18.06.2010 - 18.06.2010 29 °C
New York, New York!
Well just as a first note I hear the weather back home is pretty terrible. It couldn't feel more hot here right now. I'm having to pop into banks for fleeting moments to make use of the air conditioning.
I hit the road early today with a plan to explore Lower Manhattan. I'm staying on Long Island (home of the famous Long Island Ice Tea) and while it would normally cost up to $10 each way to get into Manhattan my Dad's other cousin was employed by the Long Island Rail Road and has numerous passes for travel, one of which I'm using.
I made my way down from Chamber St towards thw World Trade Centre site. The site is in a state of re-construction at the moment, but surprisingly little of the 'Freedom Tower' has been built in the nine years since 2001. As I was walking towards the site I spotted a small podium set up in a square overlooking Ground Zero. I went to investigate and the seal on the podium read United States Senate, so I assumed someone important must be on their way. I waited for a short while and low and behold a number of people did arrive. First 'the backdrop' arrived , the people who stood in a semi-circle behind the podium, followed by US Senator Gillibrand (who took Hillary Clinton's seat) and US Representative Maloney. They were there to talk about federal funding of healtcare for victims and rescue workers of 9/11. I couldn't gather any of this from anything I heard, simply because the noise of the site made it impossible to hear anything. I only any of this because I was since a press briefing by one of the Senator's staffers - presumably like the Russian in Bar Harbor, she also thought I worked for the BBC.
Well anyway, I soon moved on and I followed the shoreline through Battery Park, which was blissfully cool in the shade, and stopped occasionally to watch the Red Bull Air Race that is currently set up on the Hudson River. On my wander around the Manhattan's southern tip I made visits to the New York Stock Exchange on Wall St and the Federal Building where George Washington first took the oath as President.
The day culminated with a visit to the South Street Seaport. My plan to walk across Brooklyn Bridge is going to have to be done another day as I didn't have the time to fit it in.
I need a cold drink ...