowd, on our way to . Here’s the view of its facade in different angles from near and afar.
The One World Trade Center measures 1,776 feet.
And guess what! The US Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776! Deliberate or coincidence?
It has 104 floors!
It is currently the highest structure in the Western Hemisphere.
And the 4th highest tower in the world.
The structure has many names: One WTC, Freedom Tower, 1 World Trade Center and 1 WTC.
Right next to the tower is the newly-opened 911 Memorial and Museum.
Later in the evening, we watched a firework show on the East side of Wall Street but was disappointed. The crowd was only allowed to be on a designated street where the view was mostly blocked by apartment buildings. We left early before everyone would cram the nearest subway.
On my next post, I’ll bring you to the top of the One World Trade Center.