9/11 Memorial Site
Since last September, visitors to the 9/11 Memorial have been able to visit the original footprints of the twin towers where the names of nearly 3,000 men, women and children killed in the attacks are inscribed around the edges of the waterfalls. Although that’s powerful by itself, the artifacts, stories and multimedia displays that will tell the tales of loss and recovery in the official 9/11 Memorial Museum, scheduled to open in September, will be far more emotional.
About four kilometres away is one of North America’s most impressive urban renewal projects—a renovated elevated railway spur, a.k.a. the High Line. Since it opened as a walkway-cum-park in 2009, more than 2 million people have ambled through the red-brick bastions of New York’s meatpacking past. Straddling the Hudson River and Manhattan’s skyline, it’s a great spot to plop down on a bench, listen to buskers and enjoy a croissant and latte from nearby Le Pain Quotidien.
Statue of Liberty
While parts of the 125-year-old iconic statue, a gift from the French government, are undergoing a one-year, US$27.25-million reno, you can still take a boat over to Liberty Island. Once there, stroll around the 92-metre-high beacon of freedom or join a 45-minute tour offered by national park rangers. Ferry access from Battery Park is just a 10-minute walk away from the W Downtown.
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There’s much more lying beneath New York City’s concrete streets. Experience the six-course tasting menu at Michelin-starred pastry chef Rory Macdonald's Dessert Bar, tour the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or see Old City Hall Station, NYC's first subway stop.