Hi From New York City - Portion 3 - Crossing The Brooklyn Bridge, Discovering Downtown Manhattan

We got going at around noon and hopped off the subway just before the Brooklyn Bridg... What a whole day we had recently. We had a delightful breakfast in our bed and breakfast at about 8:30 am and shared some wonderful conversations with a couple from Sweden and an older couple from Holland, the hostess was participating as-well. That is certainly one of my favorite reasons for bed and breakfasts, generally they provide actually delicious filling foods and a good talk to go with it. We got going at around noon and hopped off the subway right before the Brooklyn Bridge and finished up exploring the old Brooklyn Heights community somewhat, a place with several well-preserved brownstones and expensive apartment houses with a great view of downtown Manhattan. Then we started our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and started to soak in the vistas of the famous skyscrapers. The Manhattan Bridge is extremely close to the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building is seen on the horizon. A great deal of riders and walkers were making the trekk over the bridge and the weather was fairly decent, sunny with about 1-6 degrees Celsius. After the bridge we arrived at NYC City Hall which was blocked off to pedestrian traffic and there was a big congregation of press people on the front steps. Dig up more about http://brainbank.sl.ac.th/brainbank/index.php?title=NettyBurris952 by browsing our stylish web page. With the blue sky, the trees and the surrounding architectural arrangements and plenty of individuals were sitting around the beautiful fountain just outside of city hall it was just the great place to break away with the-camera. I especially fell deeply in love with the spires of the Woolworth Building. Then we headed more west, explored the yard of St. Paul's Cathedral which is right across from the World Trade Center location. As a first place of refuge after the disaster, the churchyard has several plaques commemorating the events of 911 and it took over 2 years to clear all the dirt from the property that had fallen down with the failure of the structures. We then proceeded to Ground Zero. The place is fenced off with numerous posters showing the events of 911, the history of the structures, and the names of the more than 2700 subjects. The loss of 9-11 is quite hard-to grasp and when you're immediately where it happened, you remember most of the horrible images and the even more horrible events of the fateful day, now more than 3-1/2 years ago. It is so very hard to imagine these 2 huge buildings collapsing, surrounded on all sides by other highrise systems, and what it will need to have been like this time, with people working through the streets, debris raining down, rescue workers risking their lives to help the patients. Law enforcement pres-ence, incidentally, was very good and we were not certain if there was a particular reason for that or if that was the case every day. After reflecting for a time and absorbing the incomprehensible nature of that loss we walked south on Liberty Street in-to Battery Park. A great deal of African entrepreneurs were around with bags and bags full of merchandise and it appears they were careful to not be observed by the police. We'd a beautiful view across the bay towards the statue of liberty and proceeded to our next destination - the Staten Island Ferry terminal, where our next adventure began... For the entire report including photographs please visit http://www.travelandtransitions.com/stories_photos/hello_nyc_3.htm.