(Year 3) Day 141 – Sightseeing in New York – Day Three

November 6, 2012 – 9:40 pm 2 Comments

This is our 3rd day in the city and again, we have wonderful weather – it’s bright sunshine and very cold, the sort of winter weather we love.

Yesterday we tried to visit the 9/11 Memorial but it was still not open following Hurricane Sandy; the construction  site adjacent had flooded and the security process was compromised due to lack of power.

Today (Tuesday), we’ve looked on the website and it has reopened and, even better, you can queue and gain entrance, rather than have to get tickets beforehand. The 9/11 Memorial is a very symbolic and beautiful tribute to all the victims – we’ve been very impressed.  It has 2 pools set in the footprints of the original towers.  The pools have large waterfalls on all 4 sides, and the water cascades into a centre void.  The victims’ names are on the bronze walls around the perimeters of the pool.  A very moving, extremely profound Memorial – very beautiful.

We also had a visit to the Post Office today – what a magnificent building this is.  It has an amazing quote on the outside which reads as follows:-

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

This is apparently a quote from Herodotus and refers to the courier service of an ancient Persian Empire!


For a long time now I’ve been trying to imitate a New York accent and I am always saying “I’ll have a Pastrami on Rye” !!  You hear this all the time on TV, in films, and I’ve read it in many books, so it just had to happen.

Rog researched the best place in NYC to get a ‘pastrami on rye’ and off we went to Katz Deli on the Lower East Side- this is the best Deli in NYC since 1888 apparently ……!!!   Well, we weren’t disappointed, it was a wonderful experience – loved the area, loved the deli, loved the ambience, and really loved the pastrami – it melted in your mouth!  So much history in this place – they’ve survived 3 depressions, numerous recessions and 2 World Wars, since it opened in 1888 to serve the immigrants who crowded into this area on the Lower East side 100 years’ ago.   During World War II, the sons of the owners were all serving their country in the armed forces, and soon the owners were sending Salami to their sons and from this the slogan “Send A Salami To Your Boy In The Army” was born!  This is still operational today with a very busy mail order department!!   We even met the owner – now you can’t get any more special than that can you?!


Photos from Today:-


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2 Responses to “(Year 3) Day 141 – Sightseeing in New York – Day Three”

  1. Mum Says:

    That slideshow was very good,Pippa and those sandwiches
    made me laugh,couldn’t eat many of those without piling on
    the pounds could you?. was it bacon inside it?. take care xxxxxx

  2. ollie Says:

    Wow….a wall of salamis! The pastrami looked excellent….definitely moreish. The photos of the memorial were very moving. Still cannot quite believe what a horrendous act of terrorism that was…and the evil fanatics that orchestrated it. Don’t think anyone will ever forget where they were when they first heard about it. People always cite the JFK assassination as a referral point ( and yes i do remember that too!)…but you Dee were only 10 months old then…but that fades into insignificance after 9/11. Glad you are enjoying NY. I was there in 1980 & I swore I would never go back…the New Yorkers were so rude and unfriendly… but friends have since assured me that it is much better now…so who knows?

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