Today we headed into the city and caught our tour bus to the World Trade Center memorial site. It was really busy, lots of tourists and building going on. They are replacing the twin towers , withnthe One World Trade Center (1 World Trade Center, 1 WTC, formerly known as Freedom Tower). It is the primary building of the new World Trade Center complex in New York City's Lower Manhattan. The 104-story supertall skyscraper occupies the location of what used to be the original World Trade Center.
On May 10, 2013, the final component of the antenna was installed atop the skyscraper, making One World Trade Center the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world by pinnacle height, with its antenna reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet (541 m) in reference to the year of the United States Declaration of Independence. It has been the tallest building in New York City since April 30, 2012, when its height surpassed the Empire State Building. The locals are really proud if the building and what it represents.. Everywhere you look in America there are American flags, they are very patriotic.
From there we went to the Rockerfeller centre to do the 'Top of the Rock'. This gives you superb 360 degree city views including the Empire State Building. It is 70 floors high and has 3 viewing decks. It was a great view, you could really appreciate the city size as well as how big Central Park was in the midst of it all. This attraction wasn't too busy and was well worth doing.
After this we hit the 9 storey Macy's store. Whilst it was lovely, they seemed to be doing major work on every floor so it was a bit of a mess. I purchased some New York Yankee perfume which was nice. We had lunch at McDonald's in Macy's, I tried the quarter pounder deluxe with lettuce and tomato, the bun was much nicer than we get in Australia.
Once our energy was replenished the 4 story Victoria's Secret was next, several purchases made here also!
Next was the must do Empire State Building. This was really busy, the security to get in to any of the attractions was very tight. It was one of those things you had to do but we felt the rockerfeller centre was better.
We learnt our lesson from last night and purchased salads and sushi to take home for dinner and a quiet night in. The night concluded with New York cheesecake and a few more Budweisers!