After sleeping in and resting up we got ready for today's venture. We headed down south to the 9/11 Memorial to the site of the World Trade Center to pay our respects. As we walked around the sacred grounds so many emotion ran through me. I immediately went back to where I was when that horrific day happened. I was in my high school English class when a classmate ran in and told us to turn on the T.V. We all know what I saw.
As I walked through this serene place listening to the sounds of the peaceful waterfalls, I quietly read the names.
We took a brake for lunch and work stuff and headed across the street to Brookfield Place NY. Inside this massive shopping mecca was some of the finest retailers around. We headed for the food court, which was something more like out of a Las Vegas Casino complex. So many different choices of quality food, it was hard to decide. The view's were spectacular and I gazed out on the Hudson River watching the numerous beautiful yachts docked and heading out of port.
This was truly a great place to work from as everything I needed was within reach, including the calmness of the water next to me.
Once we finished up, we went down into the 9/11 Memorial. Immediately, I felt over come yet again with the emotions. As we descended down the stairs into the crypt I was truly impressed with the design and thought that went into this project.
As we explored and read all the displays and stories a few things stood out to me in a very personal way.
The images of the burnt and destroyed fire trucks, old damaged police badges, and the honor beam decorated with memorabilia of the rescue and clean up crews hit home. Being a 1st responder myself with many many dear friends in these professions, I couldn't help but picture them and myself on the other side of this. What would we have done if it was us responding to this event? Truth is, we would have done the same thing as these fallen heros, and very likely could be us being memorialized.
We continue through watching the videos replay the planes crashing into the towers, hearing the sounds of chaos of the day, and quietly reflecting the monumental impact that day would have on us all.
Next thing I realize, we have been in there for nearly 5 hours and are being asked to leave as it was now 9pm and they were closed. I couldn't believe how long we had been down there and there were still 2 more sections for us to go. We were able to briskly walk through them on our way and I look forward to coming back again one day and finish seeing the remaining stories. This is truly an ALL DAY event, so plan accordingly.
As we left, I got a text from my buddy who also happens to be the owner of Infamous Brewing Company, Josh Horrowitz. Josh was crucial to our early days of getting Destination Brewing Co. off the tarmac. Josh was nearby so we meet up and walked over together to a nearby bar for a drink.
We followed Josh who is a native New Yorker and knows this place like the back of his hand. He took us to this amazing bar, that was back at Brookfield Place NY called Le District. This bar was very classy and had a great selection of products, with attentive and knowledgeable bar staff. From here we head out to Josh's old stomping grounds and head to a "secretive" place known as PDT...This hidehole turned out to no longer be a secret. The concealed door behind the telephone booth was wide open and a line out the door.
Instead of wasting valuable time, we head across the street to a very eclectic tap room, Proletariat. This cozy craft room is well worth finding. This place only carries true craft beers from around New York and was the only craft beer establishment carrying a variance of excellent lambic beers. If you're really lucky...they may even have a cask of Cantillon
in stock, we weren't so lucky. They get one keg once a year, so buy a lottery ticket if you are in luck.
As the night wore on, Josh and I engaged in some deep talks about his start in the craft beer world. Josh's family comes from a long line of enriched classic New York culture and it's easy to see where Infamous got its roots. Who know's maybe one day we will make a video for ya'll sharing these behind the scenes personal stories... stay tuned ;)
As we closed out our night, we could not do so with out heading to one of Josh's favorite late night eatery locations...Korea Town!!!
As we finally got dropped off at New Wonjo and were greeted with friendly smiles and an incredible aroma. The staff was incredibly kind, but VERY STRICT with no alcohol passed the allotted time. Instead, the manager brought us out an incredible noodle dish to keep our minds more focused on their amazing cuisine before us.
As the sun began to peak out through the towers around us, we knew it was time to call it a night...or day. Word to the wise, if you're going to enjoy a real New Yorker experience seek out a local like Josh, and be prepared for a LONG and memorable night. Thanks Josh, that was truly a night I will cherish my friend.