I was in the city this past weekend as it's become an annual traditional to stay in Manhattan the last week of August as part of our anniversary. Saturday night we hung out at the rooftop deck of my parents building (the 46th floor) and we noticed a new park popped up a few blocks south. We had to check it out the next day....
It was pretty humid, but sitting at this water fountain was quite comfortable and refreshing. I really wanted to take my shoes off and just jump in.
One of our spots to eat in Hell's Kitchen is Island Burgers & Shakes. Pictured is "The People's Choice" and really, all I need are mushrooms, cheese, onions, and lots and lots of pickles. Just look at that blanket of Swiss cheese! Don't go if you're claustrophobic as it's a tight space so get cozy with your neighbor.
We went downtown to visit the 9/11 Memorial. It was my first time there with it being finished. I got to see The Freedom Tower up close and it's tall. Really, really tall. Almost TOO tall. Do we need a building this tall? Does any building need to be this tall?
It was nice to see the memorial in person. So much bigger than it appears on TV but then again, so were the buildings that once stood there. I have moved on since "9/11" , not that I don't care, but it doesn't stir emotions like it used to.
There was one instance where we sat down off to the side and it was kind of quiet. Something just came over me and I started to cry. I have not cried over what happened in years. Meanwhile, people were posing and taking selfies in front of the memorial, not sure how I feel about that, but the sadness came back again for me, just for a couple of minutes.
Overall it was a nice, chill weekend with a lot of time spent outside and walking around the city. We'll be back again next month but it was a much needed couple of days away. I have a lot of work to do this week!