A whirlwind weekend in NYC, all thanks to a Christmas present of tickets to see the Broadway production of “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.  The show surpassed my expectations, as did the entire weekend.  Unbeknownst to us, our hotel was located in the heart of one of the largest festivals – the 91st annual Feast of San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, Italy.  We had the smells, sounds, and tastes of Italy all outside our doorstep in the heart of Little Italy.  We took in many of the standard sites in the City, but also included some unique items.  An AIA architectural cruise around Manhattan Island gave a new perspective of the buildings and the history of the area; a trip to the Tenement Museum and to the Transit Museum helped give additional historical perspective; a meander through a huge street fair in Brooklyn was filled with wonderful food and beverages.  But amidst all the hustle and bustle of crowds and noise, we found a reverent quiet at the 911 Memorial and One World Trade Center.  It was a hot evening as the sun was setting, but the light illuminated the surrounding buildings with a distinctive glow.  The importance of this place and the glowing colors seemed to create a hush causing everyone to pause, reflect, and remember.

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Reflection of sky One World Trade Center 8325_StaatsWe’ve just returned from a quick weekend trip to New York City, my first time in the Big Apple.  So much to see and do, as well as to revel in the atmosphere and festivities of the Christmas holidays.  Thanks to the experience and knowledge of our family guide, we covered much ground and got a true taste of the different boroughs and much of what makes the city so unique.  The architecture of the city amazed me with its blend of new and old, so often within the very same block.  Our trip included a stop at the 9/11 Memorial – a reflective and moving tribute to those that died at the site.  The new One World Trade Center Building rises above in a fitting tribute, and on this late afternoon, it soared into the sky reflecting the blue and the surrounding clouds.