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In Staten Island NY, An Awe-Inspiring Discovery

On Staten Island NY, An Awe-Inspiring Discovery

A view of the “winged” walls of the Staten Island September 11 Memorial, looking toward the water

On Staten Island NY, An Awe-Inspiring Discovery

The names of Staten Island residents who were victims of the 9-1-1 attacks are etched into the monument’s blocks

STATEN ISLAND NY – Surprise and awe were a Pottstown area traveling couple’s reactions to the discovery, during an impromptu trip to Staten Island in April (2014), of the gracefully designed and peaceful Staten Island September 11 Memorial. It is a place to sit and reflect on that day’s tragic events and lives lost, but it also is a quiet and superb vantage point from which to watch the sea-faring world float by the island on its way in and out of New York.

Reach the island by riding the Staten Island Ferry from the South Ferry terminal on South Street at Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan. The ferries are free and operate around the clock, usually three times hourly. The ride itself takes about 25-30 minutes depending on weather conditions; the ferry is enclosed and heated. On a clear day, the trip across the Hudson River and the Upper Bay offers unique views of the New York and New Jersey skylines.

Passengers arrive at the island’s St. George Terminal. As you leave the ferry and enter the departure hall, turn right (northwest) and exit out its side doors headed toward a paved walking path that follows the shoreline and Bank Street. It’s a short walk, only 2-10ths of a mile, from the ferry to the memorial. On your way, you’ll pass the outfield side of the baseball stadium that is home to the Staten Island Yankees (on the left).

Don’t limit your trip on the island to the memorial alone. It’s a great way to start a visit, but there’s much more to see and do.

On Staten Island NY, An Awe-Inspiring Discovery

The memorial serves as a place for quiet reflection

On Staten Island NY, An Awe-Inspiring Discovery

Surviving relatives have refered to the curved shape of its two walls as “postcards.”

On Staten Island NY, An Awe-Inspiring Discovery

The walls’ curved tips reach skyward, and are framed by blue and light clouds

Photos by Joe Zlomek for The Post Publications

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Note: This article originally appeared May 12 (2014) on TripAdvisor.com. Sanatoga Post Managing Editor Joe Zlomek is a TripAdvisor senior contributor and ranks among the top 1-percent of the travel website’s most-read reviewers of destinations and facilities.

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