View of the Statue of Liberty from the Windows on the World restaurant
New York City and the Manhatten Bridge
The sphere as it stood in the courtyard between the two towers
Ruth took a picture of the sphere again when she was in NYC in October of 2009. It was recovered from the wreckage and is now on display at Battery Park.
Most people also stand in long lineups and pay a lot of money to see the Statue of Liberty. We found out that you could take the free Staten Island Ferry and get the same view of the statue and the NYC skyline. And no lineups. Did I mention we hate standing in lineups! You just don't get off the ferry, and stay on for the return trip back to the city.
Another thing I found out during my research was that the delegates dining lounge in the United Nations building was open to the public. The U.N. was not in session when we were there, so it was pretty quiet. However, I was wearing jeans and running shoes, and the restaurant if very fussy regarding proper attire, and they didn't want to let me in. However I pleaded enough that they gave me a jacket to wear and because my jeans were black and not blue, they let me in.
Here's the website for the restaurant, which appears to still be open to the public...
It is buffet brunch style, and I think it still costs $25 per person. But I had read that the food was comparable to the buffet at the Waldorf Astoria which cost $50 per person at the time, and it was...we enjoyed it a lot. I still remember that they had these little tiny grapes that were so sweet!