What we’re reading: Lesser-known 9/11 memorials, Las Vegas’ record-making Ferris wheel, joys of traveling solo


Seven lesser-known September 11 memorials in the New York City area

While the new Freedom tower and reflecting pools remain two of the most well-known memorials to September 11, there are others in the surrounding areas that deserve a visit.

· Greenwich Street, Manhattan, NY FDNY Memorial
Aside from the 9/11 Memorial itself, this is the closest remembrance piece to the actual Ground Zero site. It’s located across the street, in the west wall of Engine Company 10. The 56-foot-long bronze bas-relief artwork depicts firefighters at work, and contains the names of the 343 firefighters who fell during 9/11.

Las Vegas’ record-breaking Ferris wheel in numbers

The new Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip is ready to open. There are some interesting facts about the High Roller, as it is called.

— At 550 feet (167.64 meters), the High Roller is 9 feet (2.74 meters) taller than its closest competitor, the Singapore Flyer, and 100 feet (30.48 meters) taller than the London Eye.

The joys of traveling solo

For those that are single or who travel alone for business, there are some reasons why it’s better to go solo.

You generally get more of a cultural immersion when you’re by yourself. Depending upon where you are, locals may either pity you or find you an object of curiosity. This results in invites to dinner in private homes or to local events and other experiences not easily had when you’re a twosome or in a group.

(Photo: Ken Lund/Flickr Creative Commons)