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mo_fire
04-14-2007, 11:58 AM
I lost my best friend to the the first tower of the WTC.

I never thought I would be able to "see" New York or walk in New York again.

I went back last September 11th for the 5 year memorial. I planned to go alone because I knew it would be very difficult and painful because I never imagined to be there without her - my friend.

At the last minute, I asked my mother to come with me for the 4 days. Like a good mother when she is needed (and asked) - she cancelled everything. Likkle Mo stayed home with Grandpa (also a first, but fun for her).

When I was flying in, I purposely avoided looking out the window for the trademark skyline of days gone by.

I arrived in Mid-town Manhatten, and avoided the WTC area. My Mom encouraged me to let her take me to the site the day before the memorial to "prepare". We went about 6 a.m. because I didn't want to be a part of the masses conveining for the memorial the next day. I took flowers, I sat in the cemetary for an hour (at least) before I could walk down. I cried for my friend, and I cried for what New York used to be and mean to me.

It was a good thing to do. It DID make the lengthy memorial the next day slightly easier (except all of the news people dem wanting to ask questions about who I was there for, how my life had changed, etc.)

And then, the day after, it was as if New York was this fresh, new, wonderful place again. A "new" New York - a strong New York. I pretended like I was seeing this new place for the very first time.

I took my Mom to Central Park's Tavern on the Green for lunch to thank her for all she did to help, support and encourage me. I took her on a harbour cruise (she has never been to New York).

We did tourist things, we drank a little too much at Bond 45 while the bartender told us about the old Vaudeville days, we walked and walked. We attended a prayer for peace at Deepak Chopra's centre on Broadway.

I felt refreshed going home - the weight of the loss of my Berry was gone. I was able to say good bye - sort of.

And now I am constantly yearning to go back and show Likkle Mo New York now (even though I thought I would never take her because it would be too hard to explain "the towers" and why Auntie Berry wasn't there).

I want her to see the great things in New York that you will find no where else in the world - the Museum of Natural History, Broadway, etc, etc. etc.

To anyone who has bad expeiences in NYC, or sees "more crime", etc. I will echo the sentiment of anyone else who "knows" New York. It is all in how you carry yourself, and it is all about knowing how to keep your eyes on your surroundings and know what to do when confronted with a difficult situation - LIKE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD! New York is not only beautiful, but compared to many of the cities and countries that I visited and lived in in the world (Jamaica for example), I find it more safe, with more people to help you if necessary, especially in light of September 11, 2000.

Thanks for the inspiration to share my experiences on my last trip to New York Sammy!

atticus
04-14-2007, 02:16 PM
Interesting report. Thanks for sharing it. I like to visit NYC, just can't imagine how anyone lives there

Hush Darlin
04-15-2007, 11:52 PM
awwww ((((((((((Mo_fire)))))))))

sammy
05-22-2007, 05:49 PM
I am so sorry I am just now seeing this........

Your visit took tremendous courage.......thanks for sharing

((((((((((((((((((((mofire)))))))))))))))

Magician
05-22-2007, 06:13 PM
Thanks for bringing this post to the surface. I too missed it the first time around.

Glad you made the trip Mo. (((Mo)))
Without it you'd live with a void. Not that you've been and said goodbye to your friend, you closed that hole and can move on.

NY nice man. But I don't think I'd live there again. Too cold in the winter!

Nanook
05-27-2007, 12:04 PM
((((mofire)))...I am just seeing this for the first time as well. My heart goes out to you I bet that was a very hard first step back to a place it sounds as though you love. Good for you for managing it, and coming out stronger for it.

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mo_fire
05-29-2007, 08:28 AM
Thanks all... I only posted because at the time, there were several oterhs sabotaging some elses trip to NYC citing all of the violence and crime. I wanted to highlight that there is violence and crime EVERYWHERE, and it is all in how you conduct yourself when you travel. New York cannot be knocked for crime and violence any more than any other place in the world.

It was a good trip for me, and I am ready to go back again... and take Likkle Mo this time - the the Museum of Natural History, a show on Broadway, maybe the Tribecca Film Festival... Harlem for some good Soul food...

The city is so vibrant and culturally diverse. So much to do and see. And one of the biggest heartbeats of America.

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Seveen
05-29-2007, 03:49 PM
abu loved new york - all the people and the tall buildings

but he was blown away by

ToysRUs in Times Square - that place is HUGE

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St_Bess
05-29-2007, 04:52 PM
Thanks mo-fire for your positive trip report on your visit to NYC. I have lived in NYC and its suburbs for nearly 35 years and the only time a crime was committed against me was when I lived on Long Island (exit 52 LIE)over 50 miles from Manhattan.

MarieK
06-11-2007, 07:11 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mo_fire</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Thanks all... I only posted because at the time, there were several oterhs sabotaging some elses trip to NYC citing all of the violence and crime. I wanted to highlight that there is violence and crime EVERYWHERE, and it is all in how you conduct yourself when you travel. New York cannot be knocked for crime and violence any more than any other place in the world.

It was a good trip for me, and I am ready to go back again... and take Likkle Mo this time - the the Museum of Natural History, a show on Broadway, maybe the Tribecca Film Festival... Harlem for some good Soul food...

The city is so vibrant and culturally diverse. So much to do and see. And one of the biggest heartbeats of America.

Thanks all. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif </div></div>

There was NO consipiracy, No sabotage, I merely pointed out things that happened when I was there. :kissteet:

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