United States of America · 4 Days · 16 Moments · July 2018

Day 8 New York City Thursday July 26, 2018

28 July 2018

18,000 Steps 8.39 Miles 🤸🏻‍♀️

25 July 2018

Last subway ride of the day. Exhausted!
Outside of Joanne Trattoria owned by Lady Gaga’s parents. The restaurant is named after her aunt, Joanne, who died of Lupus prior to her birth. Jacob & I ate here when we came in March 2017 & we both loved it. App: Fried calamari & hot peppers Salad: Caesar Me: Spaghetti & large meatball Jacob: Scallops & cream linguini Dad: Chicken Parm Mom: Salad No Dessert! Stuffed! 😂
Took mom & Dad to 30 Rock, Radio City, & Fox News building. #realnews Dad has a former student who works in the Fox News Building.
Yes... this is the escalator. Cue #micdrop
Can’t do NYC without a trip to the tower! Just think in a few years you will get to tour his Penthouse!
When you go to historic sites most of the time the NPS has pamphlets, guides, handouts, etc. Federal Hall has my favorite handout. It gives history of different rooms, things to look for, facts, and more. Federal Hall is quite appealing from the outside but needs work on the inside. By work, I mean more artifacts. The bottom floor is massive and has nothing but a bathroom, even the water fountains don’t work. In the pictures you will see my father holding a sign that reads: This Place Matters. Next to the sign it asks you to take some pictures and post on them on social media using the #thisplacematters. So of course we did that! My parents weren’t pleased with the Museum so they spoke with a NPS Park Ranger. The ranger said the money is there but not much has been done. My mother said she will write a letter, to whom I’m not sure but I’m going to hold her to it!
This is the Bible that George Washington placed his hand on when he took the oath! Jimmy Carter used the same Bible! 😳 Then I got a call from George. I couldn’t get a word in... very similar to the Storm Stella interview. 😏 In one of the pictures you will see Jacob using his umbrella to point out a crack. There are two massive cracks in the door frames that happened when the WTC fell on September 11, 2001.
Federal Hall! This is where George Washington took the oath as our First President, April 30, 1789! Of course the original building burned but so has most everything in the US. 🙄
And Alexander Hamilton! Eliza and their son Phillip are also buried in Trinity Church.
On our was to Federal Hall I spotted the Trinity Church and knew Alexander Hamilton was laid to rest here! Here is Angelica Schuyler’s grave. She was Eliza’s sister & Alexander’s Sister in-law.
On our walk to Federal Hall we had my mom take a picture in front of this mural reading: Dedicated to those who fell and to those who carry on”. My dog found a 🌭 stand. He wanted a NYC pretzel but I had our meals planned so he was never able to squeeze one in... Guess that means another trip soon!
The Freedom Tower (One Word Trade Center) is the building behind my father.
A few pictures of us while waiting for my parents outside the 9/11 Memorial Museum. I sent my sister, Kelsie, a text asking her for food suggestions downtown. She suggested the Brookfield Place. It was basically a mall food court but with delicious options. No Taco Bell or McDonald’s here! I ordered King Pao Chicken Dumplings and a Beef and Broccoli rice bowl. Jacob asked a local that suggested a brisket sandwich that Jacob took down like a champ. Stating it was the best brisket he had ever had. My mother didn’t order so I shared with her and my father held out of an authentic New York City 🌭. Since it’s NYC you can find a few Sprinkles Cupcakes locations so we had to get some. #wheninrome Jacob went for the Black & White & I order 2 minis: Cuban Coffee and Double Chocolate. My mother ordered a vanilla milk chocolate.
Third time at the 9/11 Memorial Museum! Still brings tears to my eyes.
First morning in NYC and it’s drizzling one!