New-York D2 – Brooklyn, WTC Ground Zero, Empire State Building : Still bluffed by the atmosphere of this megalopolis

For this second day of exploration of the city, we choose to start in Brooklyn.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryLong weekend in New York
2LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, Londres Heathrow T5
3FlightBritish Airways First, Londres Heathrow – New-York JFK, Boeing 777-200
4HotelThe New-York EDITION, Loft Suite
5DiaryNew-York J1, Midtown
6RestaurantRestaurant Daniel, New-York
7DiaryNew-York J2, Brooklyn
8DiaryNew-York J3, Soho
9DiaryNew-York J4, Central Park
10LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, New-York JFK T7
11FlightBritish Airways First Suite, New-York JFK – Londres Heathrow, Boeing 777-300
Today’s itinerary

Brooklyn Bridge

To reach the Brooklyn Bridge, the way is very simple from the EDITION hotel. Just take the 4/5/6 Southbound subway, and get off at the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station.

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The weather is beautiful and it will take us about 20 minutes to reach the other side.

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We’ll walk down from the bridge to enjoy the view towards Manhattan, then meet up with one of my friends along the river and have lunch together at the newly opened Timeout Market.

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World Trade Center Memorial

After enjoying the beautiful view towards Manhattan, we take the Brooklyn Bridge in the opposite direction to return to Lower Manhattan, then walk to the World Trade Center. We will explore the Oculus, the work of architect Calatrava, which serves as both a major mall and a multi-modal center in place of the World Trade Center station destroyed by the 9/11 attacks.

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The two perpetual fountains located in place of the two original ones always fill you with a great emotion.

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Empire State Building

After this passage in front of the WTC memorial, we decide to go back to Midtown to visit the Empire State Building, located very close to our hotel. Be prepared to max out your credit card, as admission is over $70 per person including tax. Yes yes, just to take an elevator.

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Certainly it is one of the iconic buildings of the city, but one would choke for less.

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The limited number of visitors allowed us to enjoy it and to take some nice pictures. The weather could have been clearer, but that’s how it is…

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Dinner at One World Trade Center

We end the day with dinner at the One World Observatory, the observatory located on the 121st floor of One World Trade Center, the tower built near the site of the former twin towers.

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And what a disappointment! We are very far from the iconic Windows on the World, a gourmet restaurant located in the old south tower. There it will be bistro cuisine, and at a prohibitive price. What a sadness…

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The old Windows on the World, in the former WTC.
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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