How is everyone doing? I had worked on this video as soon as I came home from NYC and finished it Saturday afternoon. Due to the snow we got, my internet was running slower than usual and I could not upload this video. I must’ve tried 10 times, but luckily on the 11th try, it finally uploaded. I love Vimeo! They have to approve all videos and they have always approved mine, so I’m very happy to share this video with all of you.
My trip to NYC Friday was a lot of fun! Even though we walked a lot of city blocks, it was a good memory for all of us. It was good we went on the day we did go because the freak winter snow that fell upon the East Coast the next day!
In the video, you’ll see our cab driver. He was the nicest cab driver I’ve ever met because he was super friendly. He said he was from India, but was born in Denmark. It was interesting what he said about his passengers and all the stories he told about NYC. For a majority of the time, I felt like I was in the show “The Amazing Race” because we were racing other taxi cabs and we were swirving and darting in and out! The second cab driver told us how he was up washing windows of a building (not the Twin Towers) and saw the planes crash into both buildings. He said his boss told them to get down and go home. His story was incredible.
I’ve been to NYC many times, but I filmed this video for my friends and readers who have never been to NYC before. It was a Friday night, so we saw a lot of people later on running around in costumes going to parties.
Our time at the Memorial was very nice and somber. When you enter it, it’s not a sad feeling until you see the massive square hole of where the towers use to stand than you understand how truly big the castastrophy was. I didn’t see anyone cry, it was more of a quiet and reflective mood I sensed from everyone. When you run your hands over the names of the people, it’s sad to know they once had dreams and hopes too. The feel of the stone where all the names are carved out is incredibly smooth and cool to the touch. You’ll notice I filmed a name of Michael Horrocks. He was one of the pilots of the second plane that crashed into the twin towers. We know his family. I know his cousin very well. It was a surprise to find his name so quickly.
I was happy to see the “Survivor Tree” standing tall and flourishing. She is a beauty! There are many seats to sit down on to reflect. There is still a lot of construction going on and you can hear it the entire time you are there. The first scene you see is the Freedom Tower. The tower being built is gorgeous and so mighty looking- I couldn’t stop filming it! I love designs of buildings and you’ll see a lot of that in my video. The one scene with what looks like a fallen twin tower is part of the museum being constructed that will open up in 2012. I filmed a part of the structure that held the towers up in the museum through the glass. As we looked at it, it was amazing how they just snapped in half like toothpicks, yet they are made of strong metal.
Finally, towards the end of the day, we stopped by a flowershop on 39th Street. I love flowers and my mom bought herself a bouquet to take home. It was a fun filled day and we did a lot and ate at a great Brazilian restauant.
Overall, I feel good and I’m glad I finally paid my respects. If you get a chance, go down to the new park. You won’t regret it and for someone who has had a hard time going to Ground Zero for 10 years, you’ll be glad you did. It’s a feeling of hope, reflection and serenity when you enter the park.
Have a great day everyone! Thanks for being so patient waiting for this video.