NY Minute: Downtown Adventure (Part 2)

Are you ready for another NY Downtown Adventure?

My husband Abraham, my friend Minette, and I stood in front of a busy intersection in Chinatown. We’re lost! We didn’t know which way to turn.

Abraham took out his cell phone and googled the direction from our location to Lombardi’s pizza in Little Italy, then he motioned us to follow him.

We walked a few blocks and came to a corner in Broome Street where I saw this colorful mural. At that time, I didn’t know that it was painted by Tristan Eaton. He is a Los Angeles-based street artist whose artwork can be found in various cities across the globe. Big City of Dreams – yes that’s New York!

Big City of Dreams by Tristan Eaton
Big City of Dreams

People from different parts of the world moved to New York to start a new life and to reach for their dreams. One of these dreamers was Gennaro Lombardi. He was an Italian immigrant who opened the FIRST pizzeria in the United States in 1905.

Lombardi’s Pizza

YES! We finally arrived at Lombardi’s Pizza. The place was packed, and we waited for 30-minutes before we were seated in a basement level room. We ordered a large 16-inch white pizza. The thin, slightly charred, coal oven baked pizza was good! My only regret was I forgot to order additional toppings. I could have enjoyed it more with s bit of sweet Italian sausage!

Lombardi’s White Pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, romano, oregano, black pepper, and garlic-infused oil

I checked the time, and it was already 4:15 pm. We still need to visit the 9/11 Memorial, so we paid the bill and rushed out the door. As we walked down the street, I took one more photo of this vibrant neighborhood. Till next time Little Italy. Ciao!

Gatsby’s at Little Italy

We hopped on the bus at Broadway and hopped off at the bus stop near the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex. It is open daily from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. Entrance to the memorial is free; you need to buy tickets for the museum.


The names of the victims are inscribed around the twin memorial pools.  I felt sad thinking of all the lives that were lost during that tragic day in New York.

9/11 Memorial South Pool
9/11 Memorial South Pool

9/11 Memorial South Pool

We wanted to go to the museum, but it was already 5:30 pm. We have to be at the Port Authority Bus Terminal by 6:00 PM for our trip back to Albany, NY. I sighed and told my husband that I really want to visit the museum someday. Abraham nodded and said, “we also need to go there!” He pointed at the new One World Trade Center.

One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center

The new One World Trade Center is one of the buildings of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. It is now the tallest skyscraper in the United States! It took years for New York to rise from the ashes, but it did! Stronger than ever – it is still the Big City of Dreams!

There are more places to discover in NYC, and I can’t wait to go back! Have you been to New York? Where did you go? If not, are you planning to visit New York someday? Please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

What & Where

Lombardi’s Pizza New York

9/11 Memorial and Museum

33 responses to “NY Minute: Downtown Adventure (Part 2)”

  1. I love reading about your adventures. I really enjoy getting lost in New York. You definitely need to see the view. I went to top of the rock the last time I was there – amazing!

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    • It’s fun getting lost in New York! We’ve discovered a lot more places and it made our trip more exciting. Thanks for reading and sharing your experience with us. We will definitely check out the view from one of the skyscrapers next time.


      • The last time I went the World Trade Centers we’re still standing! It was only a few months before 9/11. I want to see that memorial you saw in the worst way. That’s too on my list.

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      • I’d love to see the new One World Trade Center! I’m going to start planting a seed and get the family interested in going… My husband has never been! You’ve got me excited… we live pretty close (we are in New Hampshire). It’s so crazy we haven’t been in so long!

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      • It would be a fun experience for the whole family to visit NYC. I’ve been to New Hampshire for my friend’s wedding in Loon Mountain. It was fall and the views are simply amazing!


  2. Downtown New York reminds me of Los Angels! Lots of street art and oldschool buildings. Oooh, the pizza looks DELICIOUS! Thin crusts are the best. It is great that you got to check out the memorial. Glad you enjoyed your time out there ♥

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    • So many creative artists in LA, I can only imagine how nice the murals are. Yes, thin crust pizza is the best! I’m glad we were able to go to the places we wanted to see in NY. Although, 8 hours is not enough. Thanks for reading and stopping by Nancy! 😊


  3. It doesn’t matter how many times I go to NY, I nearly always get myself slightly lost when I go downtown. I found the 9/11 memorial really overwhelming. The first time I visited NY wasn’t that long after and when we got there it was still this huge hole in the ground. It’s felt strange watching them rebuild over the years x


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    • I’ve been there a few times and I still got lost. I haven’t seen ground zero before it was rebuilt, but I understand why it could be overwhelming. It was a moving experience walking through the memorial.


  4. So many things to see in New York – for us the 9/11 memorial was the one that left a mark in our hearts. You leave knowing that something like that can never happen again but also with a sense that we are all connected and how something as horrific as this often brings people together and how important community is.
    On a lighter note , we were there over the Christmas period and we loved the Fifth Ave Christmas lights on Saks and the festive spirit❤️

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  5. Your New York posts made me nostalgic! I went to NYU and walked by a lot of these places all the time. Lombardi’s is the best! Glad you were able to fit so much into a day.

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