North America,  Travel

World Trade Center & Wanderings

It’s been a while since the last New York post, but I still have a lot to write about!

Our original plan was to head to the Statue of Liberty, however because it was a Saturday and the weather was ridiculously good, the queue was insanely long. There was a beautiful sculpture in Battery Park showing a group of people from various countries arriving in the United States. The sculpture shows extreme mixed emotions, from the relief of finally stepping ashore, to the anxiety of facing the unknown.

We decided to skip SoL, but we managed to catch a dance show in Battery Park. It was really good, but I was a bit unnerved because the girl who was dancing was looking straight at me through my camera. Wasn’t sure whether she fancied me or wanted to punch me for recording her. XD

We ended up heading over to the World Trade Center.

I’m not sure how to describe how I felt when I visited. There was such a sense of sadness seeing all the families gathered around the two commemorative pools; leaving behind flowers and teddy bears. Yet, it was also peaceful, just watching the water flow and coming to terms with the tragedy that occurred there.

If you ever visit New York, you have to come here.

After WTC, we headed over to see the Flatiron Building.

Everything in New York is just so big. If you didn’t know, the Flatiron Building is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue.

Do you see how foreboding it looks? Just trying to take a picture was difficult because it was so huge, and the sun kept getting in my eye. Nevertheless, it is breathtaking – I still can’t get over how big everything is in NY, though. Supersize much, guys?

We spotted a Lego store and decided to wander around inside. I love Lego. We found the mini figures station and made our own, but because Lego is extortionately expensive we gave buying a miss. They also had an awesome sculpture of part of the SoL 🙂

After wandering around, we somehow how made it to Grand Central Station. It’s a beautiful station, but I will never understand why people take their wedding photos here. There’s a section where it’s all chandeliers and very fancy, so that’s understandable… but in the middle of the station with tons of people rushing past? No thanks. Each to their own, I guess.

Also, by pure chance, we found Midtown Comics, which is where Holly visited as well, and I had the most amount of fun in there choosing presents for my bf, who is a big fan of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here’s a bonus picture of Mutay looking up at the Empire State Building:

Until the next post… x



  • Michelle

    Beautiful photos! I don’t know if I’d visit the World Trade Center. I’d be overcome with emotion and too much sadness. I know that much. Glad you’re enjoying your time in NYC.

    • Chynna

      Thank you! I definitely get what you mean – but whilst you get sadness, there’s also some serenity too. But I totally understand why you wouldn’t want to visit.

  • Tara

    Thanks for sharing more of your NYC adventures, Chynna. I really loved seeing the World Trade Centre photos. It reminds me of 9/11 like something fierce. If I ever make it to NYC, I’ll definitely stop by there.

    The Lego store looks awesome! 😀 And the Flatiron building — I recognise it, haha! One of the many iconic buildings in NYC! As well as the Empire State Building 😀

    • Chynna

      Got one more post in the arsenal before my NY travel series concludes! I love all of NYC’s iconic building – it’s so breathtaking to see them in real life.

  • Cat

    Lovely photos! That’s too bad the lines were so long for the Statue of Liberty. I actually haven’t been to the World Trade Center after 9/11, even though I’ve been to NY many times after it. It’s something I should really get around to doing. When I was younger, I had visited the Twin Towers multiple times, so it’s always a sad reminder of what happened.

    I love Legos too! I always like seeing the large displays that people make with Legos. I’ve also always loved how the Flatiron building is triangular like that 🙂

  • Nancy

    It’s amazing how you have a lot to write about New York!!! Statues are great, they always tell a story behind the sculpture, like the one you have on the post. The dance looks pretty cool! The way they reformed the world trade center’s area is amazing. I always saw the triangular building in movies, I can’t imagine seeing it in person! It’s so cool how some Lego stores have its own unique masterpiece! The one at Disney had the Disney character in Lego form :D. Thanks for sharing!

  • Joy

    The more you post about NYC, the more amazed I am at how much you guys got to see. Most of the landmarks you visited, I never got to see in my 19 years of living there and visiting after. You really make NYC seem like a grand place. I have never pictured it this way. Love the pictures and descriptions!

    As a New Yorker, I couldn’t bear myself to go to the ground zero monument. When it happened, it had such impact on the city that it still gives me chills thinking about it. It really changed everyone. A lot of it in a good unifying way.

    • Chynna

      I’m pretty surprised at how much we covered as well! There’s definitely still more I’d love to see 🙂 Haha, I feel like that about London. When people gush about London, I’m just like “Whaaaaatevaaaaa”.

  • Holly

    The 9/11 memorial was on my New York bucket list and I’m so glad I visited. I couldn’t believe how emotional it was.

    I’m so glad you found Midtown Comics. I need to go back because I found a pack of pants in there that I should have bought!! I also bought a present for my bf from there. I just got him a tshirt that has the Midtown Comics logo on it.

    • Chynna

      It was very emotional. I never expected to be as emotional as I was. Damn.

      Definitely need to go back to Midtown Comics!

  • Raisa

    I haven’t visited New York since the new World Trade Center was built, but I’d love to visit soon ! Thank you for sharing your pictures. 😀

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