2. Grieving in a good way
It’s almost inconsolably sad, but to show her how much you love her, you’ll have to share New York’s grief by paying homage to what they used to call Ground Zero.
We’d recommend a thoughtful wander around what is now the September 11 Memorial & Museum, tuning in to the quietly told stories from the volunteer guides. They’ll begin spontaneously whenever a small crowd gathers around the wreckage of the fire truck that belonged to the New York Fire Department’s Ladder Company 3, the tender manned by the first fire crew on the scene. Or as you pause by the relocated and preserved Survivors Staircase via which hundreds of office workers made their escape on the fateful day.
That would demonstrate a proper level of respect. And be more appropriate than insisting on a selfie against the background of a mangled girder (oh yes, I’m afraid there are those who do).
On the way in or out, you might want to think about it all as you gaze into the dark reflective pools that occupy the actual footprints of the vanished towers before moving your gaze upwards to the more hopeful dove of a building created by architect Santiago Calatrave as a new transport hub.
3. A free ride
On the subject of transport (and, as it happens, 9/11), how about a romantic cruise? For nothing. Yes, you heard that right. Nothing, Zilch, Free.
Not just a free trip but arguably one of the beautiful Big Apple’s best free views too. They even thank you for riding it.
This, folks, is the Staten Island Ferry. It carries about 70,000 well behaved commuters and tourists like us to and fro between the five miles of New York Bay that separate this NY Cinderella (disgruntled locals call it the forgotten borough) and Lower Manhattan.
The island, historically part of Richmond County, also has the dubious pleasure of being home to the world’s biggest waste dump. It was closed back in 2001, reopened to bury debris from 9/11 and is now earmarked for landscaping as a pretender to Central Park.
On a brighter note, the stars of the show are great views of the shining, soaring, ‘scrapers of Manhattan’s finance district, Ellis Island and, saving you the trouble (and, we think, relative disappointment) of queuing to climb it, the Statue of Liberty. All for $0 instead of the $200+ for a seat in the choppers that incessantly buzz the scene.