Posted by: worldofwillwalton | December 28, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge

On Wednesday, Will and I spent the night with Team Petrone, so we could explore Brooklyn the next day.  The city is taking the old piers by the Brooklyn Bridge and turning them into park space.  Only one of them is done, but it happens to be the giant playground.  🙂  So Will and I headed over there to play.  It was great!  They had 4 different areas: a swing park, a slide park, a water park, and a sand park. We spent all of our time in the sand park.  Will had a blast playing in all of the mini houses and on the wooden train.  He made some friends, stole some toys, and ate lots of sand.  His idea of a perfect day.  🙂 

After an hour or so of playing, we loaded back in the stroller, because we had a long way to go.  Since we couldn’t really take the subway by ourselves, it is about a 6-7 mile walk from Brooklyn to our hotel.  We headed towards the Brooklyn Bridge along the water.  I couldn’t find the entrance to the bridge that didn’t include about 200 steps.  I almost started crying because I didn’t know what to do, so I took Will out of his stroller and just decided that we were going to have to tough it out.  I picked up the stroller that was full of our bags from spending the night, so it was really heavy and planned on carrying it up.  I was going to leave my 15 month old son to climb 200 concrete, steep steps by himself because there was no way I could carry the stroller and him.  Thankfully, just as we started, 2 guys were coming down the stairs and without even asking, one of them took the other side of my stroller and helped me carry it to the top.  The other guy started walking up the stairs with Will to make sure he didn’t fall.  Eventually, it was taking Will too long, so the guy picked him up and carried him to the top for me.  It was very nice of them because quite frankly I don’t think that either of us would have made it all the way to the top by ourselves.  Once we were at the top, I was loading him back in the stroller and a couple of other people even stopped and offered to help me because they thought I was going down.  Who says New Yorkers aren’t nice? 

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for the second time because Christie and I had done it when I was 5 months pregnant, so it was not new for Will.  🙂  Once in Manhattan, we explored and old Seaport with shops, then stopped by the site of the World Trade Center to pay our respects, then headed towards mid-town.  We stopped at the Children’s Art Museum because I thought it would be fun for Will to be able to get out and run around.  Unfortunately, it was for kids a little bit older.  It really was a shame, because it looked like so much fun.  They had all kinds of different stations where you made different crafts and pieces of artwork.  Maybe next time we go to NYC, we’ll have to go back.  We continued up to our hotel.  All in all, it took us about 6 hours to get back . . . making lots of stops on the way.  Once we got back, it was time for a nap for both of us until Jim got back from work!

He loved playing at the sand playground.

He loved playing at the sand playground.

Balancing . . . it moved side to side

Balancing . . . it moved side to side

Fun with concrete animals

Fun with concrete animals

He liked the little houses

He liked the little houses

His favorite part was ringing the bell on the train's head car

His favorite part was ringing the bell on the train's head car

"What are you looking at?"

"What are you looking at?"

One last ring of the bell before we left.

One last ring of the bell before we left.

Just before we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge

Just before we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge

A view of Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park

A view of Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Crossing the bridge

Crossing the bridge

My favorite picture from the trip!

My favorite picture from the trip!

Half way across the bridge with the Manhattan Bridge in the background

Half way across the bridge with the Manhattan Bridge in the background

Almost across

Almost across

View of the World Trade Center from the church that escaped unscathed.  The bell of Hope.

View of the World Trade Center from the church that escaped unscathed. The bell of Hope.

Spot where the World Trade Centers stood . . .9 years later and still nothing but debris

Spot where the World Trade Centers stood . . .9 years later and still nothing but debris

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