This morning started off a little reflective. We started at the Ground Zero of the World Trade Centre. Walking around the massive fountains that have replaced the buildings the air is heavy. On each of the massive fountains the names of those who perished on that fateful day in 2001. This is a place for reflection, for healing, and for mourning.
Next to the memorial fountains is a newly created museum for the World Trade Centres. It is a curious place because they hold tributes to all the people who died in the terrorist attacks, as well as try to educate people about the attacks. There is so much content within the museum that it becomes tedious. Maybe it’s because I was so young when the attacks happened, maybe it’s because I’m Australian and geographically I’m so distanced from any terrorist attack, but I feel disconnected from these attacks. I can reflect and understand that this was a horrible day for humanity and was a gross and deliberate attack on the world. But I can reflect on this with or without the use of this museum. This is a place for education, tribute, and recovery.
To perk up our day we wandered around Wall Street and then over the East River via the sprawling and impressive Brooklyn Bridge. The thing about wandering over the Brooklyn Bridge is that there is only one path over and back, as well as this you have to share the path with bike riders and venders. It’s little congested but the views are well worth the hike.
On the other side of the East River is a suburb called Dumbo. This area is traditionally a historic one. I suspect that it was an old dock yard (not much wifi means not much research). You can get some very nice shots of lower Manhattan from Dumbo. We spent maybe an hour or two wandering around. We had to leave Dumbo late afternoon because we were off to the theatre.
Long story short, the Book of Mormon is a musical by the writers of South Park. It’s sold out every session for the last 3 years. So we decided to head on up to the ticket office to suss out the situation. Too our luck they had two seats free at a very decent price. So we go to see Book of Mormon. Hilariously funny, grossly obscene, aggressively sacrilegious, and very catchy. Let’s hope it can get to Australia sometime soon.