After visiting the World Trade Center, we walked all over Lower Manhattan in New York City. A couple of blocks from St. Paul’s Church is Trinity Church. This is the one featured in a recent Hollywood blockbuster film. Interestingly enough, the original was built in 1697 then destroyed in the Great Fire in 1776, the second church was built in 1790 and later damaged by a heavy snow storm in 1838 and later demolished to build the one standing today and dedicated in 1846. It is still an active parish with regular services and community outreach.
A brief history of Trinity Church.
Trinity Church is currently undergoing some structural reconditioning.
Trinity is the burial place of Alexander Hamilton, his wife and her family, and many other people from the time of the Revolutionary War.
A few blocks south of Trinity Church is the Bull of Wall Street, although it seems that it’s on Hollywood Boulevard and not Wall Street. It’s also nearly always heavily occupied by tourists that want their photo with different parts of the bull. Go figure, right?
Just around the corner from the Bull is the old Custom House which is now the Native American Cultural Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute.
Across the street is Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty. It was amazing and awesome to see Lady Liberty.
Coming out of the subway in another part of the city, the first building I saw was this one, that looks like it has a helipad next to the penthouse suite.
Just down the street is the Empire State Building.
Another subway ride away is Times Square.
The saxaphone player on the left was jamming out some hot jazz, so we stopped there for a while to listen. It’s crazy how many people are in Times Square. It reminded me of the crowds in Zion Narrows.
Looking for a place to enjoy lunch, we found Bryant Park. It has a nice pavilion for concerts, several cafes and a great view of the City Library.
Somewhere along the way near Central Park I found one of the oldest operating Jewish Synagogue in the country.
I had a great time in New York, but this was just a stop over point to Paris and Normandy.